In the last four decades the People’s Republic of China has undergone unprecedented social-economic changes. One of the unique transformations has been the urbanization process across PRC.The pace of China’s urbanization has been very fast with the current rate of 57 percent. The rapid urbanization process has also brought a number of challenges for the central and local governments in PRC. In 2014, the PRC introduced New National Urbanization Plan (2014–20) that provides guideline for achieving sustainable, human-centred, and environmentally friendly urbanization.The New Urbanization Plan aims to promote healthy economic growth, promote social-economic equalities and welfare improvements that is integrated with environmentally friendly development. The China’s urbanization process is of an unprecedented scale that rises a number of challenging questions that need to be rigorously answered. The main theme of the symposium is to address the following key challenges and further opportunities with the urbanization process across provinces:
The sustainable financing of the urbanization process across provinces
Migration & Mass entrepreneurship and innovation in China’s provinces
Urbanization, Migration & Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship
Urbanization & Business formation and Innovation
Urbanization & Global Network in China
Regional development trajectories and global connectivity
Determinants affecting migration into cities
The Push and Pull factors of Migration within China.
The Hukou System: A system of Localized State Welfare to Control Migration
The Positive and Negative Externalities of migration: Are there too many people or too few people in the Top Cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen)?
Left behind child: Who takes cares of the children of migrant workers?
These topics are suggestive rather than exhaustive: any topic related to China’s urbanization is welcome. In addition, we also welcome other papers discussing urbanization in other countries that possibly relates to the Chinese experience.
To address these issues, the Jinan University-University of Birmingham Joint Institute, Research Centre for China Economic Development and Innovation Strategy at Jinan University, and Centre for Risk, Banking and Financial Services (CRBFS), Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham, UK will host the Conference on “The Economic Challenges and Opportunities of Urbanization and Migration in China”. The conference is to be held on January 11-12, 2019 at Jinan University, Guangzhou.
The Conference will provide an open platform that brings scholars, industry experts and policy makers to present current research and stimulate new development in the Regional Economy and Urbanisation. We are also pleased to announce that the selected papers from the conference will be considered for a prospective special issue of China Economic Review and Review of Development Economics. The selected papers will undergo the standard reviewing process.
Conference date: 11-12 January 2019
Conference venue: Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
Organizing Committee representatives:
Prof. Chunchao Wang, Dean Jinan University-University of Birmingham Joint Institute, HeadDepartment of Economics, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China. Prof. Wang’s current research interests include LaborEconomics,DevelopmentEconomics andAgroeconomics. He has published more than 80 papers in important academic journals and has led national science and social science projects.
Prof. RomanMatousek, Chair in Finance, Director, Centre for Risk, Banking and Financial Services (CRBFS), Nottingham University Business School, Nottingham University, United Kingdom.Professor Matousek has extensively published in leading academic journalsand organiseda number of major conferences.Roman currently serves on editorial boards of Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money (Elsevier).
Prof.Eddie Chi Man Hui, the Associate Head (Partnership) and the Professor of Real Estate at the Department of Building and Real Estate at the HongKong Polytechnic University; the Academic Discipline Leader of Construction & Real Estate Economics; the Editor of Habitat International.
Please submit the electronic full paper to the conference.
1. The paper submitted should not be previously published.
2. The submitted paper should be presented in Englishwith title page, including title, abstract, key words, and author information.
3. Electronic submission (word or PDF) should be sent to email@example.com.
4. An abstract can be submitted first, followed by the submission of the full paper by the due date.
5. Manuscripts accepted and presented at the conference will be selected and recommended for publication inChina Economic Review and Review of Development Economics.
Full-text paper submission deadline: December 20, 2018;
Conference Registration and fee payment:
The registration fee is 1000 yuan RMB (or 145 US dollars) per person forregular participants. It is 600 yuan RMB (or 90 US dollars) for students.The registration fee includes conference materials, coffee breaks, lunch buffets and gala dinner.
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The Profile of Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Eddie Chi Man Hui
Prof. Hui is an all-round professional with diverse experience in research and consultancy projects. His main research interest is real estate and housing. His current research projects include Analysis of Real Estate Markets,Dynamics of Residential Mobility and Housing Needs of the Elderly, New Effective Indicators of Performance for Real Estate Investors,Public Housing and Subsidized Housing Schemes, Real Estate Investment Decisions,Residential Mobility and Spatial Work-residence Matching and Urban Development in Greater China: Sustainability and Stability. He has published more than 100 articles in well-known journals.
Prof. Hui is currently a member of the Appeal Tribunal Panel under the Buildings Ordinance. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Hong Kong Housing Society, and the Estate Agents Authority. The Chief Executive has awarded Prof. Hui in the Honours list of year 2015. He was presented the Medal of Honour (MH) for his dedicated public service, particularly his contributions to the Town Planning Board and the surveying sector.