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Urbanization: Regional & Spatial Transformation in China, April 18, 2012

April 18, 1-2.30 PM, Room 9-354 | Speaker: Weiping Wu
Urbanization: Regional & Spatial Transformation | Discussant: Amy Glasmeier

Dr. Weiping Wu is a professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, and a senior fellow in the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is an editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, and a visiting Zijiang Chair Professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai. Previously, she was a consultant to the World Bank, and a fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. Her research is concerned with how migration affects the socio-spatial reconfiguration of cities, how planning and policy influence cities’ economic vitality and infrastructure building, and how higher education transfers knowledge and innovation to industry. The National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and World Bank have provided funding support for her research. She has (co)authored and co-edited four books, and will be publishing a new book titled The Chinese City (Routledge).


China’s cities are home to 10 percent of the world’s population today. They display unprecedented dynamism under the country’s surging economic power. Although China’s urban transformation is in some ways comparable to what industrialized countries have gone through in the past, the outcomes – particular patterns of development, the nature of urbanism, interactions between urban and rural – necessarily are quite different. This presentation will focus on two aspects: how rapid urbanization has reconfigured the urban system across regions and urban space across social strata. How might reform policies and inter-city economic competition change the urban system? What are the key dimensions of disparity within and across cities? An overarching theme points to increasing double divide in urban China. 

China Urban Development Discussion Series in Spring 2012 is cosponsored by: Department of Urban Studies and Planning in the MIT School of Architecture + Planning, MIT Graduate Student Life Grants, and MIT Graduate Student Council. For more information, please visit our website . Our seminars are free and open to the public.

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