Cities are places of social innovation and engines of economic growth. However, they are often also social hotspots where social integration is directly linked with economic prosperity. This is true for cities in Europe and China but especially relevant for China. The country is rapidly transitioning from a less urban to a more urbanised society. One of the greatest challenges Chinese urbanisation is facing is how to best design and turn cities into socially integrative and sustainable environments.
On this background, TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA aimed to help policy makers, urban authorities, real estate developers, public service providers and citizens in China to create socially integrative cities in an environmentally friendly and financially viable way. Moreover, it aimed at helping urban stakeholders in Europe to increase their knowledge about urban development in China and to reflect their own approaches towards sustainable urbanisation.
In order to fulfil these objectives, TRANS-URBAN-EUCHINA developed a systematic knowledge base on experiences regarding socially integrative cities in Europe and China, and made key results publicly available as a book. Furthermore, the project consortium provided a compendium of respective tested tools and measures to support the transition towards socially integrative cities. Finally, related recommendations were elaborated.
During the duration of the project (01.01.2018-30.06.2021), the TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA consortium, coordinated by the lead-partner institution TU Dresden, conducted the following activities:
The topics which are covered by the products of the project, are related to the following subjects:
The findings from TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA were discussed with representatives of a large number of cities and a wider stakeholder community in Europe and China. Policy briefs, guidelines, and good practice examples for the development of socially integrative cities and for strengthening transformative processes were developed and disseminated in Europe and China.
Policy oriented government institutions and high-ranking research institutions in China, such as CAUPD, CCUD, CASTED, CAS, THSA and CIUC, have participated in the project. They have direct influence on decision-making and further research. Major products of the project are available in English and Chinese, and they specifically address a Chinese audience. It can be expected that through these organisations and their networks project results will have considerable impact.
In Europe, EUROCITIES has had an active role as a partner in the project. The European Policy Briefs have provided policy relevant knowledge for the European Commission. It is related to recent trends in sustainable urbanisation in China and social integration in cities. Moreover, the research cooperation experience between European and Chinese partners is reflected.
Results and recommendations have been discussed in a Policy Round Table with representatives from various General Directorates of the European Commission. It is hoped that the results of these discussion will nurture future research cooperation between the European Union and China.