Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 384

JGRP Articles

Spatial suitability for urban sustainable densification in a borderland city

October 2017

The traditional approach to pursuit of sustainable urban development involves an integrated, long-term planning process based on a series of environmental, economic, equity and livability societal values, for creating healthy and prosperous communities that not only meet the physical needs but also the aspirations of their residents. Urban land plays a central role as the material basis of this process; therefore,...

Author(s): Erick Sánchez Flores and Marisol Rodríguez Sosa

Low cost geothermal energy indicators and exploration methods in Kenya

September 2017

Geothermal power is one of the safest and environment friendly energy worldwide. It has been harvested in Kenya since 1956 with most potential sites being along the Rift Valley. There are surface manifestations such as hot springs and mudpools that are visible. Different methods of exploration are usually applied, including geophysical, geochemical and geological methods. This paper highlights different geothermal...

Author(s): Mary Wandia Macharia, Moses Karoki Gachari, David Ndegwa Kuria and Nicholas Obuya Mariita

Built environment and individual travel behavior: Findings from two Bangkok districts

September 2017

As many cities in the global South are expanding rapidly, their urban form and built environment transforms and thus people’s travel demand and behaviour. This paper investigates how the built environment on district level influences individuals’ travel behavior and rationales for activity and mode choice in two Bangkok districts. Findings shows that individuals in the sparse outer district – who...

Author(s): Jerry Olsson, and Koranis Tanangsnakool

Urban renewal strategies in developing nations: A focus on Makoko, Lagos State, Nigeria

August 2017

One of the greatest changes that have occurred in the last century in developing countries is the urban growths which have produced more slums in our cities. The study examines the physical conditions in Makoko, an urban slum in Lagos, Nigeria. Geographical information system (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) technologies were used, in a post classification, to model possible land use changes in the area overtime. It also...

Author(s): Michael Ajide Oyinloye, Isaac Oluwadare Olamiju and Olusola Olalekan Popoola

Assessing land use and land cover change using participatory geographical information system (PGIS) approach in Nguruman Sub-catchment, Kajiado north Sub county, Kenya

August 2017

Approaches that bridge the technology and knowledge gaps between policy makers and local communities towards natural resource management are required. This study employed participatory Geographical Information System (PGIS) to assess and identify drivers of land use and land cover changes in Nguruman Sub-catchment. Data were collected following a focus group discussion (FGDs) during which a resource mapping exercise was...

Author(s): Malaki Philista Adhiambo, Geoffrey Kironchi, Stephen Mureithi and Vincent Kathumo

Evaluation of the institutional arrangements for rural water supply in Enugu State, Nigeria

August 2017

This paper presents a qualitative assessment of the institutional arrangements for public water supply to rural communities of the Enugu State, Nigeria, in order to isolate strategies that can enhance institutional strengthening and improve service delivery in the area. The data used were obtained through questionnaire surveys, field observations and from records in the states agencies responsible for public water...

Author(s): Obeta Michael C.

Predicting urban sprawl and land use changes in Akure region using markov chains modeling

July 2017

This study makes use of Markov chains modeling to predict sprawl and pattern of land use change in Akure region. Efforts were made to examine the trend of the expansion using Aerial Imagery Interpolation (AII). It focuses on overlaying of Landsat TM imageries of 1986, 2002, 2007 and 2014 to determine the land use changes and extent of expansion between 1985 and 2014. The land use were classified and displayed in colors...

Author(s): Owoeye J. O. and Popoola O. O.

Analysis of trends in rainfall and water balance characteristics of Awka, Nigeria

July 2017

This paper analyses the trend in rainfall and water balance characteristics of Awka, Nigeria using the monthly rainfall data retrieved from the archives of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency in Lagos from 1976 to 2015. The tools employed for the study are linear regression analysis, cumulative sum (CUSUM) technique, Walter’s cumulative index analysis and Thornthwaite’s method. Rainfall was observed to have...

Author(s): Chukwudi P. Nzoiwu, Emma E. Ezenwaji, Ifeanyi C. Enete and Nwabueze I. Igu

Municipal solid waste and flooding in Lagos metropolis, Nigeria: Deconstructing the evil nexus

July 2017

Municipal solid waste (MSW) has contributed significantly to flooding in the Lagos metropolis. This study examined the volume of MSW generated using per capita waste generation, projected population, quantity of MSW collected and deposited at six landfills sites from 2007 to 2013. One thousand and twenty-five copies of a structured questionnaire were administered to obtain data. The points where MSW blocked drainage...

Author(s): S. Ojolowo and B. Wahab

Web geographic information system (GIS) in accreditation and monitoring of professional training institutions for quality assurance: The case of Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB), Kenya

June 2017

Professional education is crucial not only in impacting citizens with skills and competencies in specific fields, but also in accelerating development in any country. Kenya aims at providing globally competitive quality education, training and research to her citizens. In line with these national goals and in order to maintain the quality of its qualifications, Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations...

Author(s): Daniel Ndambiri Ngunyi and Godfrey O. Makokha

Geospatial based biofuels suitability assessment in Ethiopia

June 2017

Due to the rising demands of fuels combined with efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emission, countries all over the world are looking for alternative clean energy sources such as biofuel. Ethiopia imports a huge amount of fuel each year and to supplement its energy needs efforts are underway for biofuel development. Despite this, comprehensive assessments of the suitable sites for biofuel feedstocks are lacking. This...

Author(s): Tenaw Geremew, Mitiku Adisu and Tamene Mengistu

Spatial analysis of the petrol stations in Khan-Younis city using geographic information system (GIS) techniques

June 2017

This study was conducted in Palestine, the Gaza strip in Khan Younis City. The study aimed at analyzing petrol stations locations in Khan Younis City. It used geographic information system (GIS) based multi standard analysis. 25 petrol stations are available in Khan Younis City, distributed in 11 neighborhoods. A preview was created about the different petrol stations in Khan Younis City. This outline includes the...

Author(s): Odeh Jameel El Faleet

Efficacy of forest resources governance on REDD+ performance in Uvinza district, western Tanzania

June 2017

This paper presents findings of a study on the effectiveness of forest resource governance on the performance of the REDD+ project in the Masito-Ugalla ecosystem in Uvinza district, western Tanzania through transparency, accountability, participation and integrity. The study was conducted in Ilagala, Karago and Kirando villages with the objective of understanding the effects of forest resources governance on REDD+...

Author(s): John E. Makunga and Salome B. Misana

The evaluation of land tenancy contracts using the analytical hierarchy process in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan

May 2017

New approaches and tools are needed to enable land tenancy arrangements in the developing countries to specify the landlord-tenant relationship in general and particularly in the targeted study area Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan. So this research work applied a multi-criteria decision making approach (MCDM) to investigate the important factors which greatly impact on initial signing process of land tenancy contracts...

Author(s): Majid Khan, Puangkaew Lurhathaiopath and Shusuke Matsushita

Success of high-rise residential condominium housing development program in meeting its objectives and its liveablity in Addis Ababa: A case of Bole sub city

May 2017

This study aims to study to examine the success of the condominium housing development program. The result of the study revealed that the housing development office is constructing and distributing condominium-housing units with slower pace. Settlement in high-rise residential condominium housing saves land from encroachment and improper utilization. The open space reserved at sites of condominium is not proportional to...

Author(s): Samuel Sahle Weldemariam

A GIS based land suitability analysis for sustainable agricultural planning in Gelda catchment, Northwest Highlands of Ethiopia

May 2017

The present study was carried out to examine the suitability status of plots of land for selected land utilization types (teff -Eragrostis tef, maize - Zea mays and finger millet - Eleusine coracana). The land mapping units of the study area, prepared from land resource survey, were used for the purposes of land evaluation. The methodology used for land suitability evaluation was GIS-based multi‐criteria evaluation...

Author(s): Ebrahim Esa and Mohamed Assen

Monitoring the urban growth of Debre Markos Town (1984-2012), Ethiopia: Using satellite images and GPS

April 2017

Urban growth is a worldwide phenomenon. It is a process which takes place rapidly to occupy the adjacent land of an area and changes in land use pattern, demographic features and transforms the economic activities of the people. Over the years, Ethiopian cities have experienced tremendous expansion which generates a great concern for urban planners. The present study used Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote...

Author(s): Abebaw Andarge

Rural youth outmigration, remittance and its impacts on migrant-sending households in Gojjam and Wolayta, Ethiopia

April 2017

Rural outmigration of young people from densely populated agricultural areas is a common phenomenon throughout Ethiopia. The objective of this study was to assess the impacts of remittances from out-migrant young people on the migrant-sending rural households. Primary data were gathered through a survey that covered 300 migrant-sending households; and from in-depth interviews. The findings revealed that migrant-family...

Author(s): Teferee Makonnen Kassa

Investigation of smart growth in traditional Islamic culture: Case study of Isfahan city in Iran

April 2017

There is widespread urban growth in a new concept with sustainable development in each society; it includes type of housing, mix land use, socio-cultural support and public transit access. This study firstly focuses on analyzing the land use pattern, transportation and cultural accessibility as well as investigating their relationship of smart growth in municipalities’ districts of Isfahan city. Secondly, it...

Author(s): Ali Assari, Shahead Maghreby and Maryam Mousavi Nik

Constraints of affordable housing through cooperative societies in tertiary institutions in Lagos State, Nigeria

March 2017

This study evaluated the different constraints of affordable housing and the different strategies employed by cooperative housing societies in tertiary institutions in Lagos State to ameliorate these constraints. Data for the study were obtained from both primary and secondary sources. A set of questionnaire were designed. The questionnaire targeted the executives of the cooperative societies in the tertiary...

Author(s): Tajudeen Azeez and Basirat Mogaji-Allison

Revitalization of Dravayawati River, Jaipur, India: A water-front development project

March 2017

History has countless evidence of civilization growing by the water-fronts. Rivers like Indus, Nile, Tigris, etc., are known for the human settlements which developed here. The river fronts today are degrading due to uncalled interventions and human ignorance towards their ecology. The trend in case of many contemporary urban rivers, surrounded by a modern society and a predominantly technology driven economy, is no...

Author(s): Aman Randhawa and Tarush Chandra

Arsenic and fluoride in water in northwestern Buenos Aires: their association with natural landscape elements

February 2017

Numerous publications analyze the origin of Arsenic and Fluoride, their behavior and distribution in groundwater indicating the importance in understanding the relation between their occurrence with other physical and chemical properties. Here, such properties associated with elements of the landscape in the plain of the Chaco-Pampean region are discussed. The landscape is represented by hills, lagoons and plains used...

Author(s): Margarita María Alconada-Magliano, Francisco Damiano, José Joel Carrillo-Rivera and Juan Reynerio Fagundo-Castillo

Application of geographic information system (GIS) for a suitability assessment of factory placement

January 2017

In this study, a geographic information system was used to determine land suitability for locating type 1, type 2 and type 3 factories in Lam Thap District, Krabi Province, Thailand. Environmental factors used to assess suitability were proximity to roads, rivers, urban areas, public areas, watershed areas, forest areas, wildlife areas, as well as land use type. Numerical weights of the main factors were assigned and...

Author(s): Uten Thongtip

Descriptive analysis of rainfall and temperature trends over Akure, Nigeria

December 2016

Climate change is expected to alter rainfall and temperature regimes across the world, Nigeria inclusive. Climate projections indicate warming and changes in rainfall varied from one location to another. This study presents a descriptive analysis of rainfall and temperature in Akure, Nigeria for a period of 32-year (1980 to 2011) using monthly record from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Climatic...

Author(s): Olujumoke A. Ogunrayi, Folorunso M. Akinseye, Valerie Goldberg and Christian Bernhofer

Impacts of rapid urbanisation in the urban fringe of Lokoja, Nigeria

November 2016

Urban settlements in many parts of the world have been experiencing rapid growth in recent decades with serious consequences on the environment of the fringe areas. This paper examined the opportunities and challenges of rapid urbanisation of Lokoja on the environment of the urban fringe. It utilised data generated from questionnaire administration from the fringe areas and Google images of Lokoja to examine the...

Author(s): Joy Ede Ukoje

The geographical distribution of ready mix concrete factories using GIS and assessment of some of its adverse effects in the Gaza Strip

October 2016

Gaza strip have (32) concrete production factories distributed in all Gaza strip governorates, and it's a large number when compared with the geographical area. So, the target population of the study is all concrete production factories in Gaza strip. This study is a massive survey conducted during the period of April to August 2015, and designed to identify the environmental impacts of concrete production factories...

Author(s): Odeh Jameel Faleet

GIS application for determining public transport access level in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja- Nigeria

August 2016

The prevalence of private car for commuting in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja is of concern to transport policy makers and planners because of its negative consequences on both physical and socio-economic environments. This study therefore investigates commuters’ access to public transport using four key indicators (public transport fare, service frequency, walking distance to access points and waiting...

Author(s): Oluwole Matthew Sunday and Ojekunle Joel Ademola

The influence of socio-cultural characteristics on commercialization of smallholder dairy value chain development in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya

August 2016

Livelihoods of many rural households in the developing economies majorly depend on smallholder farming activities. Smallholder dairy farming is the single largest component of agriculture in Kenya. Uasin Gishu County is the leading milk producer in Kenya with subsistence, semi-commercialized and commercialized farmers constituting 70, 20 and 10%, respectively. Smallholder dairy farming in Kenya grows at 4.1% per annum...

Author(s): Moses Ageya Kembe, Charles Ochola Omondi and George Godwin Waga

Assessment of the impacts of gully erosion on Auchi settlement, Southern Nigeria

July 2016

Gully erosion in Auchi has become a serious environmental disaster to the town and its neigbouring villages. It has threatened and even destroyed many of the urban infrastructure, properties, and lives as well as retarding the social and economic growth and development of the town. The research work therefore assesses the impact of gully erosion on Auchi town with the aid of data derived from satellite imageries, Global...

Author(s): Musa Dalil, Ahmed  Abdullahi Ilegieuno, Muhammed Usman Babangida  and Abdul Husain

Residential housing in Ghana’s low-income urban areas: An analysis of households living conditions in the Wa Municipality

July 2016

The study examined the housing conditions of households in residential units within the Wa Municipality of Ghana. The study employed mainly interviews and focus group discussions, with questionnaire survey as a complementary technique, drawing on concepts of households’ demand for housing. The analysis suggests that households’ choice of living spaces is influenced by income, rent values, facilities...

Author(s): Issaka Kanton Osumanu, Enoch Akwasi Kosoe and Frederick Dapilah

Management of community water projects: Assessing the challenges of indigenous arrangements

June 2016

The importance of water projects is mostly documented; however studies on importance of local sustainability of water projects are limited. The study assessed local arrangements in the management and maintenance of community water projects. The study was conducted with thirteen Water and Sanitation Management Teams (WSMT) and community members. Questionnaires and focus group discussions were used for data collection....

Author(s): Emmanuel Narteh Angmor, Caroline Tettey and Twumasi Amoah

Impact of flooding on rural livelihoods of the Cuvelai Basin in Northern Namibia

June 2016

The recurrent Cuvelai Basin floods are both a blessing and a curse. This article discusses the consequences that flooding has on rural livelihoods of the Cuvelai Basin in Northern Namibia. The combined flooding episodes in the last few years had a substantial impact on local residents and the Namibian economy, with estimated losses of approximately US$136.4 million (NAD1364 million) in direct damage and US$78.2 million...

Author(s): SHIFIDI Victoria Tuwilika,

Fragmentation rate and landscape structure of the Tillabéry landscape (Sahel region) with reference to desertification

May 2016

This paper sought to investigate and monitor desertification processes in the Tillabéry landscape (Sahel). To achieve this aim, it employed a landscape metrics approach. The usefulness of landscape structure was investigated in the context of desertification. A set of indices was selected to investigate multi-temporal change in the Tillabéry landscape affected by desertification. The percentage of land...

Author(s): Mahamane Mansour, Volker Hochschild, Alfred Schultz and Jude NkuoKuma

Nature of home based enterprises (HBEs) in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria

May 2016

Major sources of employment and income generation for urban residents in Nigeria and most other developing countries are found in what is referred to as Home Based Enterprises (HBEs). In Nigeria, a wide range of economic activities fall within these enterprises. These enterprises provide residential neighbourhoods with a range of services. The HBEs face a number of operational problems. Using data from Aba, the major...

Author(s): Egbu A. U., Kalu E. E. and Eze M. U.

Explaining the role of cultural, social and economic factors on quality of residence in urban neighborhoods: A case study of Kerman

May 2016

The residential environments provide the main tools for developing different types of life indicators such as health, family, job, and leisure. These environments can create or provide the appropriate conditions for increasing the satisfaction of their dwellers by accessing the required criteria. In various cities of Iran, the lack of consideration to the qualitative criteria of dwelling in the trend of progressions...

Author(s): Afsoon Mahdavi and Farah Habib

Evaluating indigenous environmental consciousness with residents of Ogbomoso in Nigeria

May 2016

The study assessed the level of indigenous environmental consciousness and education in Nigerian cities using Ogbomoso as a case study. It identified the level and limitations to the consciousness of environmental issues; it also evaluated the presence and level of indigenous environmental consciousness; examined the forms of indigenous environmental education prevailing in the city, how it is acquired, and their...

Author(s): Olusola Oladapo Makinde

Impact of urbanization on the morphology of Motoine/Ngong River Channel, Nairobi River basin, Kenya

April 2016

The geomorphic response of a stream to urbanization is a common interruption to the channel geometry equilibrium with dire consequences of sedimentation of reservoirs, mass wasting processes and water quality deterioration. The channel morphology was investigated with respect to deforestation, an increase in built-up surfaces and bank instability within the Motoine/Ngong River sub-catchment of the Nairobi River Basin in...

Author(s): George Okoye Krhoda and Alice Monene Kwambuka

Land-use suitability analysis for urban development in Regional Victoria: A case study of Bendigo

April 2016

Selection of suitable areas for urban development is a complex process and needs many diverse indications on the basis of which decision may be assumed. The aim of this study is to examine the GIS-based land-use suitability analysis and its application in urban planning decision making, using Bendigo, a regional city in Victoria as a case study.  The objective of this study is to provide evidence-based solutions to...

Author(s): Siqing Chen

Spatial conflict and priority for small-scale fisheries in near-shore seascapes of the Central Coast Vietnam

March 2016

In near-shores of Vietnam, there are increasing spatial conflicts among different fishing gear operators as a result of declining and overfishing of small-scale fisheries recently. A challenge facing both small fishers and local governments is identifying more appropriate marine resource governance and public policies to deal with conflicts in the interests of short-term economic feasibility as well as long-term...

Author(s): Nguyen An Thinh, Nguyen Cao Huan, Nguyen Viet Thanh, Luong Thi Tuyen, Tran Thi Phuong Ly and Ngo Minh Nam

Drainage basin morphometry of the Encadenadas del Oeste lakes, Argentina

February 2016

The Las Encadenadas basin can be defined as an endorheic fluviolacustrine system. The aim of this study is to identify hydrographic sectors and subbasins within the Encadenada’s drainage basin and analyze the former’s morphometric properties including hypsometry. The morphometric analysis allowed for quantification of variables and indices for example area, perimeter, total length of streams, etc....

Author(s): Alejandra Mabel Geraldi, María Cintia Piccolo, and Gerardo Miguel Eduardo Perillo,

Population growth, urban expansion and housing scenario in Srinagar City, J&K, India

January 2016

Burgeoning population growth and wild urban sprawl has constituted serious problems especially in developing countries with a huge demand in housing stock. This phenomenon is more aggressive in historical cities like Srinagar. In such cities, there exists large scale variations in housing scenario due to differential growth and expansion patterns from core to periphery of these cities. This paper attempts to analyze the...

Author(s): Nissar A. Kuchay, M. Sultan Bhat and Nuzhat Shafi

Institutional framework and constraints in the urban and regional planning system in Jos Metropolis, Nigeria

October 2015

Institutional frameworks, coordinated or non-coordinated, for effective urban and regional planning in most developing countries are highly constrained, making it almost impossible to control urban development and management of urban areas, hence the haphazard growth and development bringing about disproportionate distribution of resources in terms of basic infrastructure. It is against this backdrop that this paper...

Author(s): Wapwera, S. D., Mallo D.M. and Jiriko, G. J.

Real estate development outside the city county of Nairobi and the escalation of urban sprawl: Could developers be avoiding zoning-related costs in the city?

October 2015

In the recent times, there has been a wave of mostly speculative developers from the city of Nairobi targeting the areas outside the city fringe and, therefore, helping to create massive urban sprawl. Although various factors would lead to urban sprawl, it should be noted too that a significant variation in the cost of development between the city and areas outside the city may create a speculative zone in suburbia...

Author(s): Jeremiah, N. Ayonga

Concentrated or Dispersed Urbanization: A critical analysis of newly emerged Census Towns of West Bengal, India in 2011

September 2015

The emergence of 528 new Census Towns (CTs) in 2011 and their contribution to the growth of urban population brought significant changes in the nature of urbanization in West Bengal, a state in India. This present treatise made an effort to see the locational distribution of these new CTs with respect to Class I towns/cities in each district of West Bengal in quest of the contesting views of concentrated and dispersed...

Author(s): Saurav Chakraborty, Kakoli Das, and Utpal Roy

Harnessing renewable natural resources towards food security and sustainable rural development in a rich agricultural resource-base community in Cameroon

September 2015

Many renewable resources the world over are increasingly becoming non-renewable owing to massive and/or abusive exploitation, and little conservation. There is growing quest to conserve resources and switch to dependence on renewable resources. World summits on environment recommend sustainable use of resources to guarantee sustainable development. How sustainably these resources are being used and the extent to which...

Author(s): Eleno Manka’a Fube

The need for multimodal transport development in Nigeria

September 2015

The role of multimodal transport in cost-effective trade facilitation across the globe is highlighted in this paper. The paper also emphasizes the developmental strategies been currently deployed in upgrading and integrating modes of transport in developed countries, which is primarily aimed at realizing seamless freight and passenger transport services. The policy gaps and financial constraints that hindered the...

Author(s): Joshua A. Odeleye

Flood risk inevitability and flood risk management in urban areas: A review

August 2015

The increasing probability of flood risk in terms of its magnitude and frequency in urban areas prompted man to act for flood mitigation measures. Various flood risk control measures were carried out in different parts of the world but flood events persisted. This paper assessed the main causes of flood risk in urban areas and the various flood risk management measures for flood control so as to come out with a...

Author(s): Saidu Idris and Lal Merving Dharmasiri

Heavy metals concentration in soil and Amaranthus retroflexus grown on irrigated farmlands in the Makera Area, Kaduna, Nigeria

August 2015

This study was conducted to determine the heavy metals concentration in soil and Amaranthus retroflexus grown on irrigated farmlands along the Makera Drain, Kaduna, Nigeria. The objectives were mainly to detect the presence of heavy metals in soil and vegetable grown in the study area, compare seasonal variation in concentration of metals, identify the transfer factors for heavy metals,  compare the concentration...

Author(s): Mohammed, S. A. and Folorunsho, J. O.

Incivility and the Turkish youths: The case of Sakarya, Ankara

July 2015

There is an increasing concern about dangerous and disordered image of city that is identified with the term incivility. This study focuses on incivilities caused by daily encounters with strangers and experiences of incivility in daily life in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Young people around and their attitudes in urban public spaces are discussed to be the main uncivil events in the social realm. In this respect,...

Author(s): Guliz Mugan

An assessment of sachet water quality in Zaria Area of Kaduna State, Nigeria

July 2015

In this study, Physico-chemical analysis of 21 brands of sachet water packaged within Zaria metropolis was evaluated to compare their compliance with World Health Organisation (WHO) and Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS) threshold limits using standard analytical methods. The parameters evaluated include: colour, taste, odour, pH, chloride, potassium, calcium, electric conductivity, oxygen demand (OD), biological oxygen...

Author(s): Yusuf, Y.O., Jimoh, A.I., Onaolapo, E.O. and Dabo, Y.

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