Eco-Urbanisation: Promoting Sustainable Development in Metropolitan Regions of China

Duration: 01/16 - 12/18

In the context of China’s rapid urbanisation, with the construction of 30 million new housing units included as part of the New Urbanisation Plan, there is increasing emphasis on the importance of promoting human-centred, environmentally sustainable urban development. Eco-Urbanisation: Promoting Sustainable Development in Metropolitan Regions of China therefore seeks to extend current knowledge on the connections between urbanisation, resource use and the environment.

Focusing on the case study of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Region, the study aims to develop a robust conceptual framework to assess wellbeing in urban communities through a variety of indicators. Having undertaken a detailed assessment of resource consumption and the environmental impacts of urbanisation in the area, the research will explore a range of approaches to encourage more efficient forms of urbanisation.

Drawing on examples of international best practice, the research findings will produce a coherent framework for promoting sustainable urban development in China, with lessons for other countries experiencing similar levels of growth.

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Cecilia Wong (Principal Investigator, Professor)
Xiangcheng Deng (Principal Investigator, Professor)
Mark Baker (Reader)
Adam Barker (Lecturer)
Shiyi Chen (Professor)
Gui Jin
Richard Kingston (Head of Planning and Environmental Management)
Feng Li (Assistant Director)
Nuon Pinto (Lecturer)
Miao Qiao (Researcher)
Andreas Schulze-Baing (Research Fellow)
Wei Song
Zhan Wang
Chen Zheng

Chinese Academy of Sciences
University of Manchester

Collation of a range of qualitative and quantitative sources into a comprehensive assessment tool.

Public events to engage stakeholders and communicate findings, including a workshop, an end of project conference and an international forum.

Series of English and Chinese language academic articles, as well as short briefing papers to disseminate findings to professional audiences.

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