Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2023, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (7): 1461-1481.doi: 10.1007/s11442-023-2138-2

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Post-suburbanization in Qingpu New Town: Process and formation mechanism

WANG Shaobo1(), LUO Xiaolong2,*(), TANG Mi3   

  1. 1. Institute of County Economic Development, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, China
    2. School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
    3. High-Quality Development Evaluation Institute, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 210003, China
  • Received:2022-05-21 Accepted:2023-03-24 Online:2023-07-25 Published:2023-07-24
  • Contact: *Luo Xiaolong (1977-), Professor, E-mail:
  • About author:Wang Shaobo (1990-), PhD and Lecturer, specialized in economic geography and urban geography. E-mail:
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(42101160);Science-Technology Foundation for Young Scientist of Gansu Province(21JR7RA523)


Under the wave of globalization, some cities in China, especially the so-called “megacities” are entering or have already entered the stage of post-suburbanization. The study places Shanghai suburbs in the post-suburbanization landscape and takes Qingpu New Town as an example to systematically analyze the development and formation mechanism of post-suburbanization spaces. This study reveals the features of the post-suburbanization in China as follows. Firstly, In China, post-suburbanization is achieved based on industrialization as well as on the promotion of urbanization. Although urbanization has strengthened other functions of suburban spaces aside from living and production, the production attributes of suburbs remain stable. Secondly, post-suburbanization space with the new town as the development model is an important path for a new round of suburban space growth, it has expanded the space for capital accumulation in metropolitan areas, thus promoting the possibility of reorganizing economic activities within metropolitan areas. At the same time, it focuses on the integration of industries and cities, and the simultaneous development of urbanization and industrialization. In turn, this promotes the accumulation of capital centered on the urban environment and manufacturing production. Furthermore, China’s special institutional circumstance enables its government to organize various actors to form a growth alliance, which will act together in the production of post-suburbanization space.

Key words: post-suburbanization, space production, Qingpu New Town, mechanism, urban expansion