Started in 2013, the central government initiated a new round of rural land reform, aimed at marketizing the supply of existing rural construction land. By enabling the marketization of existing collective construction land, it will provide needed space for the development of manufacturing and service industry in rural areas to accelerate its urbanization process. It is also expected that the value of collective construction land can be effectively appreciated compared with the unitary state expropriation scheme.
A conceptual framework based on land entrepreneurialism at the local level will be developed to investigate the land development process in Wujin District under Changzhou prefecture-level City of Jiangsu Province, known as the origin of Sunan Model and one of the 33 experimental sites of rural land reform nationwide, by using a qualitative approach. This study will further zoom into the township and village levels within Wujin jurisdiction to analyze the power relations between district and township governments, and the village committees. My research methods include interviews and descriptive statistics. Data used in the research are mainly from semi-structured interviews and official documents such as statistical yearbooks, in addition to on-site investigations. This study aims to investigate the underlying logic of evolving rural land marketization transition from the perspective of land capitalization, distribution of land revenues among multiple stakeholders, as well as inter-governmental relationships of county-level and below.
About the Speaker:
Miss Changchang ZHOU is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Urban Planning & Design, University of Hong Kong. She gained her master’s degree at Duke University in the United States, concentrated on Energy and Environment. Prior to that, she graduated from Nanjing University with a bachelor’s degree in science, majored in Environmental Planning and Management. Her research interest is on land development in contemporary China.
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