Researchers: Guangzhong Cao, Tao Liu, Qiujie Shi, Yingzhi Qiu, Xiaoling Mian, Qiurong Liu, Sichuang Chen, Rongxi Peng, Yanhua Zhang
Description of work
With the rapid development of economy and society over the past forty years in China, cities tend to establish a more interactive relationship with each other, which has propelled the development of mega-city regions and metropolitan areas. Accompanied by continuous increase of international linkages and global influence in various aspects, some new features have emerged in the spatial structure and function of these regions, and some core cities are growing as global cities, changing the global city structure. Research about mega-city region and metropolitan area is always a hotspot in urban geography and regional study area. Researches have made great efforts on concept definition and spatial structure analysis of these areas. However, the mechanism of dynamic dispersion and re-agglomeration of resources and human activities in the core urban area and its surrounding non-urban area has not been sufficiently clarified yet in existing literature. Also, few researchers study socio-economic structure of global cities through global comparison.
By using a reliable dataset from large scale survey for typical regions, this project would like to put forward a new theoretical framework to study the development of Chinese mega-city region and metropolitan area under the recent national strategy of new-type urbanization and rural vitalization, and analyse pluralistic interactions between the core urban area and its periphery (medium/small cities and rural areas). Then, we take particular interest in comparing occupational structure changes in Chinese emerging global cities and advanced global cities in western developed countries. Finally, by combining the results of process and mechanism analysis, policy assessment and prediction of development trend, this project will put forward some evidence-based and feasible political implications for metropolitan governance. The research findings would enrich the relevant theories of urban geography and also provide references for the understanding and decision-making in regard of metropolitan development in China.
Aims and research questions
- This project will explore the dispersion and agglomeration patterns of critical resources (such as capital, labours, and technologies) during the development of mega-city regions and metropolitan areas and analyse how these patterns will change spatial structure, regional function and inter-region relationship within such areas.
- This project aims to compare similarities and differences of overall occupational structure changes and occupational status of migrants between Beijing and London and explore the mechanism respectively.
- This project will recognize spatial development laws of metropolitan areas and predict the future development of Chinese metropolises. Also, this project aims to figure out evidence-based and feasible policy to achieve better metropolitan governance in China.