Posted on: 2 October, 2019
Application deadline: October 25, 2019

Call for Participants: China’s Global Urban Presence, Manchester Urban Institute, University of Manchester, UK. 15th November 2019

This workshop is being organised under the auspices of the AGORA project (‘The age of infrastructure: China as a global urban agent’, funded by the University of Manchester Research Institute) which seeks to explore how Sino-centric visions and activities around connectivity and infrastructural development reconfigure relations between cities, regions and nation states (

AGORA investigates initiatives that integrate frontiers of resource extraction with dedicated centres of production (such as special economic zones), linked to China via a growing global intermodal logistics network. It highlights the existence of a particularly urban form of transregional development, where growth is achieved through connectivities between economic hubs. Our starting point is that understanding China’s global infrastructural presence can reveal wider contradictions and contingencies in the changing planetary relationship between cities, states and market-led development. The project involves case study work and network building among relevant stakeholders in academia, government, business and the third sector.

The workshop will offer opportunities for discussing current intellectual challenges, creating a transnational network on the topic, as well as developing joint research funding proposals. Confirmed speakers include: Professor Susanne Brandtstädter, University of Cologne; Dr Rocco Luigi Bubbico, European Investment Bank; Dr Ferenc Gyuris, Eötvös Loránd University; Professor Marcus Power, Durham University; Professor Giles Mohan, The Open University; Professor Anupam Nanda, The University of Manchester; Dr Ijlal Naqvi, Singapore Management University; Dr Alexander Roy, Manchester Airports Group.

A limited number of places are still available, and we are able to provide bursaries for early career participants. To express your interest in attending please email Helen Zheng at by the 25th October 2019, noting your name and affiliation and a short paragraph about why you would like to attend.

More information about the workshop is available on our website ( Thanks!