new paper in Antipode

Chung, C. K. L., Zhang, F. and Wu, F. (2018), Negotiating Green Space with Landed Interests: The Urban Political Ecology of Greenway in the Pearl River Delta, China. Antipode. doi:10.1111/anti.12384

 

Abstract

Land-centred urbanisation has precipitated shortage of green space in Chinese cities. However, in the Pearl River Delta, an ambitious greenway system has recently managed to flourish. It is intriguing to ask how this has become possible. Informed by the perspective of urban political ecology, this paper finds that the greenway project in the Pearl River Delta represents a set of politically realistic endeavours to alleviate urban green space shortage by adapting to, rather than challenging, powerful landed interests. Three interlocking dimensions about land—municipal land quota, rural land use claims, and real estate development—have influenced why, where and how greenways have been created. Based on these findings, we argue that research on China’s politics of urban sustainability necessarily needs to understand the country’s land politics.

以土地为中心的城市化导致了中国城市绿地的短缺。然而, 一个宏大的绿道系统最近在珠江三角洲蓬勃发展。这个绿道系统如何能够发展起来, 成为一个引人注目的问题。借助城市政治生态学的研究视角, 本文发现珠江三角洲的绿道项目应被视作一系列务实的政治尝试, 它通过适应而非挑战强大的土地利益来缓解城市绿地短缺。为了理解绿道项目的起因、位置和建设方式,我们将焦点放在城市土地配额、农村土地使用权和房地产开发这三个相互关联的土地维度上。基于这些研究结果, 我们认为要研究中国城市可持续发展的政治, 首先需要认识中国的土地政治。

Full paper is accessible from: 

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anti.12384/full

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