1st Edition

Changing Asian Urban Geographies Urbanism and Peripheral Areas

Edited By Fulong Wu, Roger Keil Copyright 2023

    This book investigates changing geographies of fast growing Asian metropolitan regions, in particular their peripheral areas.

    Through examining the intersection of global suburbanisation and Asian urbanism, the book depicts a complex (sub)urban world in Asia. It explains how the forces of globalisation, the logic of capital accumulation, and the history of rural-urban divide and interaction, path-dependent local institutions, and government policies work together to reshape the geographies of Asian urbanism. Touching on social, environmental, governance and planning aspects of contemporary urban Asia, the chapters in this volume provide grounded studies of residential relocation and changing rural settlements, property development by a congregation of developers, political ecologies of water provision, middle-class consumers, and local state agencies, transit-oriented development and infrastructure finance in peri-urban areas. It demonstrates an assemblage of actors and coexistence of multiple urban governance regimes with everyday negotiations.

    Changing Asian Urban Geographies will be interesting not only to those who wish to know more about Asian urban geographies but also to scholars and students wishing to see Asian metropolises in a comparative perspective of (sub)urban dynamics. The chapters in this book were originally published in Urban Geography.

    Introduction—Changing the geographies of sub/urban theory: Asian perspectives

    Fulong Wu and Roger Keil

    1. The assemblage and making of suburbs in post-reform China: the case of Guangzhou

    Zhigang Li, Yanyan Chen and Rong Wu

    2. Paving the way to growth: transit-oriented development as a financing instrument for Shanghai’s post-suburbanization

    Jie Shen and Fulong Wu

    3. Middling urbanism: the megacity and the kampung

    Abidin Kusno

    4. Water scarce or water abundant? the case of Can Tho, Vietnam

    Sarah Allen

    5. Urbanizing the periphery: infrastructure funding and local growth coalition in China’s peasant relocation programs

    Yue Du

    6. Cities in a world of villages: agrarian urbanism and the making of India’s urbanizing frontiers

    Shubhra Gururani

    7. A New Delhi every day: multiplicities of governance regimes in a transforming metropolis

    Seth Schindler


    Fulong Wu holds the Bartlett Professorship of Planning at University College London, UK. His research interests include urban development in China and its social and sustainable challenges. He is currently working on a European Research Council Advanced Grant on China’s urban governance. His latest book is Creating Chinese Urbanism: Urban Revolution and Governance Changes (2022). In 2022, Wu co-edited the volume After Suburbia: Urbanization in the 21st Century with Roger Keil.

    Roger Keil is Professor of Environmental and Urban Change at York University in Toronto, Canada. Researching global suburbanization, urban political ecology, cities and infectious disease, and regional governance, Keil is the author of Suburban Planet (2018), co-author, with S.Harris Ali and Creighton Connolly, of Pandemic Urbanism (2022), and co-editor, with Xuefei Ren, of The Globalizing Cities Reader (Routledge 2017). Keil also co-edited the volume After Suburbia: Urbanization in the 21st Century with Fulong Wu (2022).