Real Estate and Planning Research Informs The Global Urban Competitiveness Report 2017
5 September 2017
Real Estate and Planning Research informs The Global Urban Competitiveness Report 2017
The Global Urban Competitiveness Report is published biannually following the launch of the Global Urban Competitiveness Project in 2005, which comprises global urban experts and is co-ordinated by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the National Academy of Economics Strategy. Over the years, the Project has created a concise indicator system and evaluation methodology which has resulted in it becoming a world-renowned brand in city-related academic research. The Project’s most recent report has just been published and the second part of the report details new developments in the urban development and inter-city connections between cities along the Silk Road.
Chapter 14 (The Conjunction of Networked Agglomeration and Location Factor in Chinese Cities: Taking FDI and Domestic Investment as an Example) is co-authored by Shuai Shi (Henley Business School at the University of Reading) Ronald Wall (Erasmus University of Rotterdam) and Professor Kathy Pain (Henley Business School at the University of Reading). The chapter examines the networking and clustering effects of Chinese cities in a systemic way by focusing on foreign direct investment and domestic investment. With a predicted 64.1 and 85% of the developing and developed world respectively being urbanised by 2050, this work is timely; it proposes tentative policy recommendations, underpinned by network research, which articulates the development patterns and driving mechanisms of FDI and DI in China. This is an example of one of a number of research areas within the Real Estate and Planning Department which has an international focus.