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Why does urbanization occur in certain places?

How do socio-economic processes and biophysical processes interact and lead to urban development?

How can we foster global sustainability as the world continues to urbanize?

Urbanization is one of the megatrends of the 21st century. History is in the making and we are all actors in these critical times during which moving towards urban sustainability is becoming virtually synonymous with approaching planetary sustainability. The outcome is uncertain because it depends so much on how we shape cities of the 21st century. In Sao Paolo, in Shanghai, in Kinshasa, in İstanbul, in large and small cities emerging, growing, expanding in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world as we move rapidly toward a world where 9 out of 10 of us will be living in cities. Welcome to the Urban Planet!

Do you want to contribute to solving some of the most urgent urban sustainability challenges of our times? Contribute to shaping a world where urban becomes synonymous with eco-friendly, just, sustainable, equitable, green, but also efficient? We are, here at the Urban Dynamics and Sustainability (UDAS) Research Group at Texas A&M University (TAMU), studying, analyzing, synthesizing, visualizing, and story-telling the most critical challenges of our rapidly urbanizing planet and the solutions to address these challenges.

If your answer is yes, UDAS at TAMU may just be the place for you.

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