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Urban Affairs Association and Asian Pacific Network for Housing Research Conferences
A number of us presented at the 2015 Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Conference in Miami, USA and the 2015 Asian Pacific Network for Housing Research (APNHR) Conference in Kwangju, Korea.

UAA

Sun Xiaoyi presented her paper Social Stability Maintenance and Environmental Activism in Urban China , as part of a session on community organizing and social movements. Sun Xiaoyi’s research investigates the growth of urban environmental activism in China, in spite of the state’s strategies of social controls. In particular, it focuses on two case studies: the protest against a chemical plant in Ningbo, and the protest against a nuclear fuel processing factory in Jiangmen. Here you can read more about the other presentations, and view the abstracts in full.

APNHR

Yip Ngai Ming co-chaired a special section on vertical living. The workshop explored the changes brought about by the move into 3-dimensional living. It looked at what forms of urban governance generated by these new modes of living, as well as the emerging new political demands. It considered the new professions created by this new market, examining their backgrounds, motivations and expectations. Further, it sought to understand how individuals and households interact within this sort of compounds, and whether any longer term social connectivity is emerging for the increased togetherness of high density living. It also looked at the impact of vertical living on the urban and social landscape of the city, as well as on its economy and environmental sustainability. In short, the workshop focused on the emergence of the high density city as a specific field of urban research, considering it from a range of perspectives.

In addition, Yip Ngai Ming also contributed two papers to the conference, titled Spatial Differentiation and High-density Living: Hong Kong 2006-2011 (co-authored with Huang Ronggui) and When the Public Sector Serves Private Interests: Vietnam's Post Reform Housing Policies and the New Urban Area of Hanoi (co-authored with Hoai Ann Tran).

Finally, Li Jing presented a paper titled Young People Housing in Hong Kong: Why Failure to Launch?. Li Jing’s research explores the housing attitudes and aspirations of Hong Kong’s young people. Based on a questionnaire survey including 1,000 respondents, this papers focused on the factors that contributed to these attitudes. More specifically, it suggests that they are a product of the restructuring and enhancement of the local economy, property market volatility and the financial vulnerability of individuals, the continuing strength of family ties, and a neoliberal policy on real estate investment.

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