Economics ETDs

Publication Date

Summer 7-24-2020


Rapid and haphazard infrastructural expansion often contributes to large negative externalities in cities. Environmental problems like air pollution and degradation of quality-of-life elements in an urban settlement are attributed to urban sprawl. Evidence based planning tools need to be developed which can help manage the rapid urbanization that is taking place in the developing world. In this context, we examine the relationship between health outcomes and the different spatial- temporal aspects of an urban-built environment in Siddharthanagar Metropolitan City which is a major settlement in southwestern Nepal. We attempt to identify the aspects of built environment which are closely associated with the exacerbation of a chronic lung condition, COPD. This study has been modeled in the context of developing world cities, it investigates and formulates a possible technique of assessing urban environment.

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Department Name

Department of Economics

First Committee Member (Chair)

Alok K. Bohara

Second Committee Member

Andrew Goodkind

Third Committee Member

Sarah S. Stith

Fourth Committee Member

Jingjing Wang




Urbanization, Public Health, Built environment, GIS

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