Urban Regeneration in China: What Model Now? 

A workshop of ‘Rethinking China’s Urban Governance’

Time: 12:30 – 14:00 (UK) / 19:30 – 21:00 (China), 14th October 2021, Thursday.

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Source: Manqi Wang

Yongqingfang, near the Enning Road in Guangzhou, is perhaps the most studied old urban neighbourhood in China. To what extent can this research site generate insights about changing practice of urban redevelopment in China? This workshop invites the authors who published papers on this area (see reference) to highlight their research experience and reflect on key concepts such as property-led redevelopment, gentrification and displacement, the role of the state, public participation, and collaborative planning. The workshop is part of ‘rethinking China’s urban governance’ series.

Speakers(Each speaker will deliver a 10-min talk followed by a 5-min Q&A, the presentation order is as follows)

Prof. Fulong Wu (University College London)

Fulong Wu is the Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London. His research interests include urban development in China and its social and sustainable challenges. He is the principle investigator of ERC ChinaUrban project.

Prof. Lin Ye (Sun Yat-sen University)

Lin Ye is a Professor and Associate Dean at School of Government, Sun Yat-sen University and the director of Guangzhou International Urban Innovation Research Center in Guangzhou, China. His research focuses on metropolitan development, urban politics, and governance issues. 

Dr. Yang Yu (Renmin University of China)

Yang Yu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Management at Renmin University of China. His research interests focus on urban governance and urban renewal in Chinese cities.  

Dr. Bin Li (Peking University, Shenzhen)

Bin Li is an Assistant Professor in Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, his research interests include urban regeneration, urban governance and comparative urban studies.

Manqi Wang (University College London)

Manqi Wang is a PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. Her research interests include urban redevelopment, urban governance and gentrification in China. 


Wang, M., Zhang, F., & Wu, F. (2021). Governing urban redevelopment: A case study of Yongqingfang in Guangzhou, China. Cities, 103420.

Wu, F., Zhang, F., & Liu, Y. (2021). Beyond growth machine politics: Understanding state politics and national political mandates in China’s urban redevelopment. Antipode https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12781.

Yao, Z., Li, B., Li, G., & Zeng, C. (2021). Resilient governance under asymmetric power structure: The case of Enning Road Regeneration Project in Guangzhou, China. Cities, 111, 102971.

Ye, L., Peng, X., Aniche, L. Q., Scholten, P. H., & Ensenado, E. M. (2021). Urban renewal as policy innovation in China: From growth stimulation to sustainable development. Public Administration and Development, 41(1), 23-33.

Yu, Y., Hamnett, C., Ye, Y., & Guo, W. (2021). Top-down intergovernmental relations and power-building from below in China’s urban redevelopment: An urban political order perspective. Land Use Policy, 109, 105633.

This workshop has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 832845) (Advanced Grant) – ChinaUrban.