Urbanisation refers to the population shift from rural to urban areas and the ways in which societies adapt to this change. Read through the resources below to learn more about urbanisation and how it impacts society.
More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas — increasingly in highly-dense cities. However, urban settings are a relatively new phenomenon in human history. This transition has transformed the way we live, work, travel and build networks. This entry presents an overview of urbanisation across the world, extending from the distant past, to present, and projections of future trends.