‘Singapore: a Rapidly Rising World City in East Asia Specialization Network’ by A/P Ma Lili on Jan 22

Associate Professor Ma Lili is a visiting researcher at Cities Research Cluster, FASS. She will give a talk on her current research on Singapore: a Rapidly Rising World City in East Asia Specialization Network.

A/P Ma’s home faculty is the School of Economics and Management, Northwest University, in Xi’an, China.

The seminar will be held at AS7 Shaw Foundation Building, level 6, in room 06-42- Research Division Seminar Room. It will be chaired by Dr Zhang Jun (FASS Geography) and take place on Tuesday, January 22nd from 3 to 4:30pm.

To get to the Research Division Seminar Room, walk straight past the restrooms after exiting the elevator, then past the glass door on the left, and one door on the right. The seminar room is in front of you at the end of the corridor.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP with your name, email, and affiliation. Thank you and hope to see you there!

 

Abstract:

By putting forward a measurement methodology about World Cities, in this talk, A/P Ma Lili will discuss how Singapore became a World City and what its characteristics are.

In her view, World Cities are judged by three points: 1) the development level of regional specialization network in which the centre city is embedded; 2) the relationship between the centre city and the specialization network; 3) the evolution of sectors clustering in the centre city.

Accordingly, she will analyze the following parts:

1) East Asia Specialization Network (EASN) characterized by Intra-production specialization has sprung up and become a major part of Global Specialization Networks;

2) Singapore has embedded itself deeply in the EASN by direct-trading and transiting intermediate products for East Asia;

3) Singapore also pushes the development of EASN by means of acting as operating centre of foreign capitals, export-oriented production base, international trade & shipping centre, investment platform towards East Asia, etc.

4) During the above complex process, Singapore succeeds in clustering more advanced sectors and appears to have relative characteristics.

Based upon her detailed empirical study , A/P Ma will draw a conclusion about the rapid rise of Singapore  as a World City and suggest that Singapore can play more important roles in the future of East Asia.

About the Speaker:

Associate Professor Ma Lili is a visiting researcher at Cities Research Cluster, FASS. Her home faculty is the School of Economics and Management, Northwest University, in Xi’an, China. In order to deepen her research about the economic and social transformation of transition countries such as China and Russia, recently, she mainly studies the co-evolution relationship between World Cities and Global Specialization Networks. Her books include World City: Development in the Perspective of Global Specialization (The Commercial Press, in forthcoming), Road of Hong Kong (People’s Publishing House) and Evolution of Russian Economy Mode (Shaanxi People’s Publishing House).

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