Asian Symposium: Shrinking Cities: China and International Comparisons I

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: China Specialty Group, Asian Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (MDT)
Room: 8212, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Chung-Tong Wu, Kai Zhou
Chairs: Chung-Tong Wu

Call for Submissions

While shrinking cities have captured research and policy attention in Europe and N America since the early 2000s (for example, Pallagst et al (eds) 2014), the phenomenon of urban shrinkage has only recently attracted the attention of researchers in China. However, over the past several years, researchers have begun to pay attention to key factors that contribute to shrinking cities in China. These include massive rural to urban migration, including from smaller towns to larger cities, economic restructuring, impacts of global economic change and an ageing population. In a country with vast regionally differences it is inevitable that there are diverse patterns of urban shrinkage.
In contrast to the massive literature on the growth of Chinese cities and metropolitan regions, the available English language publications on shrinking cities in China are only emerging. Examples include exploratory case studies (Wu, Zhang, Cui & Cui 2014), general surveys (Yang & Dunford 2017; Li & Mykhnenko 2018), graphical analysis (Long & Wu 2016) and case studies of resource depleted cities (He et al 2017). Many more publications on these topics are available in Chinese publications (Zhang et al 2016; Zhou & Qian 2017; Du and Li 2017).
This organized session invites papers that explore the phenomenon of urban shrinkage in China and international comparisons. We welcome papers on any of the following, but by no means exclusive, topics:
• Regional differences in urban shrinkage;
• Resource sector and shrinking regions;
• Case studies of urban shrinkage;
• Migration, resettlement and urban transformations;
• Border regions and urban shrinkage;
• Transport system transformations and impacts on urban growth and decline;
• Theoretical contributions based on Chinese experience.
• Policy/Planning (non)responses to urban or regional shrinkage
• International comparisons

Joining the Session
Interested participants should send a 250-word abstract, including title, author(s), institutional affiliation(s), email address(es) and 5 key words to the organizers: Chung-tong WU ( ) and ZHOU Kai ( ). AAG abstract submission deadline is 25 October 2018. We will need your PIN to include your paper in our session. Please note your PIN is only activated after you have submitted your abstract to AAG and registered.
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Research on shrinking cities in China are just emerging even though there are reports close to 300 cities that are experiencing this phenomenon (Li and Mykhnenko 2018). Available research on this topic is limited in the the English language. This organized session invited papers that explore the phenomenon of urban shrinking in China and international comparisons with the hope of adding to the available research.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Kai Zhou*, Hunan University, Zhiwei Du, Guangzhou Institute of Geography, GDAS CAS, China , Two Sides of the Same Coin: Examining City Shrinkages in the Rapid Urbanizing China 20 1:10 PM
Presenter Scarlett Jin*, Ohio State University, Do central state interventions cause urban shrinkage in China? 20 1:30 PM
Presenter Linshen Jiao*, Xi`an University of Architecture and Technology, Zhonghua Zhang, Xi`an University of Architecture and Technology , Lu Zhao, Xi`an University of Architecture and Technology, Study on China`s Shrinking Cities in Traditional Agricultural Areas and Strategies to Avoid Shrinkage: A Case Study of Yudong Plain 20 1:50 PM
Presenter Kang Wu*, Capital University of Economics and Business, Identifying shrinking cities in China from urban network perspective 20 2:10 PM
Presenter Zhaoya Gong*, University of Birmingham, Ran Tao, School of Geosciences, University of South Florida, Qiwei Ma, Tsinghua University, Changcheng Kan, Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd, Urban Interaction and Shrinking Cities in Northeast China 20 2:30 PM

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