Digitising the Periphery

Digitising the Periphery

Co-Producing Pathways to Digital Democracy and Sustainable Urbanisation


Rapid and widespread growth of urban peripheries in the Global South have made them the frontiers of planetary scale urbanisation. In India this has been matched by a ‘digital revolution’ in urban governance which has presented profound challenges to peripheral municipalities with degraded infrastructures, low digital capacities and high degree of inequalities. This project will investigate how urban peripheries are being transformed by digital infrastructures and technologies and how this is in turn producing new social and material inequalities across digital-territorial margins.

Aims and Objectives

Municipal digitisation

Investigate how peripheral municipalities implement national digitisation initiatives within systems of local governance.

Public services

Examine the struggles faced by marginal citizens in accessing public services in the peripheries and the pathways they use to overcome these struggles and build resilience

Policy interventions

Develop policy interventions on urbanisation and digitisation in the peripheries to address SDGs #10 and #11 and the New Urban Agenda

Pathways to SDGs

Co-produce a pathway to digital democracy and inclusive urbanisation with marginalised citizens that give them visibility and voice in state digitisation programmes, while making technological systems transparent and accountable.


Rethinking the Periphery

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Build and develop multi-stakeholder partnerships to co-design, collaborate and deliver UN SDG goal #11 and the Habitat III-New Urban Agenda. 

Innovate and co-produce ‘deep data’ with ordinary citizens to counter peripheralisation and direct policy on inclusive and sustainable cities

Develop capacity of marginal communities to use digital technology and become more knowledgeable about inclusive and sustainable urban futures. 

International Collaboration

Project Team

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