Political Ecology of Chinese Smart Eco-cities

Linjun Xie, May Tan-Mullins, Ali Cheshmehzangi

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Smart eco-cities are urban experimental projects that seek to achieve sustainable development transition and ecological civilization in China. Initiated by national programmes, Chinese smart eco-cities are subject to influences from local, regional, national and international sociopolitical dynamics, which involve a complexity of actors with varying knowledges, interests, and powers. However, civic participation is largely absent from this complex network, and ecological modernization ideal dominates the smart eco-city development in China, which has little social and environmental concerns. This chapter advocates political ecology as both a valuable analytical tool in dissecting the multi-scalar dynamics behind current smart eco-city practices, and a fruitful alternative way to promote a more environmentally sound and socially just smart eco-development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRemaking Sustainable Urbanism
Subtitle of host publicationSpace, Scale and Governance in the New Urban Era
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9789811333507
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Social Sciences


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