Theme: Transportation Policy, Regional Development and Environment.
Forum Dates: May 9 - 15 2020
Where: Southwest University of Politics and Law (SWUPL), Chongqing, China
A one week, wellfunded, student forum for undergraduate students. This is an opportunity to collaborate with students from UBC and SWUPL to come together and co-create original research. With mixed-teams involving students from both universities, the forum consists of the following:
- Expert Lectures & discussions
- Group work based on different topics
- Pre-assignment to prepare for group work
- Field trips around Chongqing
- Final presentations at SWUPL
- Final individual report
Theme: Transportation Policy, Regional Development and Environment
Dr. Anming Zhang, UBC
Dr. Jie Qin, SWUPL
Transportation is growing rapidly in China, generating significant impacts on Chinese cities and regions and on environment. For instance, its high-speed rail (HSR) has seen a rapid development during the past decade, now accounting for 70% of the world's HSR network. Its annual investment on HSR is now over (US)$100 billion. China has also invested heavily in urban transit lines in its metropolitan areas. Between 2010 and 2017, the total length of subway increased from 1,167 km to 3,882 km. In 2017, the annual investment in transit lines was $70.4 billion. There are 43 cities constructing transit lines, with a total length of 6,246 km under-construction. Another example is air transportation. About 60 new airports have been constructed over the past decade, increasing the number of airports in China from 140 in 2006 to more than 229 in 2017.
Against this backdrop are the rapid urbanization and the recent Chinese government's "One belt, one road" (OBOR) initiative, as well as in 2020, the 5-year anniversary of the Paris climate accord, signatories are scheduled to update their national commitments to the UN pact. The OBOR program focuses on promoting connectivity and creating new trading routes passing through over 71 countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa. The city of Chongqing plays an important role in this OBOR initiative.
This Forum will review and critically assess these developments and their impacts on cities and regional developments and on environment. Topics include: important issues in transportation and environment (e.g., policies on electric vehicles, and developments in tradable permits and other policy measures to deal with city congestion); HSR developments; subway developments in Chongqing; mitigation and adaptation policies in transportation to deal with climate change; and OBOR. The experiences and policies in Canada, the US and Europe are also discussed and compared.