Strategies for risk management in urban–rural conflict: Two case studies of land acquisition in urbanising China

Liping Shan, Tit Wan Yu, Yuzhe Wu

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With rapid urbanisation, these differences have become a major cause of urban–rural conflict. One of the most significant challenges arises from land acquisition, particularly in China, where cities have experienced substantial growth in the 21st century. Different types of risk are associated with land acquisition conflict in different Chinese cities. In this study, two types of cities are discussed: those with a historically low level of development but recent rapid economic growth, such as Yueqing; and cities that have maintained a relatively high level of development and experienced stable growth, such as Jiaxing. Land acquisition conflict in these two representative cities is then analysed in terms of property rights, access to resources and development. Analysis is performed at the institutional level to provide more accurate insights into the dynamics of conflict. The findings of the study suggest that different risk-management strategies are used in the two kinds of city, and that conflict is more likely to occur in cities with historically weaker development, such as Yueqing. To avoid such conflict, systematic risk-management strategies should be established in these cities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-100
Number of pages11
JournalHabitat International
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • China
  • Land acquisition
  • Risk management
  • Urbanisation
  • Urban–rural conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urban Studies


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