‘Do fast changes need quick solutions? The challenges of urbanisation in China’, a talk by Dr James Cheng

Do fast changes need quick solutions? The challenges of urbanisation in China. A talk by Dr. James Cheng on Thursday 25th May at 18:00 in E0.32, John Dalton building. (Refreshments available from 17:30).

Urbanisation is one of the many concerns for governments at a variety of levels, particularly since projections indicate that 66% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. Massive changes stimulated by rapid urbanisation, particularly in developing countries, have been challenging academia as well as policy and planning practice, with issues such as environmental degradation and social and spatial inequalities, which are threatening human well-being globally.

In this lecture, Jianquan (James) Cheng, with over 20 years’ experience in researching Chinese cities and regions, will outline these unprecedented urban changes and discuss the emerging challenges for urban analyses, with a focus on China in the global east.

James Cheng has a BSc in computational mathematics and applied software (Shandong University, China), a MSc in GIS (geographic information system) for Urban Applications (Twente University, the Netherlands) and PhD in Human Geography and Planning (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) and is now a Reader of Urban Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Working as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Amsterdam, he developed a new methodology for supporting sustainable regional transport system by proposing new measurements of accessibility. Particularly the urban growth modelling methods proposed by him as an associate professor at Wuhan University have been widely applied in many countries. Since being at Manchester Metropolitan from 2006, he has been studying the urban analytics and urbanisation in China through the uses of GIS and Big Data.

Refreshments will be available from 17:30 in Manchester Metropolitan’s John Dalton building, with the talk beginning in Lecture Theatre E0.32 at 18:00. This will last around one hour and will include time for audience questions. The event will finish with a drinks reception and further discussion.

Attendance to this event is free of charge, however we do ask that you book tickets in advance at http://urbanisationinchina.eventbrite.co.uk/

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