The Bartlett School of Planning


Learning from abroad and changing urban renewal policies in China

09 March 2022, 12:30 pm

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Some lessons from the case of Yangzhou: a China Planning Research Group Seminar.

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Fangzhu Zhang

Zoom Meeting ID  998 0660 2139


What happens when ideas in urban renewal and urban governance developed in Europe are transferred to China? Do they have an impact on local administrative arrangements and inspire policy change? And how do local administrations concretely use this knowledge? In this talk, Giulia Romano, author of the book Changing Urban Renewal Policies in China - Policy Transfer and Policy Learning under Multiple Hierarchies, published by Palgrave in 2020, illustrates the results of her research, carried out in the city of Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province. Based on a longitudinal analysis of the middle to long-term impacts of a project of international cooperation, she delivers some insights about policy transfer and policy learning in the field of urban renewal, focusing on the perspective of a local administration in China.

  • Speaker: Dr. Giulia C. Romano
  • Discussant: Prof. Claire Colomb

About the Speakers

Dr. Giulia C. Romano,

at Institute of East-Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen

Giulia Romano is a post-doctoral researcher and assistant to the Chair of Chinese Politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany). Her research interests include knowledge and policy transfers to and from China, urban administration, and urban governance.

Prof. Claire Colomb

at The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London

Claire Colomb is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning in the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. Her research interests span across urban governance, policies and politics, European spatial planning, comparative planning and urban sociology.