Learning urban resilience from a social-economic-ecological system perspective: A case study of Beijing from 1978 to 2015

Cecilia Wong, Zhan Wang, xiangzheng deng, Zhihui Li, Jiancheng Chen

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After the People's Republic of China (PRC) established in 1949, central planners have made much efforts to greening the capital city, Beijing. However, with the increasing population and consumption in the city, the increasing environmental risks continually flow into the local social-economic-ecological system (SEES) through ecological intercorrelation from neighborhoods, so that the thresholds of risks challenge the urban resilience of Beijing and the surrounding area. Thereby, we analyze the 139 selected indicators to deeply understand the systematic risks across temporal scale during 1978e2015 in Beijing. Results
show the development pathway of Beijing experienced three stages from “entrance”, “soar” to “coursing”. In the current new stage, the ecological impacts and resource use per capita are main constrains to future development in Beijing. This implies to a framework of urban growth for a demonstration
pilot path of eco-urbanization in five aspects: 1) strategic clarification of the growth space; 2) design the urban growth path based on ecosystem planning with functional landscape architecture; 3) higher standards of industrial establishments with advanced environmental assessment and monitoring;
4) construction of environmental infrastructures with smart resource recycling; and 5) based on strict implementation of institutions and regulations to maximize the function of market allocation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-357
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Early online date13 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2018


  • Development Eco-urbanization Environmental indicator Urban resilience

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Urban Institute


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