Managing rapid urban growth presents a significant challenge in the small independent countries of the Pacific Islands. Although they originated in colonial times, the towns and cities are now distinctively post-colonial, with economies, environments and social structures that reflect unique island characteristics. This transformation has stimulated new concerns, such as the causes and effects of pollution, the need for employment for landless migrants, the need for adequate and affordable housing and the financing of expanding urban services.
This book explores the diversity of the urban experience in the ten independent island states, focusing on strategies to secure long term sustainable development.
'There is much to recommend in Urbanisation in the Island Pacific. …it has brought Pacific urban experiences belatedly into the mainstream. The authors, in successfully conveying the complexity and sheer number of pressing issues that the region's towns and cities face, have made a strong case for much greater attention and research in the future.' - Urban Studies
The Pacific Rim is the world’s most dynamic region. The rate of political, social, economic and cultural change is considerable, resulting in and from environmental and landscape change at various scales, from the regional, national and urban to the neighbourhood and the body. This series focuses on the issues of environmental change, urban, social and cultural transformation, and local and regional restructuring, and welcomes manuscripts that deal with local, national, regional and transnational geographies. It incorporates the best of contemporary research to provide a range of volumes that examine key developments in the region and that speak to global debates in geography and across the social sciences.