Co-working spaces in China: which kind of spaces can go far?

Authors: Yu Guojun*,
Topics: Economic Geography, Economic Geography
Keywords: space, geography, co-working space, relational spaces
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Zulu, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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The theoretical understandings of space in human geography are relatively diverse, from a neutral container to a positive existence that is produced by human beings. The conception of space in the latter one includes the place in humanistic geography which emphasizes the human being’s sense of space, and the relational space in relational geography which emphasizes the space is constructed by countless social relations. This paper aims to draw on the positive perspective of space to investigate the forming and development process of co-working spaces prevailing in China since 2015. I design a comprehensive analytical framework to approach the complex co-working spaces, which merges the thinkings in the institutional, cultural, and regional economic geography. This analytical framework will enrich the theoretical and practical research of microgeographical spaces. Five kinds of co-working spaces are taken for cases in the paper. I find that the economic performance differentiates among different co-working spaces according to the different initiative purposes, the executors who manage the spaces, and the different locations. In the conclusion, some policy suggestions are proposed to promote the development of co-working spaces in China.

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