Under the Researcher Links scheme, offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council and the National Natural Science Foundation of China are holding a workshop on Urban Regeneration and Sustainable Communities Leadership at Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China on 27 to 29 June 2018.
The workshop is being coordinated and led by experts from the University of Portsmouth and Xi’an Jiaotong University, with contributions from researchers from other leading institutes. Early Career Researchers from the UK and China are invited to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.
Application deadline: Thurs, 29th March 2018
Please find out more about the Urban Regeneration and Sustainable Communities Leadership Workshop here
Title: INSIGHT Workshop – Integrated strategies for inclusive growth, resource-efficiency and urban Resilience
Dates: 27th to 29th June 2018
Venue: Nanyang Academic Exchange Centre, XJTU Campus, Xi’an, China
UK Coordinator: Professor Steffen Lehmann, University of Portsmouth
China Coordinator: Associate Professor Jinfeng DU, Xi’an Jiaotong University
Particular workshop focus:
The urbanisation of China has lifted over 500 million people out of poverty in less than 30 years and led to the rise of China’s middle class. Urban population growth and climate change impact has now shifted the focus on new approaches of regeneration. By 2022, China aims to relocate over 10 million people from unhealthy slum areas, and Shaanxi Province alone will relocate 1.2 million people. The Shaanxi Land & Resources Bureau commissioned XJTU to evaluate the socioeconomic impact of this.
Sustainable urbanisation is now a priority in both countries and therefore, the workshop is very timely. Local government have indicated an interest that specific topics are to be addressed, including: Poverty alleviation through urbanisation; localising resilience strategies for brownfield sites; the circular economy; the One Belt-One Road strategy (Xi’an is the starting point of the new Silk Road); and the ageing population (by 2025, 34 percent of all Chinese will be older than 60). The interdisciplinary focus of the workshop will explore these issues in great depth.
Relevance and aims of the workshop:
Neighbourhood regeneration and inclusive growth has become the main direction for the Chinese government. Sustainable urbanisation is a research priority in China and in the UK, and this workshop will discuss and uncover the required research knowledge and expertise to support the transformative process required by Chinese cities.
The main aim of the INSIGHT workshop is to promote the international exchange of knowledge and experiences around novel theories, strategies and methods on urban regeneration, applying integrated strategies for inclusive growth, resource efficiency and urban resilience.
The applicants are experts in the field of inclusive urban regeneration and resource-efficiency.