From regeneration to innovation: Developing inclusive urban innovation districts in Shanghai

Chen, Y. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference

Description

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. 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 UIDs was 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 UID development, attracting and retaining talents in UIDs?
Period9 Jun 201812 Jun 2018
Event titleEURA Conference: RECONCILING PAST AND FUTURE URBAN AND REGIONAL STRENGTHS
Event typeConference
LocationTilburg, Netherlands
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Keywords

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