Linyan DaiLinyan Dai

Thesis Title: Social Cohesion in Rapidly Urbanizing Peri-urban Neighbourhoods: an Examination of Panyu District, Guangzhou City, China

Supervisors: Nicola Dempsey, Helen Woolley
Date started PhD and proposed submission date: 2015 - 2018

University email: LDai6@sheffield.ac.uk
Twitter: @ldai6_angela

 
   


Researcher Biography

2005-2009, BA Environmental Art Design, Zhejiang University of Technology
2010-2012, MA Landscape Architecture, South China Agricultural University

During my undergraduate studies, my graduation project was about rapidly urbanizing peri-urban neighbourhood design for land-lost farmers because of the development of cities in Hangzhou, China. My master’s dissertation is titled ‘Research on the Present Situation and Development Strategies of Village Parks in Panyu District, Guangzhou City, China’. At my master thesis viva, the chairman of the examination committee awarded me the highest grade to my master’s thesis. Also, my master thesis was voted one of China's outstanding master's thesis in 2014.

At present, My PhD research is “Social Cohesion in Rapidily Urbanizing Peri-urban Neighbourhoods: an Examination of Panyu District, Guangzhou City, China”. Data of 1120 valid questionnaires, site survey, field observation, 12 site-down interviews with professionals and 54 walk-along interviews with residents in 9 neighbourhoods were collected during the period of 2016 and 2017 in Panyu’s peri-urban areas in Guangzhou, China. This research examines the impacts of different neighbourhood types on social cohesion and relations between locals and migrants. The findings show a number of significant relationships between the socio-spatial features of peri-urban neighbourhoods, dimensions of social cohesion and relationship between locals and migrants in the peri-urban areas.


Research Interests

  • Social cohesion
  • neighbourhood development
  • environmental psychology
  • relationship between migrants and locals