The Bartlett School of Planning


Regional Integration in Yangtze River Delta

10 December 2019, 12:15 pm–1:15 pm

Professor Wen Chen

A China Planning Research Group event: Regional Integration in Yangtze River Delta (YRD): Planning and Challenges

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Victoria Howard

Yangtze River Delta (YRD) includes Shanghai mage-city as well as Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui Provinces in East China. Since 2000, the Chinese central government has conducted a series of planning activities in order to profoundly integrate this broad region. It is expected that YRD will become one of the most competitive and modernized global regions and will lead the overall growth and development of China. However, the regional integration process has met dramatic challenges due to the administrative divisions across YRD. Therefore, this lecture aims to address the following questions in order to have a deeper understanding of the regional integration, which may not only useful to YRD, but also has wider significance to other regions and places. First, with the capital and population flows getting intensively in the integrated space, who (which city) gets more benefits? Second, why do multi-regions cooperate successfully or fail? Third, how is the governance rescaling in the integrated regions?

About the Speaker

Professor Wen Chen

Director of the Urban and Regional Development Research Centre at Nanjing Institute of Geography & Limnology, Chinese Academy of Science

Apart from the Chinese Academy of Science, Professor Chen also serves as Vice Director of the Sustainable Development Centre of the Chinese Academy of Science. A leading academic and planning practitioner, Professor Chen has published widely on urban and regional development and planning topics, and has participated in several of China's urban and regional plans, including her work as Chief Expert for the Yangtze River Delta Urban Cluster Plan.


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