Simin Yan

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Simin Yan

Simin Yan, M. Eng. & M.Sc. She majored in urban and rural planning at Tongji University from 2017 to 2020 in China. Her specific research direction is regional and urban-rural spatial development. She joined the dual master's degree program-Tongji University & Technische Universität Berlin-funded by DAAD and CSC (Chinese Scholarship Council) in October 2018. In the summer of 2020, she received a master's degree in urban and rural planning (M.Eng.) from Tongji and a master's degree in urban design (M.Sc.) from the TU Berlin. In December 2020, Yan joined the Regional Governance research working group at the Institute of Geography and started working on her doctoral study on Rescaling and the Making of Integrated City-regions in Post Reform China, which was funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC).

Research interests
  • Rescaling in metropolitan regions
  • Cross-jurisdictional governance
  • Spatial development and planning
Research project

Although originating from western discourse, the State Rescaling Theory has been well practiced by authoritarian Leninist political economies such as China. So to say, state-power participation is one of the significant symptoms of regional governance and planning in planned economies. However, the academic debate on rescaling in metropolitan regions shows a bias towards discussion in western discourse (Europe and North America), to a lesser degree, in the Chinese context.

Against this background, the research project mainly focuses on the emerging reterritorialization in China's mega-city regions, referring to both the top-down adjustment of the central government (such as its administrative restructuring) and the bottom-up response (such as local alliances, quasi-governments, working groups, etc.), and tries to explain the mechanism behind. It is expected that multi-data studies as well as more empirical case studies will also be used in further study. Currently, results on the changes in the Yangtze River Delta (in China) are contrasted with changes in governance structures in the Metropolregion Rhine-Neckar (in Germany) in order to work out the role of polycentric structures for intra-national, cross-jurisdictional governance structures.

Current talks and other projects
  • Growe, A; Yan, S. (2022): Governing cross-border metropolitan regions: Comparing actors and instruments between China’s Yangtze River Delta and Germany’s Rhein-Neckar Region. China-Germany city climate strategy webinar coordinated with National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation in China (NCSC), Heinrich-Boell-Stiftung(Germany) Beijing Representative Office, 14.12.2022. Beijing (online).
  • Growe, A; Yan, S. (2022): Governing Chinese mega-city regions - Organising spatial development or resigning in the face of size? Vortragsreihe „Ostasien Aktuell“ am Institut für Sinologie der Universität Heidelberg, 23.11.2022. Heidelberg.
  • Yan, S./ Growe A. (2022): How Well is Metropolitan Governance Going in Germany? The Case of Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar. Oral presentation at the Paris 2022 UGI Centennial Congress, France, 18-22.07.2022.
  • Yan, S., Zou, L., Growe, A. (2022): How do policies influence innovation development in a specific region? Evidence from Zhangjiang High-tech Park in Shanghai, China. Vortrag auf der Konferenz. Knowledge needs Space: Challenges and Perspectives of Future Living Environments, KIT/Online-Vortrag, 28. bis 29. Januar 2022.
  • Yan, S.,Growe, A., Wang, X. (2021): Cooperation or Competition? An empirical study of state rescaling and governance in Ganjiang National New Area, China. ACSP 2021 Annual Conference. 07.-09. & 21.-23.10.2021, Florida/Online Conference.
  • Wang, X., Dai, R., Yan, S., Li, F., Tian, N. (08.2021-06.2022): Multidimensional scenario analysis of China's grain supply and demand balance during peak population periods. Project No. 2021CXZX-022, Gansu Province Educational Science and Technology Innovation Project, funded by Gansu Provincial Department of Education.
  • Yan, S., Chen, C.& Du, F. (2019): Rural Transformation in China’s Developed Areas Under the Influence of Environmental Policies: Contrastive Study on Yu Village and Daxi Village in Anji County, Zhejiang Province. Presentation at the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Conference, Venice, Italy.
  • Yan, S., Chen, C. (2018) Revitalizing Rural Villages by Emerging Private Sector in an Urbanizing China: A Case of Tianhuangping Town, Zhejiang Province. Presentation at the 4th PLANOCOSMO Conference, Bandung, Indonesia.
  • Zhu, Y., Zhang, X., Yan, S., & Zou, L. (2023). Research on Spatial Patterns and Mechanisms of Live Streaming Commerce in China Based on Geolocation Data. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 12(6), 229, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijgi12060229.
  • Wang, X., Chang, X., Ma, L., Bai, J., Liang M., & Yan, S. (2023). Global and regional trends in greenhouse gas emissions from rice production, trade, and consumption. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 101, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2023.107141.
  • Wang, Q., Ren, J., Yan, S., Cao, Z., & Cheng, Y. (2023). Do the High-Tech Industrial Development Zones Foster Urban Innovation? A Case Study of China. Land, 12 (4), 830. https://doi.org/10.3390/land12040830.
  • Wang, X., Ma, L., Yan, S., Chen, X., & Growe, A. (2023). Trade for Food Security: The Stability of Global Agricultural Trade Networks. Foods, 12(2), 271. MDPI AG. Retrieved from: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/foods12020271
  • Yan, S., & Growe, A. (2022). Regional Planning, Land-Use Management, and Governance in German Metropolitan Regions—The Case of Rhine–Neckar Metropolitan Region. Land, 11(11), 2088. https://doi.org/10.3390/land11112088
  • Wang, X.; Qiang, W.; Liu, X.; Yan, S.; Qi, Y.; Jia, Z.; Liu, G. (2022): The Spatiotemporal Patterns and Network Characteristics of Emissions Embodied in the International Trade of Livestock Products. In: Journal of Environmental Management, 322, 116128, doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.116128.
  • Yan, S./ Wang, Q./ Growe A. (2022): Cross-jurisdictional Governance Practices and Implications from the Rescaling Perspective: The Case of Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar in German. In: Urban Planning International. doi:10.19830/j.upi.2021.614 (in Chinese).
  • Xiang Wang; Wenli Qiang; Shuwen Niu; Anna Growe; Simin Yan; Nan Tian. Multi-Scenario Simulation Analysis of Grain Production and Demand in China during the Peak Population Period. Foods 2022, 11, 1566.
  • Yan, S., Chen, C. (2019): Rural Settlement Re-construction driven by White-tea Industry and Its Implications for Planning: The Case Study of Xilong Township, Zhejiang Province. In: Modern Urban Research, (7), 26-33 (in Chinese).
  • Yan, S., Chen, C. (2019): Rural Transformation Driven by Private Investment and Its Planning Strategies: A Case of Daxi Village, Zhejiang Province. In: Urbanism and Architecture, 16 (19), 128-135 (in Chinese).
  • Yan, S., & Chen, C. (2018): The spatial transformation of traditional rural villages driven by private investment in China’s developed areas: The case of Daxi Village, Anji County. In: Journal of Regional and City Planning, 29 (2), 156-168.
  • Yan, S., & Chen, C. (2018): Characteristics and Dilemmas of Urbanization in High Population Output Areas in the New Era: A Case Study based on Pingdingshan City in Henan Province. Annual National Planning Conference. Hang Zhou, China. 2018: 13 (in Chinese).
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