Mega urban agglomeration in the transformation era: evolving theories, research typologies and governance

Authors: Xiaoling Zhang*,
Topics: China, Urban and Regional Planning, Sustainability Science
Keywords: urban agglomeration; theories; typologies; governance
Session Type: Guided Poster
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 2:35 PM / 4:15 PM
Room: Roosevelt 3.5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The contemporary landscape of urban agglomeration studies has been experiencing a constant shift in research themes, which calls for a comprehensive and systematic revisit of urban agglomeration studies. This study conducts a bibliometric analysis with the assistance of VOS viewer and a systematic review of urban agglomeration studies, to develop a general typology of urban agglomeration and delineate its evolving trajectories of theories. Through a comprehensive review, five most highly used terms are first selected regarding urban agglomeration. Subsequently, the major research themes and their inter-relationships are analyzed, identifying six basic clusters of urban agglomeration research including environmental, social, China, planning and governance, and sustainable urban development issues. The most influential scholarly works in multi-disciplinary realms are reviewed and the development and variety of different theories in agglomeration contexts explained. This links the discontinuity and disjuncture of various agglomeration theories with insights into the theorization of urbanization in past decades. The research also reveals the connections and differences between such sub-concepts of urban agglomeration research as economic, environmental, technology, air, soil, and water pollution issues.

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