Lecture: Sustainable urban transformation in China: Challenges and opportunities



Sustainable urban transformation in China: Challenges and opportunities

The talk is based on a recently started, three-year, ESRC/NSFC/Newton Fund research project on eco-urbanisation in metropolitan regions in China that involves staff from the Centre for Urban Policy studies (CUPS) at the University of Manchester working with partners from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Fudan University.


Dr Mark Baker is a reader in planning policy and practice within the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), University of Manchester, and a chartered town planner (MRTPI) with previous professional experience in local and central government in the UK. Within the University, he was previously the head of the planning discipline within the School and is currently the School’s director of teaching and learning. An active member of the University’s Centre for Urban Policy Studies (CUPS), he has well-developed research interests in regional and strategic planning, plan-making process, and development control procedures. His past research activities include work on the English structure planning process and on stakeholder involvement in regional planning (for central government), sustainability appraisal of development plans (sponsored by ESRC) and the future of English sub-regional planning (for CPRE).

More recently, he led the University’s involvement in a EU funded (FP7 IRSES ECURBS) partnership with Nanjing University in China and three other European Universities and has been heavily involved with the RTPI’s Map for England project with other colleagues within CUPS. He has been a visiting academic at Nanjing University, China, on several occasions (2007, 2012 and 2013) and is currently a member of the CUPS / University of Manchester research team that has recently commenced a three-year ESRC-NSFC Newton Fund collaborative research project, in partnership with colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Fudan University, on ‘Eco-Urbanisation: promoting sustainable development in metropolitan regions of China’.