‘Making Sustainable Urbanization in China: Environmental Externalities, Income Inequality and Resources Governance in the Post-carbon Era’

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Sustainable urbanization has become an urgent priority not only for scholarly research but also for its practical challenges. How to remake sustainable urbanization for individuals, places and regions across time? How to quantify it for diversifying and targeting coping governance strategies? How to identify the trade-off among scale and agglomeration economies, environmental externalities and inequality? How is sustainable urbanization challenged from a dynamic, relational and multi-scalar approach? This talk focuses on the China case, offering solutions and policy implications in terms of achieving economic, environmental and socially equitable growth without engendering external cost for sustainable urbanization.

Professor Xiaoling Zhang teaches at the Department of Social Policy at City University of Hong Kong. She received her PhD from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research focuses on sustainability science and resource management and economics, and political economics of environmental studies and energy studies. Professor Zhang serves as Associate Editor for npj Urban Sustainability (Nature) and is one of the special recognition diplomas’ awardees for the 35th World Cultural Council.

Mandarin presentation; English PPT; bilingual Q&As