Planning instruments to protect Chinese farmland from urban sprawl

Published: 28 June 2016

Urban sprawl, which has socioeconomic and environmental impacts, is a highly debated issue worldwide. Increasing numbers of people are moving from rural to urban areas as they give up work in primary industries such as agriculture, in exchange for work in secondary and tertiary industries. Increased agricultural productivity, industrialization and urbanization have increased the demand for urban land. With such ongoing urbanization, it seems certain that urban sprawl will continue, especially in developing countries. The aim of this project, using China as an example, is to survey whether land-use planning and other regulation measures can contain urban sprawl in order to protect open spaces and environmentally sensitive areas in developing countries. It also aims to find more appropriate growth management instruments to address urban sprawl challenge, to assess the effect of transferable development rights in protecting farmland, and to optimize current regulation policies, rules and institutions.

The project is carried out jointly with Nanjing Agriculture University from January 2016 to December 2020. PhD student Zinan Shao is being supervised by Prof. dr. Leonie Janssen-Jansen, Prof. dr. Tejo Spit, Dr. Martha Bakker and Prof. dr. Qun Wu.