China’s Urbanization Strategy: Challenges and Prospects


Chorching Goh, Albert Park, Christine Wong
Monday 18 November 2013 at 3:30 - 5:30 pm (Hong Kong time, GMT +8)
IAS Lecture Theater, Lo Ka Chung Building, Lee Shau Kee Campus, HKUST


HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies and HKUST Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education Office



China's Next Transformation: Efficient, Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization by Dr. Chorching Goh  (Video ) 

Migration and Inclusive Urbanization in China by Prof. Albert Park (Video)

The Challenges of Financing Urbanization in China: Another Look at Central-Local Relations by Prof. Christine Wong (Video)Urb_3 

Panel Discussion hosted by Prof. Angelina Yee (Video

Event program


About the speakers

Dr. Chorching Goh, Lead Economist, China, Mongolia, and South Korea, The World Bank

Chorching Goh heads the Economics unit for China, Mongolia, and Korea at the World Bank. Before moving to Beijing, Chorching was the lead economist for Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan, based in Addis Ababa. Prior to joining the Africa region, she worked on Poland, Russia and the former Soviet Republics. She graduated from Yale University, summa cum laude, with simultaneous BA and MA degrees, and from Harvard University with a PhD in Economics.


Prof. Albert Park, Director, HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Albert Park is Chair Professor of Social Science, Professor of Economics, and Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at HKUST. He is also a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). He completed his Ph.D. at Stanford and previously held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and University of Oxford. Prof. Park is a development and labor economist whose research focuses on the Chinese economy. In recent years he has published articles on poverty and inequality, migration and employment, health and education, the economics of aging, and firm performance in China. He has co-directed numerous survey research projects in China, and currently serves as a co-PI for the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) and PI for the Gansu Survey of Children and Families (GSCF). He has consulted frequently for the World Bank, and was lead international consultant on the World Bank’s most recent poverty assessment report (2009).


Prof. Christine Wong, Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Melbourne

Christine Wong is Chair Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this, she was Professor and Director of Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, where she was a Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall. Professor Wong has also taught on the faculties of the University of Washington, the University of California, Santa Cruz; University of California, Berkeley; and Mount Holyoke College. Outside of academia, she has held senior staff positions at the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Professor Wong’s research focuses on China’s public finance and public sector reform. Over the past twenty years she has worked extensively in advisory capacities for the World Bank, the OECD, and the Asian Development Bank, as well as through consultancies for the IMF, UNDP, UNICEF, and DFID. She is a member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditures.

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