Andean Urbanization: Fieldwork in Peruvian Mountain Cities

In September and October 2023, field research was again carried out in the area surrounding the Peruvian mountain cities of Cusco (ca. 3400 m a.s.l.) and Huaraz (ca. 3050 m a.s.l.) as part of the FWF project “Periurban Form in the Peruvian Andes” (P 31855-G).

View on Cusco, Peru. Copyright © Andreas Haller

To better understand changes in land use at different altitudinal zones of the “hinterland,” the aim was to supplement the findings on morphogenetic changes in land cover 1991–2021—gained in 2022 and recently published in the Journal of Mountain Science—with analyses of environmental perceptions in the periurban and chiefly agrarian municipalities of Oropesa (ca. 10,000 inhabitants) and Taricá (ca. 7000 inhabitants) in collaboration with Peruvian–psychologists. For this purpose, direct field observations and informal interviews with residents were conducted and around 200 participants per study location were surveyed using a structured questionnaire.

Selected project outcomes

Haller, Andreas, Domenico Branca, and Deyvis Cano. "Between plaza and peak: a montological perspective on verticality and urbanization in highland Peru." Journal of Mountain Science 20.10 (2023): 2783–2803. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-023-8118-2

Branca, Domenico, and Andreas Haller. "Urbanization, touristification and verticality in the Andes: A profile of Huaraz, Peru." Sustainability 13.11 (2021): 6438. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116438

Branca, Domenico, and Andreas Haller. "Cusco: Profile of an Andean city." Cities 113 (2021): 103169. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2021.103169

Haller, Andreas, and Domenico Branca. "More than Landscape: Toward Cosmophanic Diversity in Environmental Planning and Governance." Society & Natural Resources 35.10 (2022): 1123–1133. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2022.2105461