The neglected dimension: Socio-cultural indicators in the assessment of sustainable development in megacities
Paper in proceedings, 2008
In the case of fast developing megacities of emerging countries, an integrated concept for the assessment of SUD, including the social and cultural dimensions comprehensively, is of particular need: Megacities are locations of polarization of people. Different cultural, social and income groups live closely together, thus opening an area of conflict. However, for the aspect of social sustainability, a theoretically stringent, systematic and comprehensive rationale which is translated into practical application does not yet exist.
The aim of the paper is to shed light on theories within the social and cultural dimensions of the sustainability assessment, on the specific socio-cultural challenges in megacities and on existing indicator systems possibly applicable in those megacities. Based on existing studies and expert interviews of local stakeholders, specific requirements for the assessment of the social and cultural dimensions are formulated for the emerging megacity Hyderabad (India). Following this analysis, both the gaps in research and practice as well as challenges and responses are pointed out.
Sustainable Urban Development