PhD Defence Min Cai

From Fragmentation to Integration: Experiences from China Multi-Plan Integration Program
Thursday 11 Apr 2024, 10:30 - 12:00
PhD defence
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Erasmus Building
Campus Woudestein
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On Thursday, the 11th of April 2024, Min Cai will defend her PhD dissertation entitled: From Fragmentation to Integration: Experiences from China Multi-Plan Integration Program.

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Spatial planning is conducive to balancing social, economic, cultural, and environmental dimensions through the use of territorial and spatial strategies and technologies. However, different land uses are usually managed by different actors. Each actor pursues its own policies, interests, and values. This leads to fragmentation. Enhanced integration among those actors may counter fragmentation by promoting an improved and more balanced use of resources, which, in turn, promotes sustainable development. Nonetheless, integration remains an intricate and arduous undertaking within the sphere of spatial planning. This study seeks to answer the question of under what conditions integration can be achieved more successfully. A theoretical framework is developed to address this question, and a mixed-method design is applied, incorporating desk research, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), and comparative studies, with China Multi-Plan Integration Projects (MPI) serving as cases. It tracks the various stages of MPI Reform evolution, explores the combined effects of conditions on integration, investigates the facilitators and inhibitors of integration, and mitigates the bias of MPI. The main finding of this thesis is that it identifies the combination of institutional and instrumental strategies that lead to integration, thereby expanding on research traditionally focused on the impact of individual factors within the spatial planning and public administration field.

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  • Supervisor: Prof.Dr. (Jurian) J Edelenbos (IHS/ESSB)
  • Co-supervisor: Prof.Dr.Dr. (Lasse) L Gerrits (IHS)

Min's research focuses on the influencing conditions for integration in spatial planning projects, utilizing a mixed-method research design that incorporates Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and comparative case studies. Her academic background lies in landscape architecture and ecology.

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  • Date: 11th April, 10:30 AM
  • Place: Woudestein Campus, Erasmus Building, Senaatszaal

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