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URBACHINA - Sustainable urbanisation in China: Historical and comparative perspectives, mega-trends towards 2025


URBACHINA project combines the knowledge and expertise from a number of different disciplines to provide new and innovative insights and scenarios that can be used to guide urbanization in China over the next 40 years. A key strength of the proposal is the use of 'thematic pairs' of European and Chinese researchers who will lead and deliver the research and dissemination associated with work packages organized around a set of key themes. Each work package team comprises leading experts who will utilize state-of-the-art knowledge, methods and techniques from economic geography, anthropology and history to test a suite of hypotheses founded on historical and comparative perspectives on urbanisation trends and process in the EU and China.

While each of the four core research teams will deliver significant added value through the work packages, there is also provision in the proposal for extensive cross-project collaboration based on four defined topics:

  • The institutional foundations and policies for urbanisation;
  • The issue of land property in urbanisation and the development of real estate markets in cities;
  • The need for environmental infrastructures delivering connectivity and services for the urban population;
  • The relationships between urban development, traditions, and modern lifestyles in cities.

These four topics are treated as different layers within a comprehensive analysis of a single process - urbanisation in China - that links historical experiences, comparative dimensions and possible future scenarios. This framework provides a firm foundation for multi-faceted interactions between scholars, officials and business in Europe and China. It will also provide the basis for extensive dissemination of URBACHINA outputs using a variety of media designed to engage policy makers and ordinary citizens.

Proposal: 266941
Funding scheme: Collaborative project (small or medium scale focused research projects)
Activity Activity 4 – Europe and the world
Research area: Interaction and interdependence between world regions and their implications
Topic: Understanding urbanisation trends and processes in contemporary China
Estimated EC contribution: €2 697 060
Starting date: 01.03.2011
Duration: 48 months
Title: Sustainable urbanisation in China: Historical and comparative perspectives, mega-trends towards 2025
Keywords: -
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Coordinator: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Centre Chine Corée Japon, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Paris, France
Partners' List:
  • East China Normal University
    Department of Urban and regional Economics
    Debin DU
    Shanghai, China
  • Development Research Center of The State Council
    Research Department of Development Strategy and
    Regional Economy
    Beijing, China
  • University of Birmingham
    Services and Enterprise Research Unit
    Peter DANIELS
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
    Institute of Finance and Trade Economics
    Pengfei NI
    Beijing, China
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
    Athar HUSSAIN
    London, United Kingdom
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Institute of Geographical Science and Natural
    Resources Research
    Division of Human Geography and Regional
    Weidong LIU
    Beijing, China
  • Istituto di Studi per l'integrazione dei Sistemi
    Andrea RICCI
    Roma, Italy
  • Instituto de Ciencias Sociais da Universidade de
    Claudia BINA
    Lisbon, Portugal
  • Renmin University of China
    School of Environmental and Natural Resources
    Zhong MA
    Beijing, China
  • Anhui Academy of Environmental Science Research
    Hefei, China
EC Scientific Officer: DG RTD.B
Contact: Cristina MARCUZZO