Identifying risk factors of urban-rural conflict in urbanization: A case of China

Tit Wan Yu, Yuzhe Wu, Bibo Zheng, Xiaoling Zhang, Liyin Shen

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Urban and rural areas are two different yet coexisting systems. Developing countries such as China have been undergoing a rapid urbanization process. However, urbanization often causes competition for land resources between urban and rural areas, and such competition can result in conflicts between the two systems. To identify the risk factors of urban-rural conflict, this paper utilizes a research framework including content analysis, brainstorming and semi-structured interviews. The results indicated that the main risk factors between urban and rural areas comprise conflicts in property, resources and development. Suggestions are proposed to reduce the conflicts occurring between urban and rural areas during the urbanization process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-185
Number of pages9
JournalHabitat International
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • China
  • Risk management
  • Sustainable development
  • Urban-rural conflict
  • Urbanization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urban Studies

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