School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Projects

Land Use Process and Urban Sprawl (LUPUS)

LUPUS explored the economic processes under-pinning the phenomenon of urban sprawl. In particular, the project investigated the role of the spatial distribution of environmental amenities in urban sprawl and the influence of future land development on agricultural land values.

Throughout the project, urban sprawl was considered to be the simultaneous result of two separate mechanisms. On the one hand, are the effects of the behaviour of households and firms and the development patterns that they engender in suburban areas, while on the other hand is the influence of evolving land values and of developing agricultural and land use policies.