The Chinese City: Book Talk by Prof. Weiping Wu

Wednesday April 16, 2014
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM


Professor Weiping Wu

Chair, Tufts Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning


160 Packard Ave, Medford, MA 02155
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China's cities are home to 10 percent of the world's population today. Professor Weiping Wu, chair of Tufts urban and environmental policy and planning, provides insights from her recent book, The Chinese City (2012), which offers a critical understanding of China's urbanization and how the Chinese city both conforms to and defies conventional urban theories and experience of other cities around the world.

Weiping Wu holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Tsinghua University (China). She is a former editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, and a visiting Zijiang Chair Professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai. At Tufts, she also is a senior fellow in the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises at The Fletcher School, and the coordinator of the undergraduate Minor in Urban Studies program. Previously, she was a professor of urban studies and planning and international studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, a consultant to the World Bank, and a fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She also serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Urban Affairs, Open Urban Studies Journal, Journal of Urban and Regional Planning (Chinese), and World Regional Studies (Chinese).

Her research is concerned with how migration affects the socio-spatial reconfiguration of cities, how planning and policy influence cities’ economic vitality and infrastructure building, and how higher education transfers knowledge and innovation to industry. With a record of substantial scholarly and publication activities (in books, articles, chapters, and policy and consultant reports), she contributes to a better understanding of urban dynamics in developing countries, and China in particular. Methodologically, she combines large-scale surveys, in-depth interviews, and statistical and spatial analysis. The National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and World Bank have provided funding support for her research. She has (co)authored and co-edited six books, the most recent published by Routledge titled The Chinese City.

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