The Bartlett School of Planning


Planning centrality, market instruments: Governing Chinese urban transformation

24 May 2018, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Public Lecture Series

The Annual Sir Peter Hall Lecture

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John Tomaney


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre Wilkins Building, UCL Gower Street London WC1E 6BT

This article defines the key parameters of ‘state entrepreneurialism’ as a governance form that combines planning centrality and market instruments, and interprets how these two seemingly contradictory tendencies are made coherent in the political economic structures of post-reform China. Through examining urban regeneration programmes, the development of suburban new towns and the reconstruction of the countryside, the article details institutional configurations that make the Chinese case different from a neoliberal growth machine. The contradiction of these tendencies gives room to urban residents and migrants to develop their agencies and their own spaces, and creates informalities in Chinese urban transformation.



Fulong Wu is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London. His research interests include urban development in China and its social and sustainable challenges. He has recently published a book, Planning for Growth: Urban and Regional Planning in China (2015, Routledge). He was awarded 2013 Outstanding International Impact Prize by UK ESRC. He is an editor of International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. He has previously taught at Cardiff University and the University of Southampton.


The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in the South Cloisters.