Publications

We have publications including journal articles, books and reports.
Book
Creating Chinese Urbanism: Urban revolution and governance changes
Fulong Wu

Creating Chinese Urbanism describes the landscape of urbanisation in China, revealing the profound impacts of marketisation on Chinese society and the consequential governance changes at the grassroots level.

During the imperial and socialist periods, state and society were embedded. However, as China has been becoming urban, the territorial foundation of ‘earth-bound’ society has been dismantled. This metaphorically started an urban revolution, which has transformed the social order derived from the ‘state in society’. The state has thus become more visible in Chinese urban life.

Besides witnessing the breaking down of socially integrated neighbourhoods, Fulong Wu explains the urban roots of a rising state in China. Instead of governing through autonomous stakeholders, state-sponsored strategic intentions remain. In the urban realm, the desire for greater residential privacy does not foster collectivism. State-led rebuilding of residential communities has sped up the demise of traditionalism and given birth to a new China with greater urbanism and state-centred governance.

Taking the vantage point of concrete residential neighbourhoods, Creating Chinese Urbanism offers a cutting-edge analysis of how China is becoming urban and grounds the changing state governance in the process of urbanization. Its original and material interpretation of the changing role of the state in China makes it suitable reading for researchers and students in the fields of urban studies, geography, planning and the built environment.

Special issues
Regional Studies
Forthcoming special issue: Financialization of urban and regional development in China and beyond
Guest editors: Fulong Wu, Fenghua Pan & Jie Chen
  • Wu, F., Pan, F., & Chen, J. 2022. Financialization under state entrepreneurialism in China. Regional Studies (full-text)
  • Li, Z., Wu, F., & Zhang, F. 2022. A multi-scalar view of urban financialization: urban development and local government bonds in China. Regional Studies (full-text)
  • Feng, Y., Wu, F., & Zhang, F. 2021. Changing roles of the state in the financialization of urban development through chengtou in China. Regional Studies (full-text)
  • Theurillat, T. 2021. Urban growth, from manufacturing to consumption and financialization: the case of China’s contemporary urban development. Regional studies (full-text)
  • Chen, J., Guo, X., & Zhong, S. 2022. The financialization of urban development and urban labour productivity: evidence from China. Regional Studies (full-text)
  • Jiang, Y., & Waley, P. 2021. Financialization of urban development in China: fantasy, fact or somewhere in between? Regional Studies (full-text)
Land Use Policy
Special Section on Financialised urban development: Chinese and (South-)East Asian observations
Guest editors: Fangzhu Zhang & Fulong Wu
  • Zhang, F., & Wu, F. 2022. Financialised urban development: Chinese and (South-)East Asian observations. Land Use Policy (full-text)
  • Feng, Y., Wu, F., & Zhang, F. 2022. The development of local government financial vehicles in China: A case study of Jiaxing Chengtou. Land Use Policy (full-text)
  • Wu, F. 2022. Land financialisation and the financing of urban development in China. Land Use Policy (full-text)
  • Ye, Z., Zhang, F., Coffman, D., Xia, S., Wang, Z., & Zhu, Z. 2022. China’s urban construction investment bond: Contextualising a financial tool for local government. Land Use Policy (full-text)
  • Chen, J., & Wu, F. 2022. Housing and land financialization under the state ownership of land in China. Land Use Policy (full-text)
  • Chen, J., Wu, F., & Lu, T. 2022. The financialization of rental housing in China: A case study of the asset-light financing model of long-term apartment rental. Land use policy (full-text)
  • Luan, X., & Li, Z. 2022. Financialization in the making of the new Wuhan. Land Use Policy (full-text)
  • Su, X., & Qian, Z. 2022. Neoliberal financial governance and its transformation under real estate boom and bust: The case of Ordos City, China. Land Use Policy (full-text)
  • Shen, J. 2022. Universities as financing vehicles of (sub)urbanisation: the development of university towns in Shanghai. Land Use Policy (full-text)
  • Li, L., & Xiao, Y. 2022. Capital accumulation and urban land development in China: (Re)making Expo Park in Shanghai. Land Use Policy (full-text)
  • Chen, Y. 2022. Financialising urban redevelopment: Transforming Shanghai’s waterfront. Land Use Policy (full-text)
  • Aveline-Dubach, N. 2022. The financialization of rental housing in Tokyo. Land Use Policy (full-text)
  • Shatkin, G. 2022. Financial sector actors, the state, and the rescaling of Jakarta’s extended urban region. Land Use Policy (full-text)
Journal articles
2022
  • Zhang, F., Wu, F., & Lin, Y. 2022. The socio-ecological fix by multi-scalar states: The development of ‘Greenways of Paradise’ in Chengdu. Political Geography (full-text)
  • Feng, Y., Wu, F., & Zhang, F. 2022. Shanghai municipal investment corporation: Extending government power through financialization under state entrepreneurialism. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space (full-text)
  • Wu, F., Pan, F., & Chen, J. 2022. Financialization under state entrepreneurialism in China. Regional Studies (full-text)
  • Li, Z., Wu, F., & Zhang, F. 2022. A multi-scalar view of urban financialization: urban development and local government bonds in China. Regional Studies (full-text)
  • Zhang, F., & Wu, F. 2022. Financialised urban development: Chinese and (South-)East Asian observations. Land Use Policy (full-text)
  • Feng, Y., Wu, F., & Zhang, F. 2022. The development of local government financial vehicles in China: A case study of Jiaxing Chengtou. Land Use Policy (full-text)
  • Wu, F. 2022. Land financialisation and the financing of urban development in China. Land Use Policy (full-text)
  • Ye, Z., Zhang, F., Coffman, D., Xia, S., Wang, Z., & Zhu, Z. 2022. China’s urban construction investment bond: Contextualising a financial tool for local government. Land Use Policy (full-text)
  • Xu, M., Wu, F., & Li, Z. 2022. Understanding the intergroup relations of migrants in China. Population, Space and Place (full-text)
  • Zhang, F., & Wu, F. 2022. Performing the ecological fix under state entrepreneurialism: A case study of Taihu New Town, China. Urban Studies (full-text)
  • Lu, T., Zhang, F., & Wu, F. 2022. The Sense of Community in Homeowner Association Neighborhoods in Urban China: A Study of Wenzhou. Housing Policy Debate (full-text)
  • Liu, S., Zhang, F., & Wu., F. 2022. Contrasting migrants’ sense of belonging to the city in selected peri-urban neighbourhoods in Beijing. Cities (full-text)
2021
  • Wu, F., Zhang, F., & Liu, Y. 2021. Beyond Growth Machine Politics: Understanding State Politics and National Political Mandates in China’s Urban Redevelopment. Antipode (full-text)
  • Wu, F. 2021. The long shadow of the state: financializing the Chinese city. Urban Geography (full-text)
  • Pan, F., Zhang, F., & Wu, F. 2021. State-led Financialization in China: The Case of the Government-guided Investment Fund. The China Quarterly (full-text)
  • Wang, M., Zhang, F., & Wu, F. 2021. Governing urban redevelopment: A case study of Yongqingfang in Guangzhou, China. Cities (full-text)
  • Feng, Y., Wu, F., & Zhang, F. 2021. Changing roles of the state in the financialization of urban development through chengtou in China. Regional Studies (full-text)
  • Zhang, F., Chung, C. K. L., Lu, T., & Wu, F. 2021. The role of the local government in China’s urban sustainability transition: A case study of Wuxi’s solar development. Cities (full-text)
2020
  • Wu, F. 2020. The state acts through the market: ‘State entrepreneurialism’ beyond varieties of urban entrepreneurialism. Dialogues in Human Geography (full-text)
  • Wu, F. 2020. Scripting Indian and Chinese urban spatial transformation: Adding new narratives to gentrification and suburbanisation research. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space (full-text)
  • Wu, F. 2020. Adding new narratives to the urban imagination: An introduction to ‘New directions of urban studies in China’. Urban Studies. (full-text)
  • Castán Broto, V., Mah, D., Zhang, F., Huang, P., Lo, K. & Westman, L. . 2020. Spatiotemporal perspectives on urban energy transitions: a comparative study of three cities in China. Urban Transformations. (full-text)
  • Wu, F., Chen, J., Pan, F., Gallent, N., & Zhang, F. 2020. Assetization: The Chinese Path to Housing Financialization. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. (full-text)
  • Zhang, F., Chung, C.K.L., & Yin, Z. 2020. Green infrastructure for China’s new urbanisation: A case study of greenway development in Maanshan. Urban Studies. (full-text)
  • Lu, T., Zhang, F., & Wu, F. 2020. The variegated role of the state in different gated neighbourhoods in China. Urban Studies. (full-text)
  • Wang, Z., Zhang, F., & Wu, F. 2020. The contribution of intergroup neighbouring to community participation: Evidence from Shanghai. Urban Studies. (full-text)
Books

Wu, Fulong (2015). Planning for Growth: Urban and Regional Planning in China. Routledge.

Planning for Growth: Urban and Regional Planning in China provides an overview of the changes in China’s planning system, policy, and practices using concrete examples and informative details in language that is accessible enough for the undergraduate but thoroughly grounded in a wealth of research and academic experience to support academics. It is the first accessible text on changing urban and regional planning in China under the process of transition from a centrally planned socialist economy to an emerging market in the world.

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