Regional Comparative Urbanism

Type: Paper
Theme: Geography, GIScience and Health: Building an International Geospatial Health Research Network (IGHRN)
Sponsor Groups: China Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Truman, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Yanpeng Jiang, Renfeng MA, Nalini Mohabir
Chairs: Yanpeng Jiang

Call for Submissions

We will be organizing one or more paper sessions at next year’s AAG on ‘understanding urbanization from the perspective of comparative urbanism’. The paper sessions will serve as a platform to exchange scholars’ thoughts and idea regarding comparative urbanism to gain a better understanding of the political / governance mechanisms behind China’s urbanism, and to develop a timely overview of new theoretical, methodological and empirical developments in the study of China’s urbanization.

We welcome theoretical and empirical debates, as well as papers examining methodological challenges in approaching comparative urbanism. We seek to develop a Special Issue on regional comparative urbanism from papers that participate in this session. Papers may focus on, but are not limited to:

Competitive urbanism

Mega urban projects

Mapping and other governance among the key stakeholders

Financialization of urban projects

Capital accumulation in urban development

Urban investment and development

Gentrification and urban renewal

Politics and contestations in urban development


Debates on how best to activate a comparative approach to urbanism have held the attention of urban studies specialists for a number of years now. The result has undoubtedly been fruitful in the sense that a more open and cosmopolitan and less anglo- and euro-centric lens has emerged. However, a purposeful comparative urbanism remains hard to undertake, and methodologies are ‘under construction’ (Robinson, 2016). In this session, we foreground a regional approach to comparative urbanism. In doing so, we encourage contributions that build on recent continuing debates on the relevance of regional thinking and regional approaches (see, for example, Jones and Paasi, 2013) and that interrogate the validity of area studies as an aide to a comparative approach (Sidaway et al., 2016). In this panel, we strive to bridge the gap between the Western theory and China’s urbanism from the perspective of comparative urbanism theoretically and empirically.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Xiaobin Zhao*, Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong, David W.H. Wong, The University of Hong Kong, David W.S. Wong, Department of Geography and GeoInformation Science, George Mason University, Ever-Transient FDI and Ever-Polarizing Regional Development: Revisiting Conventional Theories of Regional Development from China, Southeast and South Asia 20 12:40 PM
Presenter Nalini Mohabir*, Concordia University, Yanpeng Jiang, East China Normal University, Urban Regeneration in Shenzen 20 1:00 PM
Presenter Renfeng MA*, Institute of Human Geography and Urban-rural Planning, Department of Geography & Spatial Information Techniques, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, China, Simin DOU, Institute of Human Geography and Urban-rural Planning, Department of Geography & Spatial Information Techniques, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, China, Production and consumption of urban education space-case study of Ningbo modern higher education park 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Yanpeng Jiang*, School of Geography, The University of Hong Kong, Shanghai swings: The Hongqiao project and competitive urbanism in the Yangtze River Delta 20 1:40 PM
Discussant Xiaobin Zhao University of Hong Kong 10 2:00 PM
Discussant Nalini Mohabir Concordia University 10 2:10 PM

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