Housing in Urban China: Policies, Practices and Comparative Approaches

Atelier co-organisé par Sciences Po-CERI, en Sciences Po-CEE et Sciences-Po Urban School.

Responsables scientifiques : Jean Louis Rocca et Patrick Le Galès.

Participation de deux membres du CCJ-CECMC :

  • Emmanuel Caron (doctorant EHESS), vendredi 14 juin, 10.45 – 12.15 | Session E: Chinese migrants in Paris/in Beijing
  • Françoise Ged (Cité de l’architecture, associée CECMC), vendredi 14 juin, 13.45 – 15.15 | Session F: Renovating old houses.


  • Jeudi 13 et vendredi 14 juin 2019, 9h00-18h30


  • Sciences Po CERI – Salle de conférences / RdC 
    56 rue Jacob – 75006 Paris

A workshop organised in partnership with Sciences Po-CEE and Sciences Po-Urban School, supported by the program Cities are back in town.

Housing in Urban China: Policies, Practices and Comparative Approaches

Since the end of the 1990s, housing has become a crucial issue in China. Moreover, the housing approach allows us to take into account a large array of challenges facing contemporary Chinese society. Housing industry is today one of main growth-driven economic sector. Homeowners have emerged as a new social category, having high level of living standards and high expectations. Real estate residences have completely reshaped the urban landscape, creating a new social geography. But problems have arisen. In sharp contrast with the past, large cities face gentrification process, leading to social polarization between upper class and underclass areas. Migrant workers meet more and more difficulties to find a place to stay, and social housing is an issue of growing concern for public policies. Because of the endless increase in real estate prices, the new generation is facing serious difficulty to have access to propriety but the older generations of homeowners expect prices will further increase. Heritage conservation and urban planning policies create difficulties between different levels of the administration



DAY 1 | June 13th 2019 | 9h00 – 18h00

9.00 – 9.15 | Welcome and Registration

9.15 – 9.30 | Welcome Address

Florence Haegel, Sciences Po – CEE
Guillaume Plantin, Sciences Po –  Department of Economics

9.30 – 10.00| Introduction:

Patrick Le Galès, Sciences Po – CEE & Urban School / CNRS
Jean‑Louis Rocca, Sciences Po – CERI

10.00 – 12.30 | Session A: Housing in market socialist China: Assesments

Rebecca Chiu, Hong Kong University – “Housing Governance in Socialist China’s Marketizing Economy”?
Zou Yonghua, Zhejiang University –“Paradigm Shifts of Housing Policy in China:Tug of War between Marketization and State Intervention”
Yu Hai, Fudan University – “Political Ideology and Housing Policy in Socialist China”

Discussant: Dominique Lorrain, LATTS / CNRS

12.30 – 13.45 | Lunch Break

13.45 – 15.15 |Session B: Housing practices: generations and preferences

Qin Bo, Remin University – “’Daddy’s Competition’ or ‘My Struggle’: The Impact of Intergenerational Support on Young Adults’ Residential Environment in Urban China”
Sun Zhe, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics – “The Preference of Market Construction and Differentiated Renters’ Rights – a Field Study on the Rental Housing Market in Shanghai”

Discussant: Margot Delon, Sciences Po – OSC

15.15 – 15.30 | Coffee break

15.30 – 17.30 | Session C: Homeowning practices / State practices

Tian Chuanhao, Peng Ying, Wen Haizhen, Zhejiang University – “A Promotion of Education Quality ‘Benefits’ Whom: An Empirical Analysis of School Districts Adjustment in Hangzhou”
Wang Mengqi, Duke University at Kushan – “Grey Rhino and Black Swan: Metaphors of Financial Risk in China’s Real Estate Sector”

Discussant: Francesco Findeisen, Sciences Po – CEE & MaxPo

DAY 2 | June 14th 2019 | 9h00 – 17h00

9.00 – 10.30 | Session D: Informal practices and Housing perceptions

He Shenjing, Hong Kong University – “Property Rights with Price Tags? Understanding China’s Informal Housing Market”
Daniel Kübler, University of Zurich and Dong Lisheng, University of Tartu, Estonia – “Habitat and Perceptions of Local Government: Evidence from a Population Survey in Western China”

Discussant: Françoise Mengin, Sciences Po – CERI

10.30 – 10.45 | Coffee Break

10.45 – 12.15 | Session E: Chinese migrants in Paris/in Beijing

Du Juan, Inalco – “Divided Space and Shared Room. Categorizing the Residential Space as Housing Access Strategy among Chinese Migrants in Paris Suburbs”
Emmanuel Caron, EHESS – “Shared Housing in Beijing: Neighbor Relationships between the Established and the Outsiders in Shared Apartments, Urbanized Villages and Underground Housing”

Discussant: Nordine Kireche,

12.15 – 13.45 | Lunch Break

13.45 – 15.15 | Session F: Renovating old houses

Françoise Ged, Cité de l’architecture – “Housing in Chinese Cities, through the Lens of Sino-French Cooperation Programs 2005-2018”
Liu Ying “Housing Renovation Process in Beijing: A Case Study”

Discussant: Marco Cremaschi, Sciences Po – CEE

15.15 – 15.30 | Coffee break

15.30 – 16.30 | Session G: Housing in Paris

Nordine Kireche, Sciences Po – Urban School – “Public Policy on House Prices”

Comments: Qin Bo, Rebecca Chiu

16.30 | Conclusions
Jean Louis Rocca & Patrick Le Galès

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