Developing inclusive urban innovation districts in Shanghai: the case of Yangpu District

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference


The rise of the so-called Urban Innovation Districts (UIDs) has shown a recent “urban turn” of knowledge location in the Western countries. Not only sub-urban knowledge hotspots are being urbanized but also innovation activities are increasingly concentrated in traditional urban fabric. Some grew organically round certain anchor institutes, others emerged through regeneration programs in traditional industrial districts or through private –led regeneration program. Policy makers welcome the rise of UIDs as they offer space where innovation, economic development and urban regeneration together. For Chinese cities with strong state intervention, it is interesting to explore how UIDs in Chinese context are developed and to what extent the state accommodate various UIDs developed with bottom-up initiative. In this paper, I examined how the concept UID has been developed in Yangpu District, Shanghai. The main questions raised are: 1. How is innovation accommodated in urban regeneration process of traditional urban districts? 2. What strategies have been explored to create sustainable innovation ecosystem? And 3. What role can the local government (agencies) to play in facilitating innovation, entrepreneurship as well as attracting and retaining talents in UIDs?
Period9 Jul 201812 Jul 2018
Event titleinternational Conference on Chinese Urban Development
Event typeConference
LocationGlasgow, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Regeneration
  • innovation
  • community participation
  • sustainable innovation ecosystem
  • Shanghai