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Governance Challenges in Urban Redevelopment in Shenzhen: Property Rights and Contractual Relationship in Baishizhou

Authors: Ian Maclachlan, Peking University, Jiuju Huang*, Peking University, Jiawen Yang, Peking University
Topics: Urban Geography, China, Social Geography
Keywords: Urban Renewal; Property Rights; Urban Village; Urban Governance
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 1:15 PM
Room: Virtual Track 2
Presentation File: Download



Urban village (chengzhongcun in Chinese) as an informal residence provider plays a vital role in urban development in China’s Pearl River Delta. It facilitates immigrants’ adaptation to the urban society, and provides affordable housing and crucial employment and social opportunities. However, many urban villages have been redeveloped in the past decade, creating social tension among developers, original village members, and new immigrants. This research tries to reveal the entangled relationship among them by examining the property right associated with the village properties, the contractual relationship between the developer and the property owners, and the leasing relationship between the owners and the tenants. The selected studied case, Baishizhou in Shenzhen’s Nanshan District, is one of the largest urban villages and is in the process of preparing for redevelopment, with intense negotiation among relevant stakeholders. With a survey and in-depth interviews in Baishizhou, we analyze the interests of different stakeholders, the rule-making for property acquirement, and the representative issues for the migrant tenants. Our study has implications for city government’s policy-making on urban renewal.

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