Demographic and epidemic transitions in peri-urban environments in Colombia.

Project: Research project

Project Details


In urban development studies there is a subject that has been identified as critical by several academics, yet is at the same time relatively relegated to the background within the countryside: the growth of cities with less than 50,000 inhabitants. In Colombia, the system of cities (designed to address urban issues in the main population centers) does not address inclusion policies for this type of urban centers, yet they are the fastest growing urban populations in the country. Greater knowledge of urbanization processes in these cities is of vital importance for the coming years, as it is where the most abrupt urban population growths are projected, particularly in the post-conflict context. In particular, accelerated urban population growth increases the vulnerability of populations that settle in informal neighbourhoods, where the incidence rate of disease increases, and where demographic changes that fuel vulnerability also occur.
This information is of vital importance for the development of adequate policies for the Colombian population, in contexts such as post-conflict and climate change, since it is precisely in these urban areas where the most vulnerable populations will be established. With the money from this fund, I propose to carry out a detailed characterization of malaria transmission in micro-habitats in the Colombian Pacific, especially in Guapi, where one of my collaborators (Vladimir Corredor, National University) has managed to collect information on the genomes of the malaria parasite and georeference them. With this background, I will develop an analysis from bioinformatics, analyzing the different clones of malaria that circulate in Guapi, to determine the social and environmental contexts of the different sources of transmission.


Demography, epidemiology, ethnography, spatial statistics, data mining
Effective start/end date3/1/184/3/20

Main Funding Source

  • Internal