China urbanized 350 million people in past 30 years and is poised to urbanize another 300 million in the next three decades. We aim to examine what would distinguish the next 30 years from the past. A parallel course at DUSP is 11.S945 Urbanizing China. Below are a few angles to start the inquiry:
- Urbanization Out of Sync
China’s urbanization is immense and rapid but largely out of sync. To what extent is it the case between people and land, between economy and environment, between financing and urban form, and between locals and migrants?
- Jinhua Zhao (2013) Surviving in the City: Mobility Challenges of Migrant Workers
- Jinhua Zhao and David Block-Schatcher (2013) Urban Financing, Accessibility and Urban Form--Evidence from Chinese Cities
- Yi Zhu, Jinhua Zhao and Xiao Yun Chang (2013) Urban Activity Profile and Air Quality Fluctuation in Chinese Cities
- Jinhua Zhao and J. Shen (2013) Urbanization and Decoupling Energy Consumption from Economic Growth in China
- City Characteristics
Cities make different tradeoffs when they encounter growing challenges of urban development and urban management. Could we characterize and/or even measure them in terms of the following?
- City Openness
- Efficiency vs. Equity Orientations
- Economy vs. Environment Priorities
- Gaming the System or Respecting the Rule of Law
- Learning City
- Zhao, J., T. Chen and D. Block-Schachter (2013) Superficial Fairness of Beijing’s Car License Lottery Policy
- Zhao, J. and Z. Wang (2013) Learning between Cities: Urban Transportation Policy Transfer in China, an Interview-Based Survey
- Gauging the Public
Public participation in Chinese cities are weak but this does not mean that the governments do not attempt to understand citizens' perspective. This study aims to identify the implicit mechanisms through which public options are being gauged.
- Jinhua Zhao and Marisol Castro (2013) Price as a Signal for Policy Adjustment: Shanghai Responds to the Public
- Jinhua Zhao, Eric Wang and Tracy Chen (2013) A Before- and After-Implementation Comparison: Public Acceptance of Guangzhou's Car Ownership Management Policy
- Zhao, J., D. Block-Schachter and T. Chen (2013) Purposeful Policy Leakage: Legitimacy and Intentionality of Non Local Vehicles in Shanghai
- Managing Urban Mobility
Please see "Regulating Automobile Growth in Chinese Cities".