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Commentaries by Guo Chen

Guo Chen

Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center

Guo Chen is a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, and an Associate Professor of Geography and Global Urban Studies at Michigan State University. She has published extensively on China’s urbanization and inequality, urban poverty, housing, migration, and environmental issues. She has also led an NGS-funded documentary project on recycling slums in China, among a number of other projects. Her articles have appeared in Scientific Reports, PLoS ONE, Environment and Planning A, Urban Studies, Cities, and a number of other journals. She is co-editor of Locating Right to the City in the Global South (Routledge 2013) and “Interrogating unequal rights to the Chinese city” (Special Issue). She had also given TV interviews.
  • Jun 22, 2018

    China’s decision to ban waste imports has exposed the deep structural flaws and interdependencies that support the global waste-management system. Western countries who have long depended on China as a destination for their garbage are straining to accommodate their own waste, while China struggles to find the labor to effectively sort and process waste amidst a “low-end population” crisis.

  • Jan 18, 2018

    Chinese cities have developed rapidly and this pace would not have been possible without relocating/displacing large numbers of both urban natives and migrants. Over the past decades, millions of such people have been mobilized to leave their original communities for the express purpose of making way for the new structures and amenities necessary for a modern city life.

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