New perspectives on sustainable urban development in China

An essay by Martin de Jong discusses ambitious eco-initiatives in China, and related policy processes.

In the context of rapid industrialisation, growth, urbanisation, and ecological pressures, what efforts have been made to shift towards a cleaner path of urban development in China, and how can we understand the underlying institutions and policy processes?

This question is addressed in a new piece for the International Eco-Cities Initiative, by our partner Professor Martin de Jong at TU Delft. In this text, reproduced from his inaugural professorial lecture, de Jong provides fascinating insights into a series of major Chinese policy initiatives, including metro networks, high-speed rail, eco-industrial parks and eco-cities.

Finding that outcomes of these have been mixed, de Jong looks at the unique institutional backdrop that has given rise to them, such as the challenges of horizontal coordination between government departments on projects that cut across sectors. He points to new directions in research that have the potential to provide a more nuanced understanding of public policy and the implementation of eco-initiatives.

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