A conceptual framework on modes of governance for the regeneration of Chinese ‘villages in the city’

Yanliu Lin*, Pu HAO, Stan Geertman

*Corresponding author for this work

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China’s rapid urbanisation has created a special form of urban built environment known as ‘village in the city’ (ViC). Various governance approaches have been applied to redevelop ViCs, which are prevalent in big cities. However, owing to the specific conditions of ViCs and the diverse contexts of urban development within and across cities, those approaches remain largely case-specific and are hampered by a lack of guiding principles. This article presents a framework on modes of governance to understand the choice of and the differences between modes of governance as well as their positive and negative consequences for the regeneration of ViCs. Case studies of various types of ViC regeneration practices in Guangzhou and Shenzhen are used to illustrate the framework’s application. The article concludes that new modes of governance that are interactive, inclusive and collaborative are called for to achieve the sustainable regeneration of ViCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1774-1790
Number of pages17
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies

User-Defined Keywords

  • community
  • modes of governance
  • planning
  • regeneration practices
  • villages in the city


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