The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been exerting many visible impacts on globalization, urbanization and development since its inauguration in 2013. While BRI is framed by China as an inclusive platform of multilateral cooperation, it has been met with mixed perceptions in Europe.

These disputing narratives necessitate a sober analysis of the nature, dynamics and influence of the BRI: to what extent has BRI shaped the pattern of infrastructure connectivity, urban development and regional and spatial integration? How can we reimagine this connectivity plan as a key driving force of new globalization? And, what are the scope and depth of impact of COVID pandemic on the cross-border engagement associated with BRI?

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In this webinar, Prof. Chen Xiangming, a renowned scholar in global urban studies, will present his new points of view and analysis on these critical issues. This will be based on his latest BRI book project published jointly by Taylor & Francis and the Regional Studies Association. Prof. Jørgen Delman of University of Copenhagen will share his insights on BRI’s green dimension and local dynamics. Senior Researcher Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr from Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, as the commentator, will be offering a Nordic perspective.


Welcome remarks: Prof. Duncan McCargo, Director, NIAS

Moderator: Dr. Chunrong Liu, Executive Vice Director, Fudan-European Centre for China Studies


  • Prof. Chen Xiangming, Trinity College
  • Prof. Jørgen Delman, University of Copenhagen

Commentator: Dr. Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr, NUPI

Organized by:

Fudan-European Centre for China Studies and NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and co-organized by NUPI - Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, ThinkChina, and FDDI - Fudan Development Institute.