LOGIICCS

LOGIICCS Project -Supported by FNS 2015-2018

Likelihood of Orientations of the Global Integration of Indian and Chinese Cities’ Systems

Prof. Celine Rozenblat, Univ. Lausanne celine.rozenblat@unil.ch

Dr. Elfie Swerts, Univ. Lausanne elfie.swerts@unil.ch

Mehdi Bida, PhD Student, Univ. Lausanne, mehdi.bida@unil.ch

Summary:

Chinese and Indian growth in term of demography and economic development was the most explosive in the world at the end of the 20th century. This rapid growth not only affects their proper territories and economies, but as well through economic networks, it transforms directly and indirectly the whole world urban and economic systems. Thus, increasing knowledge about the possible futures of these two urban systems and developing a better understanding of the conditions for a more balanced urban development, are a major issue for all the cities and territories of the world.

The aim of this research is to assess the dynamic peculiarities of Chinese and Indian urbanization during the last four decades in order to develop different scenarios in simulation models that will explore their possible future developments and changing positions in the world system. Starting in a first step to consolidate urban standardized databases, the work program enables to specify in a second step, the originality of the urban processes and the structure and dynamics of systems of cities in these two countries, through a rigorous comparison of urban growth and socio-economic profiles trajectories with the insertion of each city inside economic and innovative global networks built by multinational firms and collaborations for patents. The evolution trends observed at different points in time since the 1960s will be analyzed from a solid theoretical background on urban system dynamics. This will serve as a benchmark to assess the potential changes brought by the recent enlarged integration in the globalization due to the development of multinational networks. Because of the availability of information, we shall analyze these evolutions of multinational firms’ networks and patents collaborations between 2000 and 2016 (including 3 intermediary dates). In a third step, generic and adapted simulation models will be designed to evaluate the possible consequences of Chinese and Indian cities’ participation to global systems on the future trends of their own development in the whole worldwide urban system.

Papers in progress:

  • Rozenblat C. & Swerts E. Related variety of the Chinese medium-size cities in their integration in Multinational firms networks (2010-2016)
  • Swerts E. & Rozenblat C. Comparing Chinese and Indian cities in the regionalization of world cities by multinational firms’ networks (2010-2016)

Conferences:

  • Bida M., Rozenblat C. & Swerts E. (2017) Modeling hierarchy and specialization of a system of cities as a result of the dynamics of firms’ interactions, The European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography, York, UK, 7-11 September 2017.
  • Rozenblat C. & Swerts E. (2017) “Related variety of the Chinese medium-size cities in their integration in Multinational firms networks (2010-2016)”, IGU Urban Geography Commission annual meeting, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil – 6th -13th August 2017
  • Swerts E. & Rozenblat C. (2017) Comparing Chinese and Indian cities in the regionalization of world cities by multinational firms’ networks (2010-2016), IGU Urban Geography Commission annual meeting, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil – 6th -13th August 2017
  • Rozenblat C., Swerts E. et Ignazzi C.A. (2016) “The integration of medium-size Chinese cities in the globalized world: the profile integration of Zhuhai”, MEDIUM consortium meeting and public conference, Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China, 15 Decembre 2015
  • Rozenblat C. et Swerts, E. (2016), The integration of medium-size Chinese cities in the globalized world: the profile integration of Zhuhai, Sun Yat Sen univ., China, Nov. 28 2016
  • Rozenblat C. et Swerts, E. (2016), “Integration of Chinese cities in the regionalization of world cities by multinational firms’ networks (2010-2013) “, Beijing University of Economy and Finance, Beijing, China, Sept 3th 2016
  • Swerts E., Ignazzi C.A et Rozenblat C. (2016) Chinese medium cities’ integration to the global economy by multinational firms (2010-2013), MEDIUM consortium meeting and public conference, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, China, 24 Juin 2016
  • Rozenblat C. Swerts E. (2016) Chinese Relay Cities In The Regionalisation Of World Cities Networks Of Multinational Firms (2010 – 2013), MEDIUM consortium meeting and public conference, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, China, 24 Juin 2016
  • Swerts E., Denis E. et Mukhopadyahay P. (2016, “The Indian system of cities: diffuse urbanization with exclusionary urbanism ? “, IGC – International Geographical Congress, Beijing, 21 – 25 Août 2016
  • Swerts E. et Liao L. (2016) “The Chinese urban system: between multi-level political evolution and economic transition”, IGC – International Geographical Congress, Beijing, 21 – 25 Août 2016
  • Ignazzi C.A., Swerts E. et Rozenblat C. (2016) “Chinese medium cities’ integration to the global economy by multinational firms (2010-2013)”, IGC – International Geographical Congress, Beijing, 21 – 25 Août 2016
  • Rozenblat C. et Swerts, E. (2016), “Relay Cities In The Regionalisation Of World Cities Networks Of Multinational Firms (2010 – 2013)”, 2016 IGU Urban Commission Meeting – Shanghai, 15-21 Août 2016
  • Swerts, E. (2015) “Scaling laws in Chinese urban system in light of harmonized data”, Satellite: TIMES: Territorial Intelligence for Multilevel Equity and Sustainability, CCS 15 Phoenix, Conference of complex systems, 28 sept-4oct 2015
  • Rozenblat C. Swerts E. (2015) MEDIUM consortium meeting and public conference, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, China, 15 Decembre 2015

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