Global China and the (re)making of Europe’s ‘inner peripheries’: The local effects and agencies of Chinese infrastructure investment in the EU’s green transition

Conference: Development Studies Association 2023, ‘Crisis in the Anthropocene: Rethinking connection and agency for development’, University of Reading, 28–30 June 2023

Organizers: Hannes Langguth (HafenCity University Hamburg), Maggi Leung (University of Amsterdam)

The panel took the increasing Chinese infrastructure investment in the EU’s green transition as a starting point to explore the multiple aspects and (trans)local implications of the growing presence of Global China in Europe. In particular, it focused on the emergence of new and the reinforcement of existing inner peripheries across Europe: sites remote from urban centers that are impacted by infrastructure-led developments, forms of extractivism, or policies of externalizing ecological, economic, and societal problems related to the EU’s green transition. Against this background, the panel addressed the situated agencies of local/regional actors (workers, policy and planning professionals, citizens, NGOs) involved and/or impacted by the manifold processes of localizing Chinese investment projects on the ground.

Image © DSA2023.
Image © DSA2023.

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