Research Themes

"Spatial Structure and Developmental Issues in South Asia"

Striking changes in social and economic spaces have accompanied the rapid economic development caused by globalization in contemporary India and South Asia. Advances in globalization and in domestic market growth and consolidation have resulted in large-scale changes to the spatial structures of these countries, for example through the rapid development of major cities, the growth in regional disparities, the consolidation and restructuring of economic spaces, and the development of industrial clusters. These spatial changes have occurred alongside many kinds of development, including resource, urban, rural, economic, and social development. Notwithstanding its significant benefits, development has created various countrywide, local, and socially unsustainable problems, including urban and environmental problems.

Spatial and developmental issues are especially important topics for investigation in this region given the geographic diversity of South Asian countries and the strong regional identities of states in the Indian federation. At HINDAS, in order to explore these increasingly complex spatial structures, GIS is used to aggregate, display, and analyze data, complementing sound regional research based on fieldwork. This approach enables us to present, from a “glocal” (combination of global and local) point of view, the regional identities and inter-regional relationships that underpin contemporary India and the other South Asian countries, while helping to solve spatial and development problems in the region.

Responsibility for progress on the overall research project lies with the entire research group, rather than with individual subgroups, as it is essential that the information infrastructure and research results be shared to promote organic cooperation and successfully achieve the research goals.