Sustainable Urbanisation

China has been experiencing unprecedented urbanization for decades, driven by the nation’s urban dream. Sustainable urbanization is regarded as a policy priority in China due to its synergetic effects on driving regional development, enabling economic growth, increasing citizens' well-being, and mitigating environmental threats. However, urban sustainability transition is a long-term, multi-dimensional, and fundamental transformation process that requires changes in many urban sectors in a systematic matter and exerts broader effects on rural areas through intensive and interactive urban-rural links. Although there is theoretical and empirical importance of studying China’s urbanization to reveal the drivers, barriers, opportunities, and actors’ roles in multi-dimensional on-going processes, studying these intricate changes is a challenging task, calling for interdisciplinary collaboration across scholars from diverse research backgrounds.

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Xuemei Bai

Xuemei Bai

Urban Environment and Human Ecology, Fenner School of Environment and Society

Sotiris Vardoulakis

Sotiris Vardoulakis

National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health

Jonathan	Unger

Jonathan Unger

Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, College of Asia & the Pacific

Zhongwei Zhao

Zhongwei Zhao

Research School of Social Sciences, College of Arts & Social Sciences

Sara Bice

Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia & the Pacific

Dr Wenting Cheng

Wenting Cheng

ANU College of Law

Yuan Peng

Yuan Peng

Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU College of Science

Jeroen van der Heijden

School of Regulation and Global Governance, College of Asia and the Pacific

Lei Wan

Research School of Population Health, College of Health & Medicine

Shengnan Wang

Fenner School of Environment and society, ANU College of Science

Bingqin Li

UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture

Linlin Ge

UNSW Engineering

Xiaoqi Feng

UNSW Medicine

Ian William McArthur

UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture

Cunrui Huang

Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University

Adrian Hearn

School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne

Xin Tong

Department of Urban and Economic Geography, Peking University

Xuehua Zhang

Lishui Institute of Ecology and Environment, Nanjing University

Li Sun

School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

Martin de Jong

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, TUDelft

Xin Yang

Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design

1) Organize series of workshops inviting about 10-15 top urban scholars in both China and Australia exploring the impacts of China’s urbanization over the last 4 decades, aiming at a high level synthesis paper and/or a special-issue in an international peer-reviewed journal. The workshop will begin online, with the possibility to hold a writing workshop towards the end of this funding year or the next.

2) Network member webinars for network members and in-person quarterly lunch meeting for ANU spoke members to network, with presentation opportunities to share their works.

3) Support specific research-related activities on relevant topic proposed by members, with particular focus on supporting ECRs, e.g., publication related cost, data purchase, survey costs, and funding proposal development activities.

Many of the spoke members belong to the ANU ZCEAP Grand Challenge, looking at renewable energy development and proliferation in Chinese cities. The spoke activities will provide a great synergy to advance these ongoing research and proposal development. For example, one of the research initiatives under development is to explore city-level hydrogen strategies in China and Australia, to understand the role of cities in technological R&D. Ground work is underway to develop a Linkage proposal aims to initiate partnerships with industries and local governments for their cash and in-kind support.

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