Rural urbanization driven by e-commerce is a relatively new process in China. This process is systematically restructuring rural economic, social and spatial environments, influencing the non-agricultural transformation of employment and sparking comprehensive modernization of country life and intensive urbanization of rural land. The advantages of rural areas—including low-cost entrepreneurial environments, specialty agricultural products and local non-agricultural industry—and advances in e-commerce allow rural areas to overcome geographic constraints and join the national and global economy. Zhendong Luo will discuss these changes and how the importance of the capital and knowledge heading to the countryside help support rural sustainable development.
Luo is an associate professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Nanjing University. He is a member of the Academic Committee of Comprehensive City Planning, and the Academic Committee of Rural Planning and Construction, Urban Planning Society of China. He is a visiting scholar in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include mechanism and strategy of urban and rural development, and theory and methodology of urban and rural planning.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.