In this short essay, Dr Chang Yu outlines the development of 'Eco-Industrial Parks' in China, many of which have taken on increasingly urban characteristics as workers have settled nearby. She argues that policies in future need not only to be adjusted to ensure better environmental performance within the parks themselves, but also to encompass their relationship with the wider urban setting that they often generate. While China's industrial parks have traditionally been associated with high levels of pollution, policy adjustments in future may realise their potential for playing a key catalytic role in the furtherment of sustainable urban development.
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This research project was supported by Next Generation Infrastructures Foundation. It was supervised by Prof. Margot Weijnen (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands), Prof. Gerard Dijkema (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) and Prof. Martin de Jong (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands & Fudan University, China).