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At Karachi Urban Lab, our research locates Pakistan's ongoing local and regional transformations in urban spaces, municipal politics and everyday livelihood systems. We examine the "urban" as a shifting and contentious frontier that simultaneously encompasses and peripheralizes places, and as a critical zone of experiment, engagement and dense "life."

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As both large metropolitan centers and 'small towns' continue to take shape, they generate unparalleled ecological imprints on those who reside in them as well on their hinterlands; they also confront extensive challenges of pollution, inadequate transport, water supply, energy and sanitation, as well affordable housing and congested informal settlements.

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Even though the transformation of Pakistani cities into livable, sustainable and just environments presents a challenge for governments, policymakers and resident communities, it also presents opportunities for academics and researchers to re-imagine the contemporary urban context in new ways. At KUL our projects are collaborative, involving community members, activists, policymakers, and local and international academics."

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