Roundtable discussion: Spatial Planning For Smart Sustainability In Greater Manchester, U.K. And Shenzhen, China

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentationResearch


This roundtable aims to compare and contrast the spatial relationships among socio-economic and environmental challenges, technological advancement and urban planning in the context of Greater Manchester in the United Kingdom and Shenzhen, China. The Greater Manchester model is seen as a new way of delivering unified public services in Britain, whereas Shenzhen is dubbed as China’s Silicon Valley. Smart technologies and infrastructure could be constructed to tackle environmental degradation, social exclusion and economic bottleneck only if there are smart policies, legal frameworks and governance structures in place. Planning, as a future-oriented activity, plays a significant role in adopting a spatially integrative approach to deliver smart and sustainable development. In this roundtable, scholars from the University of Manchester and the Chinese University of Hong Kong will share their understanding of smart and sustainable planning in Greater Manchester and Shenzhen. Through robust conceptualisation, contextual understanding, evidence collection and a focus on the research-policy-practice nexus in the two cities, the team will examine drivers of smart sustainable development and their spatial implications; the evolving institutional capacities and constraints in tackling and steering urban challenges towards smart and sustainable planning; and lessons to plan and manage the complex relationships among innovation-economic-environmental performance and inclusive development. The panelists will present and comment on the state of art of spatial planning for smart sustainable development in the two cities, followed by discussions among participants.
Period30 Aug 2022
Event titleWorld Planning Schools Congress 2022 (with Asian Planning Schools Association)
Event typeConference
LocationIndonesiaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Urban Institute