Governing the Urban in China and India



Urbanization is rapidly overtaking China and India, the two most populous countries in the world. One-sixth of humanity now lives in either a Chinese or Indian city. This transformation has unleashed enormous pressures on land use, housing, and the environment. Despite the stakes, the workings of urban governance in China and India remain obscure and poorly understood. Xuefei Ren will talk about her book Governing the Urban in China and India (Princeton University Press, 2020), and discuss how the different styles of governance in the two countries have produced inequality and exclusion.


Xuefei Ren is an associate professor of sociology and global urban studies at Michigan State University. Her work focuses on urban development, governance, architecture, and the built environment in global perspective. She is the author of Governing the Urban in China and India (Princeton University Press, 2020), Urban China (Polity Press, 2013), and Building Globalization: Transnational Architecture Production in Urban China (University of Chicago Press, 2011). She received her MA in urban planning from Tokyo Metropolitan University and PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago. She is a Public Intellectual Fellow on the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

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