(January 2010) Impact of High Population Mobility on Metropolitan Spatial Structure in Globalization, with Shanghai as an Example

Impact of High Population Mobility on Metropolitan Spatial Structure in Globalization, with Shanghai as an Example image
While migration is more frequent in globalization, especially in the context of China's rapid urbanization, how does it transform the urban spatial structure and what's the causal mechanism? In a theoretical framework concluding macro-level Social-Spatial Dialectic, medium-level Related Economic-Social-Institutional System, micro-level Agency-Structure Interaction, the paper aims to analyze the impact of high population mobility on urban spatial structure and to propose the related policies accordingly.
Above all, behavior characteristics of floating population during the globalization process will be analyzed according to their specific patterns under the dynamics of marketing, community and government, which are correspondent with the following components of urban spatial structure.
Then, impacts of high population mobility on urban spatial structure will be stated respectively in the aspects of economy, society and institution. Each aspect will be presented at macro-medium-micro levels.
Impact of High Population Mobility on Urban Economic Spatial Structure. It will be studied first with the relationship between floating population and urban economic reform. Then the mechanism of economic spatial structure caused by high population mobility will be explored. And finally empirical research will be carried out on different spatial characteristics caused by economic behavior of floating population such as investment, trade, production and laboring.
Impact of High Population Mobility on Urban Social Spatial Structure. First, relevant study will be performed on the role of floating population in the course of urban social spatial differentiation and integration. And the resulting restructuring mechanism of urban social space will be analyzed next. Afterwards, social spatial similarities and differences between floating population and local population will be investigated.
Impact of High Population Mobility on Urban Institutional Spatial Structure. It will be researched first with the dialectical relationship between high population mobility and global institutional expansion and revision. Then the causal mechanism of institutional spatial structure will be discussed. And different characteristics of urban spatial structural evolution caused by population mobility under different institutions will be analyzed at last.
At the end of this research, an integrated framework to explore the impact of high population mobility on urban spatial structure and related policies will be concluded.
While the rapid development in China has caused the coexistence of different urban stages, it sets a quite complicate context for the high population mobility. The momentum of this phenomenon and its interaction with urban transformation provides an open question and needs further research.