Trends and Challenges: Global Urbanisation and Urban Mobility

  • Philipp Rode
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mobility book series (LNMOB)


Throughout the world, urban policymakers continue to struggle balancing the ever-increasing levels of activity in cities against the need for more-sustainable forms of urban development. City-making challenges are exacerbated by the global environmental crisis and concerns about climate change, resource depletion, increased levels of pollution, and the loss of biodiversity. These concerns are directly related to current unsustainable patterns of urbanisation. This chapter first focuses on the overall context of global urbanisation and its connections to the challenge of urban transport. With reference to the current growth of cities and the ongoing urbanisation evident in many parts of the world, it details three main components of this growth: people, urban land, and transport. The chapter moves on to highlight the problems, challenges and risks that cities are facing today by looking at the central environmental, economic and social concerns that have emerged in relation to the systemic, spatial component of cities and its linkages to urban transport and access to the city. The chapter concludes by highlighting the importance of working productively with the interrelatedness of urban systems, particularly with regard to land use and urban transport.


Ecological Footprint Social Concern Gated Community Urban Transport Slum Dweller 
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This essay is based on a contribution to the Green Economy Report’s cities chapter published by the United Nations Environment Programme [70] and on the author’s research on integrated planning, design and transport.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philipp Rode
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  1. 1.London School of EconomicsLondonUK

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