In this seminar I will talk about Wuhan, where I come from, the capital city of central city. By linking the case of Wuhan’s growth and development during the last decades to recent theoretical debates of global city and ‘ordinary’ city, I aim to articulate the imperative interactions of market, society, and state, especially against the context of post-reform China. I will focus on the significance of local forces, the local state, entrepreneurs, critical juncture, and path dependency or creation. The cases of Wuhan indicate ‘state entrepreneurism’, as claimed by Fulong Wu – the combination of both market instruments and planning centrality. Moreover, it articulates ‘development matters’, and the ‘art of being global’ is featured by assemblage or juxtapositions of different ideas, actors, or practices, from diverse sources.
About the Speaker:
Prof Zhigang LI
Zhigang Li is a professor of urban studies and planning at the School of Urban Design, Wuhan University, China. He serves as the dean of the school after 2015. Before 2015, Prof Li worked at the School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou. Prof Li is serving as a co-chair of Urban China Research Network (UCRN). He is a council member of the Urban Planning Society of China, and the vice-chair of the Urban Geography Committee of the Geography Society of China. He is an international editor for Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, etc. He was a Bartlett Visiting Research Fellow of University College London. As an urban geographer and planner, Professor Li works on the spatial transformation of Chinese cities, with a focus on such topics as urban governance, urban social geography, and spatial planning. He has been the principal investigator of five research project funded by China’s NFC, including one Excellent Youth Foundation (2014). Li has been awarded China’s ‘National Award for Young Geographers’ (2011) and ‘National Award for Young Planners’ (2013).
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