On wining the competition floated by ACCCRN, Indonesia, a research grant of $2,000 was awarded in February 2017. This grant has been used to conduct a scoping study on the interaction between urban, peri-urban and ecosystem services in India, on with the proposal title: “Is an unbuilt area of land available for development?”

The hypothesis for deciding the topic was, is it so casual and ad hoc that development can take place on any patch of land? What are the results of following this casual system? Is a scientific basis for deciding which land is appropriate for development more safe, sustainable and resilient? Is the relationship between the requirements, the availability of land, and the decision making for the selection of the area and its governance important?