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Urban housing and regeneration - what can Europe learn from Asia?

China, and other South East Asian countries, experience major urban housing problems trying to accommodate fast growing city populations. What lessons can Europe learn from their solutions, and can Europe suggest any strategies in return?

An international workshop on the Enabling Role of the Public Sector in Urban Housing and Regeneration: converging and diverging experiences in Asia and Europe takes place in Beijing from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 July.

Co-hosted by the Center for Social Policy Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing and the ESRC Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the workshop is funded by a grant from the Asia-Europe Foundation and the European Alliance for Asian Studies.

CASE Professor Anne Power, one of a number of LSE academics involved in the workshop, said: 'We want to learn from the immense challenges of rapid urban growth in Asia, intense building activity and deep social changes under way. We hope our Asian colleagues will also learn from our experiences of urban growth, decay and regeneration.

'Slum clearance and regeneration, the displacement of the urban poor and social minorities, the issue of replacing low-rise but densely occupied streets and dwellings with high-rise estates, and environmental limitations on development - these are problems we all share, but have perhaps addressed in different ways.'

The workshop takes place Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 July in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at the Zheng Xie Hotel, Beijing.


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The co-initiators of the conference are Professor Tuan Yang, CASS, and Professor Anne Power, LSE. Representatives from six European countries and four Asian countries and regions will attend.

LSE is working closely on social science research themes with Chinese universities and institutions. Director Howard Davies launched a new LSE-Peking University lecture series on Monday 28 June with a lecture on Globalisation and Financial Reform.

2 July 2004