Sustainable Urban Ecosystems in China

Full Title

Synthesis to link understanding, planning, and management of urban ecosystems in China


The goals of this Pursuit are to establish a knowledge base and related investigator network for co-development of research questions and applications of urban ecology to metropolitan design and planning in China. This Pursuit will synthesize current knowledge in urban ecology related to the sustainability of cities with knowledge of ecological functions and patterns, and human population distributions and trends in China.

This synthesis will allow project participants to:

  • characterize and summarize the relevance of existing knowledge about urban ecology and the sustainability of cities for metropolitan design and planning in China;
  • anticipate key challenges to ecological wealth related to the urbanization of China;
  • anticipate the efficacy of knowledge of urban ecology and sustainability for managing and building ecological wealth in China;
  • identify research methods and questions that could be pursued iteratively through international collaboration in concert with ongoing metropolitan planning, design, development, and management applications in China;
  • provoke innovation in metropolitan design and planning policy and applications; and
  • contribute knowledge of urban ecology and sustainability to affect ecological design and planning of cities globally with special relevance to the developing world.

Urban ecologists, landscape ecologists, geographers, and ecological designers and planners who work in China, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australia will collaborate in this Pursuit, which will alternate meetings at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) with a key workshop in Shanghai, sponsored by Shanghai Key Lab for Urban Ecological Processes and Eco-Restoration (SHUES).


Project Type
Team Synthesis Project
Principal Investigators
Wei-Ning Xiang, East China Normal University
Daniel Abramson, University of Washington
Jack Ahern, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Qiuling Chen, University of Michigan
Xueming Chen, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dan Childers, Arizona State University
He Chunyang, Beijing Normal University
Kurt Culbertson, Design Workshop
Ji Han, East China Normal University
Joanna Lehrman, University of Michigan
Dihua Li, Peking University
Jianwei Li, EDSA Orient
Min Liu, East China Normal University
Feixiong Luo, East China Normal University
Xiaowei Ma, AGER Group
Mark McDonnell, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Brian McGrath, The New School
Steward Pickett, LTER Baltimore Ecosystem Study, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Puay Yok Tan, National University of Singapore
Kai Wang, Shanghai Key Lab for Urban Ecological Processes and Eco-Restoration (SHUES)
Zhifang Wang, Peking University
Jennifer Wolch. UC Berkeley
Jianguo Wu, Arizona State University
Wentao Yan, University of Chongqing
Fang Yang, East China Normal University
Chunyan Zhang, Johnson Fain
Qiuzhuo Zhang, Shanghai Key Lab for Urban Ecological Processes and Eco-Restoration (SHUES)
Tao Zhang, Sasaki Associates
Weiqi Zhou, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Xiang Zhou, East China Normal University

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