A socio-spatial methodology for evaluating urban land governance: the case of informal settlements

B.K. Alemie, R.M. Bennett, J.A. Zevenbergen

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Abstract

Urban land has social and spatial dimensions. Governance of urban land should consider these dimensions. Existing methods of evaluating land governance tend to focus on the social dimensions: the spatial dimensions are considered less. A socio-spatial approach developed here is argued to fill this gap. This research supposes that informal settlements can be used to understand urban land governance. A conceptual framework that links urban land governance, socio-spatial dimensions and informal settlements is developed and tested through a case study. The results show that the socio-spatial methodology improved understanding of equity, efficiency and transparency as compared with the existing approaches which are solely based on poor-quality and unreliable data. This methodology can be used beyond informal settlements such as understanding infrastructural delivery and quality, mapping potential conflict areas and urban land uses where governance plays a great role. Overall, the socio-spatial methodology enabled an all-encompassing evaluation of urban land governance
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-309
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of spatial science
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2015

Keywords

  • METIS-310169

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