From “the workshop of the world” to spaces of the knowledge economy: Changing functional patterns of manufacturing and knowledge-intensive business services activities in the Pearl River Delta

Authors: Pengfei Feng*, Capital Normal University, China, Anna Growe, Heidelberg University, Germany, Yuming Shen, Capital Normal University, China
Topics: China
Keywords: urban geography, economic geography, China, metropolitan area, megacity region, polycentricity
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 6:25 AM / 7:40 AM
Room: Virtual 16
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This paper deals with the economic transformation in the Chinese megacity region of the Pearl River Delta (PRD). The PRD is one of the three largest megacity regions (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Yangtze River Delta and the PRD) in China.

Spatial changes in economic activities from 2000 to 2010 were analysed in this study, based on occupational data. To identify spatial and functional changes without exante aggregation of functional components, a principal component analysis (PCA) is applied in this study.

This analysis showed that, on one hand, the large centres are undergoing an upgrade and the range of occupations in formerly predominantly industrial centres has been expanded to include highquality service occupations. On the other hand, decentralisation processes of economic activities in the hinterland were observed. In the formerly small economic centres in the hinterland, industrial activities, in particular, are on the increase. Service occupations continue to be concentrated in the large centres.

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