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China Panel


Special Panel within ICCASU: 

Rethinking China’s Urbanization

October 24-25, 2015, Ottawa, Canada





University of Ottawa

Tsinghua University


Panel Chairs:

Shimou Yao, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Chaolin Gu, Tsinghua University

Dingping Guo, Fudan University

John Zacharias, Peking University

Huhua Cao, University of Ottawa


Coordinator: Canada China Thinking Network

ICCASU Website: http://chinaeam.uottawa.ca/ICCASU/

China has been experiencing accelerated urbanization and reform for the last four decades. The country’s recent Neo-Urbanization (新型城市化) strategy has proven essential for the evolving discussion of opportunities and challenges to sustainable development. This special panel within ICCASU, “Rethinking China’s Urbanization”, is co-organized by UN-Habitat, UNITAR, the University of Ottawa and Tsinghua University. Sub-panels regarding new models for urbanization, community participation and city governance, high-tech applications for urban development, and other topics are included. China’s impact on African countries is an additional theme to be explored in this panel, as China is expands its influence on African states through investments and even policy formation. This panel will thus provide a platform for scholars, professionals, policy-makers, experts and the private sector to exchange views on the opportunities and challenges of urbanization in China from a global perspective.


Program Draft

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Opening Remarks

Alioune Badiane, UN-Habitat; John Zacharias, Peking University

13:15-14:30Keynote Speakers
  • Chair: Alioune Badiane, UN-Habitat
  • The Urbanization Pattern of China In the 21st Century, Shimou Yao, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Chinese Urbanization 2050SD Models for Mechanism and Simulation, Chaolin Gu, Tsinghua University
    Urban Governance Model in China, Dingping Guo, Fudan University
    The Inclusive Approach to Urban Development, Huhua Cao, University of Ottawa
14:30-14:45 Coffee Break
14:45-15:45 Panel Session 1-A:Urban Socio-Spatial Transformation

Chair: John Zacharias, Peking University

Panel Session 1-B:’New-Style’ Urbanization

Chair: Chaolin Gu, Tsinghua University

15:45-16:45 Panel Session 2-A:Urbanization Governance

Chair: Dingping Guo, Fudan University

Panel Session 2-B:Urbanization and Metropolitan Development

Chair: Shimou Yao, Chinese Academy of Sciences

16:45-17:00 Coffee Break
17:00-18:00 Panel Session 3-A:Urbanization and Property Rights

Chair: Pierre Gauthier, Concordia University

Panel Session 3-B:Coastal UrbanizationChair: Chitiung Hung, Mingchuan University
Sunday, October 25, 2015
9:00-10:00 Panel Session 4-C:Ecological-Friendly Urbanization

Chair: Yangfan Li, Xiamen University

Panel Session 4-B:Urbanization and Smart/Intelligent City

Chair: Jean-Marie Cishahayo, UN-Habitat

10:00-11:00 Panel Session 5-C:Urbanization and Rural Development

Chair: Omer Chouinard, University of Moncton

Panel Session 5-B:Big Data and Urban Studies

Chair: Ruibo Han, University of Maryland

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break
ion and
Chair: Allan Cain, Development Workshop, Angola

  • China-Africa cooperation and its impacts on African urbanization since 2000, Feng Zhen, Nanjing University
  • Challenges Facing Urban Development in China and Africa in 21st Century,Jean-Marie Cishahayo, University of Ottawa/ UN-Habitat
  • Suitability and Prospect of China’s Development Zone Model in Africa, Xingping Wang, Southeastern University
  • African trading community in the People’s Republic of China: A case of Guangzhou, Zhigang Li, Sun Yat-sen University

* Each panel session (one hour) will have 3-4 presentations.

Conference Official Languages: English and French
Important Dates:
Deadline for submission of abstract: July 31, 2015
Abstracts of 250 words accepted in English and/or French
Deadline for Registration: September 30, 2015
Deadline for Early Bird Registration: July 31, 2015
Registration Fee: Early Bird:
Regular participants: CAD$150 Regular participants: CAD$100
Students participants: CAD$100 Students participants: CAD$50

Contact: ICCASU@uottawa.ca

Website: http://chinaeam.uottawa.ca/ICCASU/

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