About Us

About PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization

The PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization program is designed to promote dialogue, exchange ideas, and build relationships among researchers and practitioners engaged in improving the livability of urban spaces and the building of tomorrow's cities while protecting our natural resources.

The rapid rate and unprecedented scale of urbanization occurring in China makes it critically important to share experiences and lessons learned about sustainable urban development. 

The Portland, Oregon, metropolitan region is heralded widely for its innovations in urban planning, much of which began with the historic passage of the state land use law in 1973 and the use of urban growth boundary (UGB) planning tool. PSU faculty and Oregon planning experts welcome the opportunity to examine the efforts in this region to intentionally coordinate the many public and private actions that create our urban environments.

Through partnerships with the Chinese Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD), the International Sustainable Development Foundation (ISDF), the Beijing Institute of City Planning (BICP), and the Energy Foundation, we work together to identify innovations that will move us all toward a more sustainable future.


Program Objectives

The PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization program supports the twin goals of: 

  1. Facilitating and supporting research by PSU Urban Studies and Planning faculty and students, including joint research with Chinese institutions, and
  2. Creating opportunities for student and faculty exchange between China and Portland State University. This includes summer internships for PSU urban planning master's students as well as Visiting Scholar programs between Chinese institutions such as the Chinese Academy of Urban Planning and Design and the Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning. 

As a living laboratory for innovations in urbanization, Portland, OR offers many diverse opportunities to learn, exchange, and network with urban planning practitioners and scholars working on a variety of topics including transportation, ecological wastewater management, and urban growth management.