Flagship research projects are organized and led by UCI, which works closely with public and private organizations and think tanks. UCI also cooperates with its specific partners to provide customized consulting services.
1. China's Urbanization Indicator System
This project, one of the three research projects entrusted by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), is completed by the Urban China Initiative (UCI) and the Department of Development Planning (DDP) at the NDRC. It is designed to build, by referring to international experience, a comprehensive urbanization indicator system that is focused on assessing the quality of China's urbanization, in an attempt to comprehensively and effectively assess the level of China's urbanization and the sustainability of Chinese cities, and provide support and basis for the compilation of the National New Urbanization Plan.
2. Policy on Urban Citizenship of Chinese Migrants
This project, also one of the three research projects entrusted by the NDRC, is designed to propose a series of policy suggestions on employment and training, housing, education of offspring, social security, household registration, and community integration of migrant workers as well as cost sharing of urban citizenship of migrant workers, by drawing on the experience of destinations and origins of migrant workers as well as relevant international experience, so as to provide a research foundation for the compilation of the National New Urbanization Plan.
3. Research on Mega Regions
This project, also one of the three research projects entrusted by the NDRC, is completed by the UCI in partnership with the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR) at CAS. This project reviews the relevant research and practices on major mega regions in the world, identifies challenges and solutions in the development of mega regions, proposes mega regions that could be possibly formed in the future in China as well as strategies and related policies to promote the development of mega regions. It is also a fundamental research project for the compilation of the National New Urbanization Plan.
4. 2020 Development Strategy for New Urbanization in Guangzhou
This project is entrusted by Guangzhou Municipal Development and Reform Commission. Given the advancement of new urbanization by the central government, and the basic advantages and disadvantages of Guangzhou in promoting urbanization, this project sums up hands-on experience of Guangzhou in pushing ahead with urban citizenship of migrant workers in an orderly manner, optimization of urbanization layout and format, enhancement of city sustainability and promotion of integrated rural-urban development, analyzes its advantages and the challenges it faces, and proposes suggestions on relevant policies.
5. Urban Financing
Lack of funds, especially those used by local governments for the construction and development of cities, is one of the major bottlenecks in the promotion of China's urbanization. This project is designed to analyze the debt risks faced by Chinese local governments and provide many possible urban financing models for city construction in the process of urbanization. It analyzes the existing financing system established by city governments in China and problems they face, highlights experience of Chinese city governments and case studies regarding financing models, identifies the financing demands of Chinese local governments and possible financing models for infrastructures, indemnification housing and industry parks and studies relevant cases, and provides suggestions on improving local governments' financial position and enhancing market-based financing channels of urban projects.
6. CFLD's "People-first" Urbanization System: Research on Industry-City Integration in Gu'an Industry Park
This project is entrusted by China Fortune Land Development Co., Ltd (CFLD). Given the opportunities and challenges arising from the advancement of new urbanization strategy by the central government to industry parks surrounding large cities, this project surveys the demands of different tribes including the owner, employees, relocated farmers and entrepreneurs in Gu'an Industry Park, and proposes a "Red Star" system for CFLD to promote the industry-city integration in the industry park and supporting programs for public services and life, in terms of education, medical care, transportation, training and transitional housing.