A study of best practices in promoting sustainable urbanization in China

Yongtao Tan, Hui Xu, Liudan Jiao, J. Jorge Ochoa, Liyin Shen

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Some of these policies and methods have been found to be successful in improving the sustainability of cities in China. Those practices can be defined as the best practices of sustainable urbanization, which can provide useful references for future urban developments. However, few existing studies examine how to learn from these best practices. Combining the methods of content analysis and social network analysis, this paper conducts a comprehensive study on 150 best practices of sustainable urbanization in China. The methods and outcomes of the 150 best practices are identified. The research findings demonstrate the statistics of categories, methods and outcomes of the 150 best practices and the main adopted methods. The achieved outcomes in different regions of China are also presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-18
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2017


  • Best practice
  • China
  • Content analysis
  • Environmental management
  • Social network analysis
  • Sustainable urbanization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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