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The Urban-Rural Assembly (URA): Inclusive transformation-to-sustainability processes at the urban-rural interface of the Huangyan-Taizhou region in China

Most urban-oriented research and policy design in China is devoted to new mega cities and vast urban concentrations. But urbanisation processes across the country are much more complex and ambiguous, affecting both urban centres and the former rural countryside.

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The project ‘Urban-Rural Assembly’ (URA) aims to build a better understanding of the urban-rural constellation and interdependencies that are emerging along China’s vast urbanisation corridors, and which can no longer be described through traditional binaries of ‘urban’ and ‘rural’. The region Huangyan-Taizhou, part of the Chinese ‘prefectural-level city’ Taizhou, will be examined as an exemplary case study and learning context: a rapidly urbanising region where diverse and seemingly contradictory transformation processes take place simultaneously and in close proximity, producing multiple dimensions of urban-rural interrelations.

With GIS technology, this project will create landscape and ecosystem services indicators along the urban-rural gradient indicating the ecosystem services dynamics affected by urbanisation. In the initial phase, IOER is testing opportunities for creating GIS based ecosystem maps regarding the Huangyan-Taizhou region in China. The goal is to develop new stakeholder oriented planning-governance instruments.

This article is provided by IOER.  To find more information regarding this project at IOER’s website, please click here