Prof. François Gipouloux is the co-ordinator of the UrbaChina project. He is a senior researcher at the CNRS and received his doctorate from the EHESS in 1981. His research covers the dynamics of urbanisation in China, and the comparative analysis of economic institutions and business practices in Europe and Asia from the 13th to 19th centuries.

Publications: (2011) The Asian Mediterranean: Port Cities and Trading Networks in China, Japan and Southeast Asia, 13th-21st Century, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Pub.




Prof. Peter Daniels is a member of the Services and Enterprise Research Unit (SERU) in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science, University of Birmingham. He has undertaken research on the growth and location of advanced services and their role in urban and economic development in the regions and cities of Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific and their involvement in the processes of globalisation and international trade.

Publications: Reconfiguring the global service economy? The case of the BRICs, in Cuadrado-Roura, J. R. (ed.) Service Industries and Regions. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 135-155.




Prof. Du Debin teaches economic geography at East China Normal University, is the head of the Department of Urban and Regional Economics and the vice director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning, as well as the editor in chief of the Journal of World Regional Studies. His research focuses primarily on urban and regional development, especially on R&D activities and China‘s urban innovation.

Publications: with Sun Yifei and Huang Li. Foreign R&D in developing countries: Empirical evidence from Shanghai‚ China‚ China Review‚ Vol. 6‚ No. 1‚ 67-91.




Prof. Li Shantong is a senior research fellow and the former director general of the Department of Development Strategy and Regional Economy of Development Research Center (DRC) of the State Council. She is also vice president of the Academic Committee of the China Development Research Foundation. She studied mathematics at Peking University, graduating in 1968 with a B.A., and in 1981 with an M.S.

Publications: (2004) China and WTO: Accession, Policy Reform, and Poverty Reduction Strategy, one of Chief Editors and authors, Oxford: Oxford University Press




Prof. Ni Pengfei is Director of the Center for City and Competitiveness at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He is also a visiting professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and Southeast University. He had been employed as an expert on small and medium enterprises at the United Nations Development Programme.

Publication: (2011) The Global Urban Competitiveness Report. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Pub.




Prof. Liu Weidong, teaches economic geography at the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Major areas of interest include regional development and urbanisation issues in China; global production network and trade; spatial implications of new information and communication technologies; and local and regional sustainable development.

Publications: (2009) Where is the bridge? Progress in Human Geography, 33(1):7-9. 




Andrea Ricci received his engineering degree from École Centrale (Paris, France) in 1977. He is vice president of ISIS (Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems), an independent research and consultancy partnership based in Rome, Italy. During his time with ISIS, Andrea has led major EU research efforts and innovative studies in the fields of Sustainability Policy analysis and impact assessment, technology assessment and scenario building.

Projects: Overall Rapporteur of the EC Working Group “Global Europe 2030-2050”, devising and building worldwide scenarios for 2050.




Prof. Olivia Bina is a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences (University of Lisbon). She is a political scientist and geographer, and her research focuses on environmental governance theory and mechanisms, as well as conceptions of progress, growth and sustainability. She has worked in the field of policy analysis, governance mechanisms, and institutional capacity building, for transport and economic development, in Europe, Latin America and China.

Publications: with Xu, H., Brown, A. L., Partidário, M. (Eds.). Review of Practice and Prospects for SEA in China. [Special Issue]. Environmental Impact Assessment Review. 6 (31).




Prof. Ma Zhong is dean of the School of Environment and Natural ResourcesRenmin University, as well as the director to Beijing Environment and Development Institute and a senior advisor to the China Ministry of Environmental Protection. He specialises in the economic aspects of environmental issues and teaches environment economics and policies.  He is the leading scholar in China in researching and implementing environmental economics and market based instruments of environmental management.

Publications: with Xie Jian. (2008) Addressing China’s Water Scarcity: Recommendations for Selected Water Resource Management Issues[R]. Washington D.C: the World Bank.




Prof. Stephan Feuchtwang is a professor in the Anthropology Department of the London School of Economics. He designed and taught the School’s MSc China in Comparative Perspective for five years until 2011. More recently he has published his and others’ research on making place in cities and villages and his own observations of the urbanisation of a Chinese village.

Publications: (2009). Civilisation and temporalities: examples from China. Zhongguo Renleixue Pinglun (Chinese Review of Anthropology), 12 pp. 38-52.