Meeting ID: : 98646518461
Please note that this NURSS Seminar will be held virtually via Zoom at the normal time 5 August 2020 (Wednesday), 13:00 p.m.]
Please be ready 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time.
The speaker has long engaged in research on urbanization in south-west China and has accumulated experiences and academic achievements. He will share under the following topics and finally prospect future development.
1) Understanding the complexity of urbanization in China. In 2012, urbanization in China had touched a “turning point” that the urbanization process started to slow down, and some cities suffered from a shortage of “peasant workers”. The research will go deep into the reason why urbanization in China has arrived at a “post-urbanization” stage earlier than expected
2) Revealing the mechanism of urbanization in the Chengdu-Chongqing area. The research finds that there is considerable heterogeneity in the path of urbanization, population structure, and existing problems between the Chengdu-Chongqing area and east regions.
3) Analyzing the particularity of urbanization in a vast country. National population mobility and strong economic support from the central government shape a unique urbanization mode in inland areas. The traditional theory could not adequately explain the urbanization process in China and needs further development.
4) Analyzing the structure of urban distribution in the Chengdu-Chongqing area. Because of the above particularity, the path of economic and social development does not follow the predictions of traditional theory, and the inter-city relationship of competition and cooperation is also different.
About the Speaker
Mr. XIAO Lei is a chief planner and a research director at the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (west branch). Before joining the institute, he received his master’s degree in Human Geography from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from Peking University. His research interests focus on urbanization and urban and regional development. Mr. Xiao has engaged in more than ten national-level research projects, taken charge of over thirty regional planning and researches, and published more than 20 academic papers.
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