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Urbanization & Institutions in China

Aug 13, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Summer School Moments

Summer School Moments
Image Credit: Jingjing Peng, Junhua Zhang


Image Credit: Shanghai Jiao Tong University http://en.sjtu.edu.cn/

UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley
Image Credit: UC Berkeley http://www.berkeley.edu/

This summer workshop for graduate students from GEAS, SJTU and UC Berkeley explores how political, social, economic, and cultural institutions shape large-scale urbanization. China is currently undertaking a massive urbanization drive that aims to integrate more than two-hundred and fifty million rural residents into cities over the next decade. The globally unprecedented scale of this state-led project not only represents a dramatic acceleration of longstanding historical trends in Chinese demographics, it also places enormous strains on the interplay of government policies with the institutions that structure urban life for the hundreds of millions of residents living in Chinese cities. From the rules for household registration to property rights and dispute resolution, existing systems of urban management are being reformed. From consumer spending to foreign investment and urban entrepreneurship, new patterns of economic activity are emerging. And from education, health and eldercare, to the environment, social and cultural resources are facing new levels of stress. Top-down urbanization projects in other parts of the world such as Mexico and Brazil have often led to increased social inequality and instability rather than economic growth, raising the urgent question of where the Chinese government’s current urban policy will lead and what impact it will have not only within China but also more broadly across the East Asian region.

The Summer School is co-sponsored by UC Berkeley and held in cooperation with School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.



Saturday, August 13



Group Dinner


Sunday, August 14


Official Welcome

Guided tour and boat trip


Monday, August 15


10:00-10:30 Opening Remarks (Prof. ZHANG Xiaoyi, Deputy Dean of SIPA )

10:30-12:00 Lecture 1: Institutional Approaches to Urbanization in China (Prof. Elena Meyer-Clement, FUB)

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Working Groups: Formation

14:00-15:30 Lecture 2: Urban China in Historical Perspective (Dr. Sun Zhe SJTU)

15:30-17:00 Working Groups: Discussion 1 (History)

Tuesday, August 16

09:00-10:30 Lecture 3: China’s National Urbanization Drive (Prof. WANG Yu )

10:30-12:00 Lecture 4: Local Implementation of Urbanization Policy

(Dr. Maximilian Rech)

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Working Groups: Discussion 2 (Governance)

14:30-17:30 Site Visit 1: Urban Planning Museum


Wednesday, August 17

09:00-10:30 Lecture 5: Migrant Communities in Urban Society Dr. SHEN Yang, SJTU

10:30-12:00 Lecture 6: Social Welfare for Urban Residents Dr. YANG Fan, SJTU

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Working Groups: Discussion 3 (Society)

14:30-17:30 Site Visit 2: Migrant Community Enclave

Thursday, August 18

Day-trip to Suzhou (a city between tradition and modernization)


Friday, August 19

09:00-10:30 Lecture 7: Urban Economic Production and Consumption (Prof. GU Jianguang, SJTU )

10:30-12:00 Lecture 8: Patterns of Urban Redevelopment (Prof. Bettina Gransow, FUB)

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Working Groups: Discussion 4 (Economy)

13:00-17:00 Site Visit 3: Xintiandi


Saturday, August 20

09:00-10:30 Lecture 9: Urban Identity Formation (Prof. ZHANG Junhua, SJTU)

10:30-12:00 Working Groups: Discussion 5 (Culture)

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Working Groups: Wrap-up Discussion

14:30-17:00 Working Groups: Presentations


Group Dinner

Sunday, August 21