A Political Economy Analysis of Urban Redevelopment and its Socio-spatial Consequences in China

Department: Urban Planning and Design
Research Centre: Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning
Active Dates: January 2013 - December 2016

Principal Investigator: Shenjing HE
Funding body: NSFC

Abstract

Against the backdrop of globalization and market transtion, urban redevelopment in China possesses a number of new features, and imposes profound influence upon urban social spaces. This project is based on the research framework of political economy analysis, which mainly applies the urban regime theory to examine urban redevelopment in Chinese cities. This research looks at multiple forms of urban redevelopment emerging in the Pearl River Delta and the Yangtze River Delta regions, aiming to carry out a multi-level (at the levels of metropolitan area, urban district,and urban community) and systematic analysis on the decision-making processes, different roles of the interest groups and their power structure, the operationalization of redevelopment projects, and its socio-spatial consequences.

Objectives

This research is to investigate the role of various interest groups in the decision-making process of urban redevelopment, how they form different development “regime” , and how the regime shapes the redevelopment mode and what are the socio-sptial consequences.

 

 

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE