Past Event

Urbanization and China: Understanding Impacts, Projecting Future

October 5, 2019
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027

As part of the celebration of WEAI’s 70th Anniversary, the 2019 Urban China Forum explores the impact of China’s sweeping urbanization on the country’s economic growth, environment and land resources, urban form and lifestyle, social fabric and welfare, and population and health. The magnitude and scope of change occurring through China’s urbanization are unprecedented, with impacts on nearly all facets of the society. As a field of inquiry, urbanization also provides a conceptual container for the study of populations and the natural and built environment within spatial concentrations of human habitation and exchange. Recognizing the breadth of urbanization research, we acknowledge the multidisciplinary nature of discourse and bring together scholars in an integrated forum of dialogue.


Program Schedule

8:45 Registration

9:00 Opening and Welcome

9:15 When the City Comes to You

  • Deborah Davies (Professor Emerita of Sociology, Yale University)

9:45 Are Rural-Urban Migrant Workers Overpaid in China?

  • Shi Li (Professor of Economics, Beijing Normal University), Discussant: Jeremy Wallace

10:30 Cities for Whom? Beijing’s 2017 Demolitions in Context

  • Jeremy Wallace (Professor of Government, Cornell University), Discussant: Ya Ping Wang

11:15 Urbanization and Housing Conditions and Access

  • Ya Ping Wang (Professor of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow); Discussant: Deborah Davis

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Urban Poverty in China: Driving Forces and Policy Responses

  • Qin Gao (Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, Columbia University), Discussant: Shi Li

13:45 Air Pollution, Heat island, and Green Space: Environmental Impact of Urbanization in Post-Reform China

  • Peilei Fan (Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Michigan State University), Discussant: Justin Remais

14:30 Shifting Exposures in China’s Urbanization Experience: Implications for Health

  • Justin Remais (Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, University of California Berkeley), Discussant: Peilei Fan

15:15 Break

15:30 Smart Cities, Big Data-Driven Urban Governance and Their Social Consequences

  • Alan Smart (Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary), Discussant: Deborah Davis

16:15 Paying for Urban Infrastructure: Land Finance and Impacts

  • Weiping Wu (Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia University), Discussant: Alan Smart

17:00 Closing


Organized by

Urban Planning Program and Urban China Network (Columbia GSAPP) & China Center for Social Policy (Columbia School of Social Work)

Sponsored by

Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, School of Social Work, and Columbia Global Centers | Beijing