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Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era$
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Karen C. Seto and Anette Reenberg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026901

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026901.001.0001

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Ways Forward to Explore Sustainable Land Use in an Urbanizing World

Ways Forward to Explore Sustainable Land Use in an Urbanizing World

(p.333) 17 Ways Forward to Explore Sustainable Land Use in an Urbanizing World
Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era

Anette Reenberg

Karen C. Seto

The MIT Press

The magnitude and rate of change over recent years and simultaneous trends in urbanization, economic integration, and emergence of new land agents require us to rethink sustainable global land use. Conceptualizing how sustainable land use can be achieved must be informed by implicit normative and fairness issues, and this requires expertise beyond the core land science and urban research communities. Radical advancements of a more conceptual nature seem to be important if progress in land-related research is to be made beyond the traditional plea for a higher level of cross-disciplinary integration. Five issues emerged as critical to internalize in future global land-change and urbanization research: (a) time and space interdependencies, (b) distal land connections, (c) the move away from territorial definitions, (d) revalorization of land, and (e) equity and fairness. To meet the challenges associated with the globalization of land resources and their implications for land sustainability, further dialog is required to bring together the perspectives from different spatial scales, goals, and geographic contexts. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.

Keywords:   sustainable land use, urbanization, economic integration, distal land connections, cross-disciplinary research

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