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County Territory & Development under the New Urbanisation Perspective(NanJing 2014.11 )

China’s new leaders have launched the strategy of New Urbanisation, symbolizing the departure from land-centered urban development and investment-oriented urbanisation to a form of people-oriented and public-service-provision-oriented urbanisation. This is part of the central government’s effort of new round of political-economic reform, aiming to pursue development in a scientific way, promote social harmony, and improve the people's lives.


Whereas the cities, especially the large cities, have been the locomotives of economic growth and social transformation in the past three decades of reform and opening and hence overwhelmed the attention of both the governments and academic discussion of urbanization in China, under the perspective of New Urbanization, the county territory (which generally means the agricultural territory around very much rural towns or small cities) and development deserves a recurrent central position in research and policy. Chinese ancient wisdom says that “the stability and development of county service as the basic for the stable and sustained development of the whole country”. Actually, before the adoption of reform and opening policy, county was once believed to be the main ground for development and urbanization by the government. China’s macro urbanization strategy, namely Urbanization Guideline (CHENGSHIHUA FANGZHEN, 1980), had been favoring small cities and towns until the reform. Nonetheless, the newly initiated New Urbanisation stresses again the important role of towns and small cities rather than the mega-cities in the development. However, compared with the era before the reform, tremendous changes in macro economic, societal and political environments have been taken place and the county territories themselves are also fundamentally different. There are therefore a series of questions raised for governments and scholars: what is the position of county territory in the process of New Urbanisation, what are the key issues for the development of county territory, how to facilitate those developments and in which what the role that urban planning plays, etc. just naming a few. To make proper policies and initiate appropriate strategies necessitate a deeper understanding and broader knowledge on county territory and development.

The conference would like to bring together all the knowledge and expertise from domestic scholars and practitioners and expert abroad, including the successful or even unsuccessful lessons globally. We also specially welcome the discussion leading to constructive contribution to planning methods and theoretical reflections.


To be concrete, the conference will discuss but not be limited to the following topics of interest:

Industrial development in county region

Coordination of urban-rural development in county region

Innovations for governance pattern in county region to facilitate integrated urban-rural development

Urban and rural culture Inheritance and the shaping of countryside landscape

Establishment of regional infrastructure and public facility systems in county region

Improvement of quality of life in county region

Environmental issues in county region

International and domestic successful experience/failed lessons for county region development


Selected papers presented at the Conference will appear in the Conference Proceedings. Excellent ones of the selected papers may also be published in the Journal of Urban Planning International, Journal of Nanjing University and Urban and Regional Planning Review. 



Academic Committee of Foreign Studies in Urban Planning

Editorial Board of Journal of Urban Planning International

Sino-French Centre for Urban, Regional and Planning Studies of Nanjing University



China Academy of Urban Planning and Design

Department of Urban Planning and Design of Nanjing University

Institution of Urban Planning and Design of Nanjing University


CONFERENCE LOCATION: Nanjing University  



September 30, 2014: Full paper submission deadline

October 31, 2014: Notice for the acceptance of full paper

November 28: Registration and preconference meeting and activity

November 29-30: The conference



You can [J1] directly send your paper to the following email address: or You will be informed whether your paper is accepted before October 31, 2014 via email.



You can request registration form by sending email to or, the registration to this conference should be done before November 15th.[J2] 



? A4 paper

? Times New Roman typeface in 11 point pitch

? Single spacing

? 4000-6000 words total, including figures, tables, references, and appendices

? Text should be justified across whole page width



The covering page of the manuscript should only contain the following, and in the order specified below:

? The title of the paper

? The name(s) of the authors(s)

? His/her/their institutional affiliation(s)

? An abstract of up to 150 words

? Up to five keywords



Jay WU

Academic Committee of Foreign Studies in Urban Planning, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design

West Chegongzhuang Road 5, Beijing, China. Post code: 100044

Email: /Telephone: 86 10 58322218/ Fax: 86 10 58322210


Jianxi FENG

Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Nanjing University

Hankou Road 22, Nanjing, China. Post code: 210093

Email: 86 25 83686002/ Fax: 86 25 83686002 

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