Sustainable infrastructure projects in balancing urban–rural development: Towards the goal of efficiency and equity

Zhang, Xiaoling, Wu, Yuzhe , Skitmore, Martin, & Jiang, Shijie (2015) Sustainable infrastructure projects in balancing urban–rural development: Towards the goal of efficiency and equity. Journal of Cleaner Production, 107, pp. 445-454.

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In current practice, urban-rural development has been regarded as one of the key pillars in driving regenerative development that includes economic, social, and environmental balance. In association with rapid urbanization, an important contemporary issue in China is that its rural areas are increasingly lagging behind urban areas in their development and a coordinated provision of public facilities in rural areas is necessary to achieve a better balance. A model is therefore introduced for quantifying the effect of individual infrastructure projects on urban-rural balance (e-UR) by focusing on two attributes, namely, efficiency and equity. The model is demonstrated through a multi-criteria model, developed with data collected from infrastructure projects in Chongqing, with the criteria values for each project being scored by comparing data collected from the project involved with e-UR neutral “benchmark” values derived from a survey of experts in the field. The model helps evaluate the contribution of the projects to improving rural-urban balance and hence enable government decision-makers for the first time to prioritize future projects rigorously in terms of their likely contribution too.

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ID Code: 78802
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Infrastructure Projects, Urban and Rural Areas, Sustainable Development, China
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.09.068
ISSN: 0959-6526
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 20 Nov 2014 04:37
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2015 00:53

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