Second annual Suburbin seminar

The seminar will be at the Center for Policy Research in Delhi, the 16th and

17th april 2012

Day 1


9:00-10:30 AM

Introduction – Objectives and orientations after one year (Marie – Hélène and Eric)

Presentation of a paper on “Placing Suburbin” (Eric, Partha and Marie – Hélène) and discussion


11-00:00 PM

Objective of macro analysis after the two meetings – August 2011 and January 2012

Presentation of the approach, main questions and methods:


  1. Chandra: NSS and Indiapolis agglomeration landscape at district level – circular migration and employment
  2. Mainak & Basu: productivity’s disparities and urbanization
  3. Julien: Census 2011 and the quasi-urbanization trend


02:00-4:00 PM


  1. Milap: Remote sensing analysis of small town in Bihar, NCR and Rajasthan
  2. Joan Pérez: On mobility and growth in small and medium cities
  3. Rémi de Bercerol: Public finance and small cities (PhD abstract and prospect)


04:15 – 06:00

  • Agenda and schedule of macrostudies
  • SUBURBIN review of literature
  • Practical questions and schedule for years 2 & 3.
  • documentation and macro meso data, spatial analysis


Day 2


9:00 – 9:30

Return on the discussion held since the beginning of the programme (introduction to the micro day/recall of the discussions held in August 2011)


Then, all the researchers involved in the micro studies will present their preliminary field work and discuss:

  • the relevance of the case study in the framework of SUBURBIN
  • the approach chosen and the methodology applied
  • the first results
  • the next steps


10:00 – 01:00 PM


  1. Venkat & Bhuvana: On Bhavani-Salem region’s industrial and investment dynamics
  2. Gopa: on Barjora, Sonamukhi, Memari, Singur
  3. Kamala & Julien: The stakeholders panorama in Palar Valley, Tamil Nadu


02:00 – 04:00 PM

  1. Sri: Student’s monographs
  2. Mythri: on Pasighat: Land, business, identity and the commons
  3. Solly: on Manipal – Udupi land’s political economy
  4. Diya: Kullu


04:15 – 06:00 PM

  • Thematic focus for SUBURBIN  fieldwork
  • Linkages and feedback macro and micro


The aim is to be able to exchange on the basis of written texts. These do not need to be finalized or even draft papers. However, we would expect everybody to circulate a written paper to ensure better discussions and feedbacks. PPT can be used for the oral presentation.

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The Indian Express, 16 April 2012