December 5, 2022

Urban China talks: Collaborative Neighborhood Governance & COVID

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The MIT/UBC/Harvard Urban China Talk Series is an internationally recognized seminar that hosts as speakers and in the audience many from the interdisciplinary community of scholars studying urban China, both those studying China from afar and those working within China.

Mark your calendars and join us for an exciting line-up of urban China talks this fall!  


Collaborative Neighborhood Governance
During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tingting Lu, ​Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Monday, December 5, 5:30pm PST

The COVID-19 pandemic is a governance challenge for nations and cities across the world. While early observations have primarily focused on nation-scale government actions, our research shows that neighborhood social capital also plays a key role in Chinese neighborhoods. Drawing from collaborative governance theory, we examine the horizontal and hierarchical dynamics of neighborhood governance collaboration during crisis responses in urban China. Using a large-scale questionnaire survey of frontline community workers conducted in six Chinese cities in February 2020, we find that from the perspective of residents’ committees, the effectiveness of collaborative governance in pandemic control is predicted by both neighborhood social capital (i.e. civic engagement and citizen participation) and hierarchical steering by the government through setting policy priorities and providing support. We also surveyed residents for their opinions on neighborhood collaborative governance post pandemic. Social capital presents opposite correlations to one’s collaboration with a residents’ committee and collaboration with a private management company. 

Tingting Lu is an Associate Professor at School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Her research focuses on neighborhood governance and housing development in urban China. Recently she has also worked on gated communities, social segregation, and neighborhood attachment, and has published in leading journals in urban studies and geography, including Urban Studies, Urban Geography, and Geoforum. 

More about Urban China talks

Generally, the format is a focused 30 to 45 minute presentation, followed by approximately 30 minutes of Q&A. After the formal Q&A, speakers typically stay on to chat with any interested participants, especially the many graduate students conducting dissertation research on Chinese cities who join our sessions from institutions around the world.

This academic year, we are meeting on Mondays at 8:30 pm in the evening Boston time so as to be accessible for participants in China as well as in western North America.

The speaker series is made possible due to the generous sponsorship  of the MIT Sustainable Urbanization Lab, the Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning. 


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  • Mondays 5:30pm (Vancouver time) / 8:30 pm (Boston time) /
  • Tuesdays 8:30 am (Beijing time) thru October 24th / 9:30 am (Beijing time) thereafter


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December 05 Lu Tingting Shanghai Jiao Tong University
December 12 He Zizhang Xiamen Urban Planning & Design Institute
This event series is made possible due to the generous support of the MIT Sustainable Urbanization Lab, the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC, and the Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.

Date & Time

Mon, December 5

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