Towards Situated Analyses of Uneven Peri‐Urbanisation: An (Urban) Political Ecology Perspective

Lara Esther Bartels, Antje Bruns, David Simon

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In this article we develop a novel analytical framework for situated studies
of uneven peri-urbanisation that resist further dividing Marxist and Situated (Urban) Political Ecology. We conceptualise uneven peri-urbanisation as a process in which access to the resources mobilised for peri-urban developments, such as water or land, is rendered uneven. In a three-step approach we suggest, first, describing how peri-urbanisation unfolds in the case being studied and distinguish it from other processes, such as suburbanisation. Second, we propose analysing the transformations of nature on which the peri-urbanisation process is based; and third, examining the uneven power relations infusing inequalities into these transformations and consequently into the peri-urbanisation process described. To allow for a situated analysis this approach regards the study of practices as crucial, but they have to be embedded in wider socio-economic, political, and historical processes, since both contribute to transformations of nature and thus shape uneven peri-urbanisation.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberanti.12632
Pages (from-to)1237-1258
Number of pages22
Issue number5
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Apr 2020


  • peri-urbanisation
  • suburbanisation
  • urban political ecology
  • inequalities
  • practices
  • power

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