Pleased to see the release of a special issue from Urban Geography, entitled Urbanising Dynamics of Global China. This special issue was co-edited with Yimin Zhao and Sin Yee Koh, and engages with highly interesting cases from Malaysia, India, Ghana and western China. It’s a collection that results from the previous discussions we had at the RC21 conference in Delhi in September 2019.
- Shin, H.B., Zhao, Y. and Koh, S.Y. (2022) Introduction: The urbanising dynamics of global China: speculation, articulation, and translation in global capitalism. Urban Geography 43(10): 1457-1468
- Koh, S.Y., Zhao, Y. and Shin, H.B. (2022) Moving the mountain and greening the sea: the micropolitics of speculative green urbanism at Forest City, Iskandar Malaysia. Urban Geography 43(10): 1469-1495
- Goodburn, C. and Knoerich, J. (2022) Importing export zones: processes and impacts of replicating a Chinese model of urbanization in rural south India. Urban Geography 43(10): 1496-1518
- Asante, L.A. and Helbrecht, I. (2022) Hybrid entrepreneurial urban governance in post-colonial Ghana: an analysis of Chinese funding of the Kotokuraba market project in Cape Coast. Urban Geography 43(10): 1519-1543
- Smith, N.R. (2022) Continental metropolitanization: Chongqing and the urban origins of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Urban Geography 43(10): 1544-1564
- Bunnell, T. (2022) China at large, Chinas for comparative conversation: a commentary on “Urbanizing dynamics of global China”. Urban Geography 43(10): 1565-1571
The special issue also resulted from the British Academy project, The Urban Spectre of Global China: Mechanisms, Consequences, and Alternatives for Urban Futures, which drew on methods of comparative urbanism and multi-sited case studies, aiming to uncover the differentiated models of urban production in the Global China era and to critically examine the dynamics of urban political economy and contemporary urban living in a rapidly shifting geopolitical setting. Research was carried out in London, Iskandar Malaysia, Beijing and Shunde (Guangdong Province) between January 2019 and January 2022. An end-of-grant workshop was held in January 2022, where the contributors to the special issue also gave their talks to summarise their papers. These can be founded here.