Urban China talks on current research

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


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.

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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September 12Christine WongNational University of Singapore
September 26Zhan YangThe Hong Kong Polytechnic University
October 17**Toby LincolnUniversity of Leicester
October 24Li YiHohai University, Nanjing
November 07Ling MinhuaPrinceton University
November 14Huang YouqingUniversity at Albany, SUNY
November 21***Zhang FangzhuUniversity College London
November 28Julie MiaoThe University of Melbourne
December 05Lu TingtingShanghai Jiao Tong University
December 12He ZizhangXiamen 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.




Sunday, December 11, 2022