China’s big cities have been developing with an astonishingly high speed in the recent decades in economy, society, international influence, etc. Nevertheless, within some of them, in particular, those located in the Pearl River Delta area (e.g. Shenzhen, Guangzhou), certain urban spaces failed to catch up with the booming, and thus have been gradually marginalized in many respects and consequently become “marginalized spaces”. Such marginalized spaces (e.g. urban villages, old industrial districts, etc.) are to a big city what sores are to a human body. They can be stumbling stocks in the process of sustainable development of cities. However, the phenomena of marginalization seem to be unfamiliar to the common people who are prone to focus their attention on the rapid urbanization and economy development, with this urban marginalization problem hiding under the effects of rapid development. Besides, notwithstanding some researchers did notice and study this problem, most of their researches were based on the theory of sociology and conducted qualitatively.

This research, based on the theories of urban planning, economics and geography, aims to highlight the phenomena of marginalized urban spaces, and throw light on the causes, then figure out certain reasonable solutions, combining qualitative and quantitative methods.

Advisors: Dr Jiangping Zhou

Project members

Jixiang Liu

Jixiang Liu

PhD candidate