Thank you for visiting the Cambodia Urban Database, a resource developed by the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) that compiles high-quality materials and data on urban studies in Cambodia to make this knowledge more accessible to researchers, students, and practitioners.


Using the Database

Within this website, you will find documents, reports, articles, quantitative datasets, master plans, maps, and more related to urban studies in Cambodia. Explore our database here, or start your research using the search box at the bottom of this page. For a quick overview of the Urban Database and its key features, check out this introductory video (in Khmer language).


Tips on Using the Database

You can filter data by category and sub-category, subject, and date published to help your search. For example, perhaps you only want to search for academic publications – these are typically peer-reviewed papers written by academics and published in journals, in comparison to reports (sometimes called “grey literature”) which are typically written and released by organizations or government agencies and do not undergo a peer-review process. We have grouped together a few types of grey literature under this “report” sub-category, including research reports, policy briefs, evaluations, and government studies.

Similarly, you could search for mapping data (such as shapefile data), or for quantitative statistical data (for example, demographic data). In many cases, we have linked to other databases or datasets rather than upload the raw files here, because these are data that are frequently-updated and contain a lot of metadata (information about the source, methods, restrictions on use, etc).

We have also compiled recommendations for software that is commonly used by scholars and urban planning practitioners. We grouped these into three sub-categories: (1) Mapping and quantitative analysis tools; (2) Design tools (includes graphic design and some architecture and urban design tools); and (3) Research and organization tools. Countless more tools exist in each category, and many professionals use highly specialized software. In this database, we prioritized tools that are more widely accessible – because they are easy to use, and/or because they are free or offer student discounts or free trials.

Important: Please be sure to fully cite the source of the data or document when using or sharing the resource. Click on each item’s description to learn more about its original source. Some items in the database can be shared and reproduced freely; others have restricted uses, and it is your responsibility to review and respect those terms of use. CKS does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in the database and accepts no responsibility for any consequence of their use. Materials uploaded to the database do not imply endorsement and do not necessarily reflect the views of CKS or of our funders.

Good luck in your search! Be sure to also check out these additional resources, and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or feedback about the database.


Learn More

This Urban Database was developed by the Center for Khmer Studies with funding from the Australian Government through The Asia Foundation’s Ponlok Chomnes Program. Learn more and contact us here.