Urbanization and urban transformation in China is one of the most important aspects of global development in the 21st century. The fast speed of changes and the complexity of development in major Chinese cities pose a great challenge to urban researchers in China. 

This International Centre Partnership brought together researchers from three leading urban research organisations: the Urban Big Data Centre at the University of Glasgow, the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) at the University of Sheffield, and the CASS Institute of Urban and Environmental Studies in Beijing. It allowed collaborative and comparative research on three important and interrelated urban development issues of migration, segregation and inequality, and made significant contributions in research findings, new methods, theoretical development and policy impact.

This partnership fulfilled the core aim of the Newton Fund, through the development of close scientific and innovative research collaboration and promoting the economic development and welfare of Chinese people, especially the 250 million migrant workers living in cities and towns.

The project ran until April 2019. More information about the project, including reports and findings, can be found on the University of Glasgow website.


  • Ya Ping Wang (Principal Investigator), Urban Studies, University of Glasgow 
  • Yu Chen (Co-Investigator), East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield 
  • Gwilym Pryce (Co-Investigator), Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheffield 
  • Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah (Co-Investigator), Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow
  • Guanpeng Dong, Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool
  • Nema Dean, Mathematics & Statistics, University of Glasgow
  • Yeran Sun, Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow
  • Keith Kintrea, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow