CEME Fellow Weiping Wu is a professor of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University. A respected urban specialist and China scholar, she has served as a consultant to the World Bank, a fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and a research fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is the (co)author and co-editor of four books, including Pioneering Economic Reform in China's Special Economic Zones, The Dynamics of Urban Growth in Three Chinese Cities, Local Dynamics in a Globalizing World, and Facets of Globalization: International and Local Dimensions of Development. The review linked below discusses a new book by Professor Wu (co-authored with Professor Piper Gaubatz) entitled The Chinese City, to be published by Routledge this summer.
The Chinese City fills a critical gap in current scholarship related to the rapid and complex process of urbanization in China, taking a unique spatial science approach (with a focus on geography, urban studies, urban planning and environmental studies) in comparison to the much more common political and economic approach taken by the majority of researchers. By grounding the research in history and geography, The Chinese City also provides a counterpoint to the largely Eurocentric approach in much of urban theory.
Read the complete review here.