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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Urban Environment and Human Ecology, Fenner School of Environment and Society
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health
Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, College of Asia & the Pacific
Research School of Social Sciences, College of Arts & Social Sciences
Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia & the Pacific
ANU College of Law
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
Research School of Population Health, College of Health & Medicine
Fenner School of Environment and society, ANU College of Science
UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture
Ian William McArthur
UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture
Vanke School of Public Health, Tsinghua University
School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne
Department of Urban and Economic Geography, Peking University
Lishui Institute of Ecology and Environment, Nanjing University
School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds
Martin de Jong
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, TUDelft
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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