The Urban China Initiative aims to be the source of the best and most innovative solutions to urban development issues in China. To achieve this goal, UCI undertakes projects to assess the effectiveness of initiatives and technologies related to urban development; to examine emerging domestic and global best practices in project design, development and execution; and to identify the factors necessary for successful structural adjustment in China’s cities.
The Urban Sustainability Index, the first tool to systematically evaluate and compare sustainable development in over 100 cities in China, was first released in 2011 and is updated annually. Related to this project, UCI is working with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) to develop an Urban Indicator System that will assess the pace and quality of China’s urbanization and will inform the drafting of the NDRC’s long-term urban policy plan. UCI has also initiated programs examining the development of megaregions in China as well as the social and economic standing and integration of migrants to China’s cities.
UCI also has a grant program to support research concerning China’s urban development and sustainability. Read more about UCI’s grant program.