Managing the Urban-Rural Divide Through an Inclusive Framework


Book Description

The SARCHI Chair for Inclusive Cities underwent the project of book production titled Managing the Urban-Rural Divide Through an Inclusive Framework. The book will be published by IGI-Global (formerly Idea Group Inc). The project process started early 2022 and will be completed 2023. The book aims to capture the spatial and socio-economic divide between rural and urban areas. This book project is seen as a necessity and road map to revamping the discussion that surrounds the urban-rural sphere. It remains a necessity for researchers to be involved in the reawakening of the rural-urban spatial and economic divide argument. The book is of great relevance to scholars in planning, development studies, rural development, agricultural studies, sociology, geography, housing, community development, construction management and political science and other interdisciplinary studies who are interested in critiquing both urban and rural space. The book should be envisaged as a material database for the urban-rural problem identifiers and problem-solving approaches to some case studies for both urban and rural issues. Therefore, the proposed book will “collapse spatial walls” of urban and rural areas that seek to uncover the true perspectives of diversity, inclusion, equity, justice, and fairness within social realms. The depth of this book’s enquiry rests on its critical investigation of urban and rural struggles for improved livability and livelihood enhancement.


  • Dr. Ayobami Popoola, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Professor. H. Magidimisha-Chipungu, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Professor. Lovemore Chipungu, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The book is expected to consist of over 20 chapters across various aspects of inclusivity that captures urban-rural divide.

Book Deliverable

Book production estimated time is August 2023

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