Widespread “urban villages” and massive internal migrants are two particular outcomes of China’s rapid urbanization. Urban villages, being a kind of marginalized urban space, offering affordable yet low-quality residences for internal migrants, who are socially and economically disadvantaged. However, both positive and negative effects of built environment of urban villages on health of internal migrants are understudied. This research tries to examine the impacts of built environment on health of internal migrants from the perspective of health behaviors. Firstly, data from China Family Panel Study (CFPS) will be utilized to reassess the associations among built environment, health behaviors and health from the macro level. Secondly, it will take Shenzhen as an example, select several exemplar urban villages and adjacent commercial housing communities to comparatively portray their built environment, and sample internal migrants residing in such communities to learn about their health behaviors and health outcomes, so as to elaborate both positive and negative impacts of urban villages on public health, especially for internal migrants, in a more detailed and finer scale. Thirdly, it will reflect on the current interventions for public health provided by public policies including urban planning, and give targeted suggestions. This research aims to offer new evidences from China’s context to the “built environment-public health” knowledge base that was mainly based on western low-density and sprawling urban built environment, and transfer China’s urban planning-health study orientation from “space only” to “both space and people”, and finally, offer a systematic framework and suggestions for policy makers to intervene in public health of internal migrants.
About the Speaker:
Mr. Liu Jixiang is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong. He holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Design from Peking University and a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Design from the Central South University. His research interests include neo-migrants, urban health and healthy urban planning in China.
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