Urban Studies Foundation (USF) Global Urban Debate Series: Shanghai 2019

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Urban Studies Foundation (USF)

Global Urban Debate Series: Shanghai 2019

Theme: The Future of Urban Studies: The China Perspective 

Time: 2019-05-29(Wednesday)13:30-17:00 

Venue: Conference Room of Old Library,Shanghai Jiao Tong University Xuhui Campus, Huashan Road No. 1954, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China 


To stimulate deep discussions on the future trends of urban studies from the China perspective. Summarize what urban China studies have achieved, locate the main research gaps, identify key research questions that would emerge in the next few decades, and discuss how the current research approaches should be adjusted to meet the needs of new research questions. 


Professor Jie Chen, Trustee of Urban Studies Foundation (USF), School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) &China Institute for Urban Governance (CIUG), Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Professor Fulong Wu, Former Trustee of Urban Studies Foundation (USF), Bartlett School of Planning at University College London 


Professor Nick Gallent, Head of theBartlett School of Planning, University College London 

Professor Mark Partridge, Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy, The Ohio State University; President of Regional Science Association International 

Professor Shenjing He, China Editor of Urban Studies Journal; Department of Urban Planning and Design, University of Hong Kong 

Associate Professor Xiaoling Zhang, Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong 

Dr. Zhi Liu, Director of Peking University-Lincoln Land Institute of Urban Development and Land Policy 

Professor Jiannan Wu, Deputy Director of China Institute for Urban Governance (CIUG) & Professor of School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Professor Ming Lu, Executive Director of Shanghai Institute for National Economy (SHINE) & Professor of Antai Schoolof Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University 


The discussions will be conducted mainly through Q & A. The two moderators will prepare a list of questions to the panelists about three weeks in advance of the debate, and the list of questions will bead justed according to the panelist’ research background and exposures to urban China research. The debate will start by the moderators asking panelists to answer the prepared questions but whenever there are disagreements on answers of same question, the moderate will ask the panelists to provide more elaborations and then the debate is proceeded. 

After all panelists have expressed their key points and the first-round debate come to reach some conclusions, the audiences will be allowed to ask questions. 

In the end, the moderators will try to summarize key consensuses that have been achieved in the debate as well as remaining disagreements for future discussions. 

The whole debate event will be videoed, and the edited video will be uploaded on the internet for open access.