Latin American and Caribbean Rural & Urban Studies Group

Latin American and Caribbean Rural & Urban Studies Group

Latin America is the most urbanised continent in the world with almost four-fifths of its population living in cities, the latest UN-Habitat statistics show that the region will have 90% of its population living in cities by 2050. 

Amongst multiple issues, this migration has caused uncontrolled sprawl, growth of informal settlements, and lack of investment in public transport has increased the use of private cars with catastrophic health consequences due to air pollution.

Our research group explores the problems caused by the migration. Focusing on action-research and capacity building, we work with local governments and communities with an aim to improve health and quality of life, combat poverty and inequality and boost community’s resilience to face climate change. 

Please see below for more information about the initiative, and relevant news and events.

External links

Development and urbanism blog

Dr Claudia Murray blogs about urban design and the future of cities in her Development and urbanism blog.


Lima COP20 Conference article

Coverage of the Lima Climate Change Conference 2014


RTCC article on inequality

Dr Claudia Murray writes for RTCC about how inequality is not just a social issue and how it has considerable impact on climate change.


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For more information please contact Claudia Murray by email at or by phone on 0118 378 6338.