Research Associate

The Bartlett School of Planning seeks to appoint a Research Associate with a background in Planning, Geography or an appropriate relevant discipline. The appointed researcher will be required to work closely with the project PI (Prof. Fulong Wu) and CIs (Prof. Nick Gallent and Dr. Fangzhu Zhang) to examine the financialisation of urban development (housing, land and infrastructure) in China and assess the associated financial risks to China. The research aims to provide a deeper understanding of the financialisation process, financing Chinese economic growth and urban development and its current transformation at multiple scales. It also examines household behaviour in financing housing consumption; financing for housing and land development projects; and infrastructure financing alongside the macroeconomic implications of financialisation more generally. Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD (Salary, inclusive of London allowance, £34,635 – £41,864 per annum) (or having the equivalent experience). If this is not the case, the initial appointment will be at Grade 6B (£30,316 – £31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of PhD thesis. The post will be for 18 months starting 1st January 2018 until 30th June 2019.


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neighbourly relation between migrants and locals, Open Access in Urban Geography

Affective neighbourly relations between migrant and local residents in Shanghai, is in an issue of Urban Geography, Issue 8 and is Open Access.

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Planning centrality, market instrument, Open assess article in Urban Studies

Planning centrality, market instruments: Governing Chinese urban transformation under state entrepreneurialism

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Blog at the British Academy

The sustainable regeneration of Chinese informal settlements

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2017 International Conference on China Urban Development

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On 5th and 6th May 2017, the Bartlett School of Planning’s (BSP) China Planning Research Group (CPRG) hosted the 2017 International Conference on China Urban Development in London. One of the largest of its kind outside China, the conference attracted over 230 participants from 17 counties and regions. The conference was supported by BSP; UCL Strategic Partner Funds, Peking University, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) and Urban Studies.  Over 170 papers were presented over two days in 39 parallel sessions, spanning across domains such as economic geography, culture-led urban development, green urbanism, transport planning, socio-environmental justice, livelihood and wellbeing of migrants, housing market, and urban shrinkage. Two of the sessions were dedicated to comparative urban research as a result of this year’s special call for papers that try to grasp China’s urban development through an emerging comparative perspective in critical urban studies.

Featured in the conference were two plenary series sponsored by International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) and Urban Studies, two of the leading Anglophone outlets of urban China research. Professor Jennifer Robinson from UCL Geography appealed for greater effort to decentre urban theory with the contribution of urban China scholarship in her IJURR keynote presentation titled ‘thinking London from China’, whilst Professor You-tien Hsing from University of California, Berkeley concluded the conference on a high note with her Urban Studies closing keynote presentation on the land-centred urban question in China’s agrarian transformation. 12 specialists and keen observers on Chinese cities also shared their insights and aspirations in two panel discussions on the promises and challenges to advance urban China research in the years to come.

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China’s emergent city-region governance


“China’s emergent city-region governance: A new form of state spatial selectivity through state-orchestrated rescaling”, published in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, please click to download.

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Neighbourhood cohesion under the influx of migrants in Shanghai

Zheng Wang, Fangzhu Zhang and Fulong Wu (2016) Neighbourhood cohesion under the influx of migrants in Shanghai. Environment and Planning A (on-line) can be found here through Open Access:



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