Postdoctoral researcher Linjun Xie reveals what an eco-island on the outskirts of Shanghai taught her about sustainable development in China
What is your research area? I study urban sustainability and environmental governance at Durham University, UK, although I’ve been home in China throughout the pandemic.
In recent decades, rural areas close to megacities such as Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen have been absorbed into city development plans. Chongming is one such rural area, made up of three islands in the mouth of the Yangtze River, northeast of Shanghai. The Chongming Eco-Island Project is a municipal government scheme intended to be a model for more environmentally sustainable urban development in China.