About Shanghai City Lab

Shanghai City Lab explores sustainable urban development through cultural economy. It engages with urban research, cultural policy, culture and media studies, contemporary art, architecture and urban planning. Its focus is Shanghai, but our interest is in the cultural development of…


International Summer School 2016

The Third Cultural Economy International Summer School — July 2016.  Theme and itinerary to be announced. Our Context: Shanghai gives us a glimpse into the urban cultural forms of the 21st century city. How is 21st century metropolis formed – by…


Our Experience in 2014 and 2015

The First and Second Cultural Economy International Summer Schools were on the Shanghai Jiaotong University Xuhui Campus in the first half of July, 2014 and 2015.  For 2014, the theme was The Metropolis and Cultural Life. Echoing Georg Simmel’s famous 1903 essay on Berlin,…

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Shanghai Culture

I also thought readers might be interested in this Special Issue that Gu Xin and I edited on Shanghai. Some of it is pretty heavy duty cultural studies but I hope you find it useful. Owen Hatherley’s paper and that of…


Welcome to the blog section of the Shanghai CityLab site. This will expand now the site is live and we get closer to the event. In the meantime, I thought I would share this link to a blog I did…



The International Summer School is over for this year. We will be open for applications for the Third Cultural Economy International Summer School from Autumn (November) of 2015.   We expect the Summer School to be full by the end of…

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INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS now available — see ENROLMENT post. The First Cultural Economy International Summer School has been held at the Shanghai Jiaotong University. It was a great success, and enjoyed by the eight faculty and the 37 students enrolled. The…

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SEE the Information on the Q&A sheet. SCL_FICESS2015_Q&A Download flyers for the Summer School in jpeg and PDF format. Right Click on the link to save a JPEG file. Click below for a high resolution PDF file: CityLab-Flyer-2015L Get the…

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