Research projects: Urbanization in China - Examples from Pearl River Delta

China is experiencing rapid economic growth with concomitant societal, regional and political changes. Such changes open up many opportunities for foreign industrial investment but also allow for widening development differentials within China’s urban industrial and rural areas. In 2007 University of Basel’s Department of Geography/Urban and Regional Studies and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of Guanghzhou’s Sun Yatsen University agreed on visits to the Pearl River Delta and Switzerland, respectively, and to start cooperating in field trips, field research, especially assistance to Chinese doctoral students coming to Germany and Switzerland and Master’s theses for Swiss students who want to study urbanization in China’s Pearl River Delta.