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School of Geography

Wanyun Ying Wanyun Ying

Contact details

School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK



Project title

Growth and Shrinkage in China’s Territorial Restructuring: A Study of Administrative Adjustment in Anhui Province, China

Project overview

With the deepening process of economic globalisation, the tensions between globalisation and territorial differentiation are increasing dramatically, leading to a ‘generalised explosion of spaces’. During this process, urban regions, as key geographical sites, are being radically redrawn in and through this multiscalar reconfiguration of capitalist spatiality. In this context, urban space in China has been reorganised tremendously with the designation of new cities and the constant adjustments of city boundaries since 1990. This process could be viewed as an institutionalised territorial restructuring that triggers the growth and shrinkage of urban geographical, social and economic space. My research will investigate the process of Chinese urban administrative readjustment and its effect on urban development.


There are three objectives of this project. The first objective is to examine the step-by-step process of urban territorial restructuring, including various hindrances. Through tracing the administrative readjustment of Anhui province in the stages of preparation, coordination and implementation, the complexity, impetus and mechanism of urban territorial restructuring will be examined.

The second objective is to investigate the effects of territorial restructuring on urban growth and shrinkage. By analysing the physical, demographical, and socio-economic changes in Chaohu city and Wuhu city after administrative adjustments have been implemented, the influences of territorial restructuring on urban development can be revealed.

Thirdly, this research investigates the involvement, behaviour and vertical and horizontal interactions of governments in urban territorial restructuring with the aim of enhancing our understanding of government-driven urban governance.


Cluster & research affiliations


University of Leeds & China Scholarship Council


  • 2009-2014 B.E., Urban and Rural Planning, Department of Urban Planning, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology
  • 2014-2017 M.E., Urban and Rural Planning, Department of Urban Planning& Design, Nanjing University
  • 2016 Visiting Student, Graduate Institute of Urban Planning, National Taipei University