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City-regionalism in China

27 April 2017

On Monday 8 May, Dr Yi Li will deliver her latest research on city-regionalism in China in a lunchtime seminar.

Dr Li, Associate Professor at the School of Public Administration, Hohai University, China, and PhD graduate of Cardiff's School of Geography and Planning, will present a paper on Understanding city-regionalism in China: Regional cooperation in the Yangtze River Delta.

Her research explores the impact on city-region integration of two different regional-scale mechanisms - the top-down state-mandated process and the bottom-up process initiated by local governments - and of the associated internal politics that these generate.

Dr Li will argue that China’s territorial administrative divisions are central to understanding the efforts to construct city-regions, as well as to understanding the failure to create a new subnational state space. This research echoes wider debates on taking the experiences of the global South more seriously in order to contribute to Western-dominated urban and regional theory.

We are delighted to be able to welcome Dr Li back to Cardiff, and look forward to hearing her insights into the challenges of city-regional governance.

The seminar will be held in Glamorgan Building room 0.86 from 12-1pm. All are welcome.

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