Study on Governance of Urban Renewal in the UK, Hong Kong and China: the Way to Sustainability

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    China’s fast growth of economy and urbanization has created a world record on its own since its reform and opening-up policy in late 1970s. This drives mass demolition and reconstruction and leaves a short lifespan of existing buildings through unsustainable urban renewal. Many developed countries/regions, such as the UK and Hong Kong, have long history of urban renewal. The urban renewal governance has shifted from government-led to broad participation. However, a lack of compatible governance causes the unsustainability during the urban renewal process in China. Little research explores the rationale on how far China can learn from its developed counterparts in the governance of urban renewal. Therefore, this paper aims to explore the current problems and future development of urban renewal governance in China by comparing with the UK and Hong Kong. Firstly, it reviews the nature and status quo of governance of urban renewal in China, the UK and Hong Kong respectively; secondly, through comparing characteristics (role of governments, local participation, and decision basis) of urban renewal governance, differences between China and its developed counterparts will be identified; finally, policy implications are drawn for China to deal with future urban renewal and achieve sustainable development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationENHR 2016: The European Network for Housing Research Conference
    Subtitle of host publicationGovernance, Territory and Housing
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventENHR 2016: Governance, territory and housing - Belfast, United Kingdom
    Duration: 28 Jun 20161 Jul 2016


    ConferenceENHR 2016
    CountryUnited Kingdom
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    • urban renewal
    • sustainability
    • governance
    • comparison
    • China


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