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Sri Lanka is in the midst of a postwar infrastructure boom, with new investment directed into roads, ports, and airports as part of an uneven and contested development process. Taking the transformations unfolding in Colombo as our point of departure, we examine how the vision of megapolis has animated debates on the geographies of connectivity. The postwar Sri Lankan political landscape initially envisioned political integration, which was to be delivered through the expansion of national road networks. The political priorities in the past decade reoriented away from integrating the nation to the strategic positioning of Colombo as a financial trading hub for South Asia. Focusing on Colombo’s flagship Port City project, we problematize these models of development by foregrounding counternarratives that speak to concerns around debt, enclosure, persistent ethnic tensions, and the degradation of coastal ecosystems. Key Words: connectivity, ecological stress, infrastructure, Sri Lanka, uneven development.
Ruwanpura, K., Chan, L., Brown, B. & Kajotha, V., 1 Jan 2020, In: Political Geography. 76, p. 1-10 10 p., 76.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Ruwanpura, K. & Brown, B., 1 Oct 2019, In: Geoforum. 105, 2019, p. 63-66 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review › peer-review
Benjamin Brown, V Kajotha, Loritta Chan & Kanchana Ruwanpura
1 Media contribution
Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities
Benjamin Brown, Loritta Chan & Kanchana Ruwanpura
20/10/18 → 26/10/18
2 Media contributions