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Sustainable urban development in China

A case study on urban renewal and environmental management

Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften/Sinologie
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2, Tür 2.3, 1090 Wien


Over the last decade, the concept of sustainable development has gained increasing importance within China’s urban development. Urban(izing) China, not only catalyzes many of the country’ sustainability issues, but also constitutes the locus where novel institutional arrangements for sustainable development are tested and implemented. This paper explores new paradigms of integrated territorial management, unfolding in areas where concerns of water pollution control and remediation intersect with

objectives of urban renewal. The analysis focuses on the case of the Lihu lake basin, located in the city of Wuxi (Jiangsu province), considered by many observers at the forefront in China’s quest for sustainable urban development. In Lihu the integration of environmental management with urban planning has led to the creation of a new organizational field, revolving around the issue of sustainable development of urban areas, with distinctive regulatory, normative, and cognitive aspects. While epitomizing a case of integrated

territorial management, the experience of Lihu lake basin highlights the challenge of fostering inclusive social development in urban areas.


Institut für Ostasienwissenschaft/Sinologie, China and the Environment in the Social Sciences (CHESS)


Julia Marinaccio
Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften/Sinologie