The MEDIUM project brings together European and Chinese entities (research centres, universities and companies) which work on sustainable urban development in China. Focusing on three medium-sized cities, Hangzhou, Zhuhai and Datong, the project aims to study the socio-economic dynamics of urban areas, which are traditionally overlooked by scholars.
MEDIUM gathers researchers with very different backgrounds and interests, among which urban governance, strategic planning, urban mobility, inclusion of migrants, ICT or networks of multinational corporations.
Applying various approaches and methodologies, the project will contribute to better understand urban development dynamics in Chinese medium-sized cities so as to inform decision-makers and economic actors.
In the context of MEDIUM, young researchers who work or wish to become experts on China benefit from a mobility scheme to live and conduct their work in Hangzhou, Zhuhai and Datong for several months. Moreover, among the key actions of the project, the consortium organises several scientific events per year and pilot participative planning exercises in the three cities.
The expected outcome will also include a series of publications and co-publications by the consortium team and the development of several cooperation agreements between the members of the consortium.
MEDIUM is led by CNRS, hosted by Géographie-cités and co-financed by the European Union.
In addition to the CNRS the consortium of the project is comprised of Hangzhou Normal University, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia, l’Institut d’Etude Politique d’Aix-en-Provence, Spatial Foresight GMBH, Université de Lausanne, Université de Neuchâtel, Sun Yat-sen University and Shanxi Datong University.
Géographie-cités’ staffs involved in the project are:
Natacha Aveline-Dubach, Scientific coordinator from Septembre 2015 to December 2017, then beneficiary of a mobility scheme for 6 months
Lena Sanders, Scientific coordinator from December 2017 to August 2018
Florent Resche-Rigon, Project manager
Denise Pumain, Member of the Scientific Committee
Iraklis Argyriou Postdoctoral researcher, beneficiary of a mobility scheme for 12 months (2015-2016)
Cosmo Antonio Ignazzi, Postdoctoral researcher, beneficiary of a mobility scheme for 12 months (2015-2016)
Juste Raimbault, PhD student, beneficiary of a mobility scheme (2016-2017)
Cinzia Losario, PhD student, beneficiary of a mobility scheme (2016-2018)