The Bartlett School of Planning


Towards a low-carbon city

02 May 2024, 9:30 am–5:30 pm

Towards a low-carbon city: environmental governance on climate change

Please join us for a workshop on environmental governance, low-carbon transition, and climate change.

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Zhenfa Li


Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
United Kingdom

Ten speakers from The Bartlett, UCL and College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, China will share their research on environmental governance and climate change.

Through a dialogue between the UK and Chinese experience, this research exchange in the two diverse contexts will offer valuable insights by identifying best practices, assessing policy transferability, offering tailored solutions, and contributing to global efforts to address carbon emissions and enhance social inclusion in urban industrial development. The comparison contributes to understanding the complexity and diverse pathways of low-carbon transitions.

The workshop will provide two coffee breaks and lunch.

Access will be given to those with Eventbrite tickets, so register now to secure your place.

If you have any accessibility requirements or additional queries, please contact Zhenfa, zhenfa.li.19@ucl.ac.uk. Please note we require a minimum of two working days' notice for requests.’

For any questions about this event, please email Zhenfa, zhenfa.li.19@ucl.ac.uk.


Welcome: Chaired by Fangzhu Zhang (Coordinator of China Planning Research Group, BSP, UCL)
9:30 - 10:00

Professor Mike Raco, Head of the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL

Professor Canfei He, Dean, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, PKU

Professor Le-Yin Zhang, the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), UCL

Morning sessions: chaired by Fulong Wu (BSP, UCL)
10:00 - 10:30

Canfei He (CUES, PKU)

Tracing the origin: Carbon emission effects of regional industrial dynamics in China

10:30 - 11:00

Mike Raco (BSP, UCL)

Whatever happened to sustainable community planning? Reflections on the evolution of urban development projects in an era of financialisation

11:00 - 11:20 Coffee Break
11:20 - 11:50

Le-Yin Zhang (DPU, UCL)

Net zero and city economies: Challenges and strategies

11:50 - 12:20

Liang Ma (CUES, PKU)

Revisiting the impact of daily commuting on mental well-being: Using time-stamped subjective and objective data

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
Afternoon sessions: chaired by Le-Yin Zhang (DPU, UCL)
14:00 - 14:30

Lauren Andres (BSP, UCL)

Adaptable cities, pandemic mitigation and crisis preparedness. What lessons for climate change and urban resilience?

14:30 - 15:00

Gang Liu (CUES, PKU)

Characterizing the weight of cities for urban sustainability

15:00 - 15:30

Catalina Turcu (BSP, UCL)

Aligning climate and health outcomes in the city: evidence from the UK

15:30 - 15:50 coffee break
15:50 - 16:20

Guangzhong Cao (CUES, PKU)

Urban functional transformation and carbon emissions in urbanizing China

16:20 - 16:50

Fangzhu Zhang (BSP, UCL)

Performing the Ecological Fix under State Entrepreneurialism in China

Final reflections
16:50 - 17:30

Fulong Wu, Fangzhu Zhang, Handuo Deng (BSP, UCL)

Governing climate changes under state entrepreneurialism in China

The research agenda on the low-carbon city

Canfei He (CUES, PKU)