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Urbanisation in China

Panel Discussion and Book Launch

Monday 7th December 2015, 6pm to 7.30pm, Thai Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, New Academic Building, LSE

Speakers: Miguel Elosua, Stephan Feuchtwang, François Gipouloux and Sébastien Goulard

Chair: Athar Hussain

Urbanisation in China has been rapid, vast in scale and is taking place under tight environmental constraints. China’s urban population grew by 451 million between 1982 and 2010 implying a growth rate of 16 million persons - or a city the size of Shanghai - each year. The urbanisation rate at the end of 2014 was around 55% and is expected to reach 60% by the end of 2018. China’s urbanisation shares some features with urbanisation in other countries, but it also exhibits distinctive features because of two particular institutions: the household registration system and the division of public ownership of land into state and collective ownership.

The panel discussion aims to present a selection of results and to launch a book, China’s Urban Century, arising from the research project Sustainable Urbanisation in China (UrbaChina), which was funded by the European Union under its Framework 7 Programme. The project was a collaborative venture and involved both European and Chinese researchers and institutions, including the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHSS) in Paris, Institute of Geography at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Renmin University and LSE.

Dr Miguel Elosua is a Research Assistant at CECMC (EHESS), and Associated Researcher at the Property Law Institute (East China Political Science and Law University).

Professor Stephan Feuchtwang is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, LSE.

Professor François Gipouloux is Emeritus research director at CNRS, was the Director of the UrbaChina Project and the Head of the Institute of research on China, Korea and Japan at the EHSS.

Dr Sébastien Goulard is a Research Assistant at the Research Center on Modern and Contemporary China, EHESS. 

Professor Athar Hussain is Director of the Asia Research Centre, LSE.

Additional Information

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. Please direct any queries to arc@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.