CUSUP Online RPG Research Seminars

CUSUP Online RPG Research Seminars
2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
To be held virtually via Zoom
CUSUP Online RPG Research Seminars

The Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning is pleased to invite you to attend FOUR RPG Research Seminars on 24 February 2022, (Thursday) 2:30 to 4:00pm and 5:30-7:00pm via Zoom as follows:

The Financialisation of Rental Housing in China: A Spatio-temporal Fix under State Entrepreneurialism

Miss Chenxi LI
PhD Student, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong

Time: ​2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

The retreat of state from social housing provision and the dominance of housing financialisation have expanded housing wealth inequality and given rise to the “generation rent” globally. In China, recent years have witnessed a boom and bust of long-term rental apartments (LRAs) facilitated by deregulation policies on private rental sector (PRS) and the emergence of new financial channels. However, how these emerging institutional investors reshape housing system remain largely unexplored. This thesis aims to (i) unpack the socio-economic impacts under developing PRS; (ii) explore the capital logic and operational mechanisms for LRAs development under financialisation; (iii) examine the dynamic interactions between “state-market-society” and explore the transformative housing regime based on PRS. Beijing is selected as the study area because it is a pioneer in developing LRAs. Mixed methods will be employed to depict a full picture of the financialisation of rental housing both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Reshaping Ties to Urban Environment in Later Life: A Mixed-method Study Exploring the Subjective Wellbeing Impacts of a New Metro Line

Miss Yao DU
PhD Student, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong

Time: ​3:15 – 4:00p.m.

Older people are vulnerable to the changing urban environment. Due to the limited functional capacity with ageing, the changes in public transport system, one of the main components of an urban environment, might affect older adults’ ability to obtain resources and social capital to maintain subjective wellbeing. In such circumstances, reshaping behaviour is essential for reshaping ties to the new urban environment, thus impacting the wellbeing of older people. However, little is known about the experiences, practices, and processes of reshaping ties to a new transport environment and the influence of reshaped behaviour on subjective wellbeing. By using mixed-method approaches, this study will first unravel the pathways linking public transport use to subjective wellbeing for older people. Then, it will investigate the process of reshaping travel behaviour along with the changes in the transport system. Lastly, it will provide evidence on how the reshaped behaviour affect subjective wellbeing of older adults.

Intra-Regional Location of Producer Services and the Shaping of CBD Hierarchical System in the New Urbanization Era: A Case Study of the Greater Bay Area Mega-City Region

Miss Zixin LUO
PhD Student, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong

Time: ​5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Central Business District (CBD) is a term derived from economic geography and land economics, referring to the most central places occupied by establishments with the highest rent-pay capability (see bid-rent theory, Alonso, 1960). Advanced Producer Services (APS) are among the leading business types in the CBD and are believed to affect the growth and death of a CBD (Daniels, 1975; Coffey et al., 1996). Previous studies of CBD development mainly focused on its inner structure, dynamics, and evolution, but few have shed light on the regional hierarchical structure of CBDs. However, the networked CBD system is shaping worldwide in the regional urbanisation age, strongly affecting regional development. Meanwhile, some regions witnessed an over-supplying issue, causing CBDs’ low vibrancy.

What’s more, urban scholars’ call for looking beyond the ‘monocentric dualism of dense city’ (Soja, 2011) requires researchers to renew previous studies on the location of APS and CBD. Thus, this thesis will study the regional CBD hierarchical system using multi-sourced socio-economic big data from producer services establishments’ evolutionary location perspective. By doing so, the thesis hopes to contribute further to understanding the shaping of the regional hierarchical structure of CBD and therefore putting forward favourable suggestions for urban planners and governmental municipals on the CBD development in a mega-city region.

Patterns, driving force and formation of urban shrinkage in China’s regional context: the case of Ziyang and the Chengdu-Chongqing Urban Agglomeration

Miss Cuiping TAN
PhD Student, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong

Time: ​6:15 – 7:00 p.m.

Urban shrinkage is a widely spread phenomenon across the world, expanding to rapidly urbanizing China since 2000s. Urban shrinkage emerging around core cities is one of the typical shrinking modes in China. A salient example is the severe shrinkage of cities surrounding Chengdu and Chongqing in the past twenty years. This study aims to critically analyze and interpret urban shrinkage in the Chengdu-Chongqing Urban Agglomeration in its regional context, contributing to the understanding of the extent and ways that core and more developed cities impact on their surrounding smaller cities. The intricate relationships between and among these cities will be investigated in the dimensions of population, economic and spatial developments. Methodologically, the study intends to use mixed quantitative and qualitative methods in identifying and explaining geographical patterns of urban shrinkage at the regional scale. These include the use of spatial modeling techniques and regression analyses, and application of relevant theories and qualitative data to interpret the quantitative findings, and for conducting a case study of Ziyang, a shrinking city located between Chengdu and Chongqing.


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