High Speed Railway Accessibility and the Spatial Restructuring of Producer Services in China

Department: Urban Planning and Design
Research Centre: Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning
Active Dates: 15 September 2014 - 14 September 2016

Principal Investigator: Anthony G.O. YEH (PI), Fan YANG (Co-I)
Funding body: GRF

Abstract

China is building the world’s largest HSR network to improve inter-city accessibility. Many Chinese municipal governments have reformulated urban development strategy to make use of this new way of transportation to develop producer services and central business districts (CBDs) to enhance their competitiveness in the era of globalization. However, relatively less is known about how the operation of HSR has affected the spatial development of producer services in China. This proposed research will investigate the process and pattern of China’s producer service development since 2008 when HSR was introduced. It will advance theoretical enquiry in the existing literature and benefit decision-making on China’s urban planning and economic and urban development.

Objectives

  1. Identify the process and pattern of producer service development in the Chinese urban system since 2008;
  2. Investigate the relationship between HSR development and the change in  producer service distribution; and
  3. Analyze the location considerations and operation strategies of producer services in the context of HSR development.

 

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