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Transforming Rural Communities in China and Beyond

Community Entrepreneurship and Enterprises, Infrastructure Development and Investment Modes

  • Ying Zhu
  • Hong Lan
  • David A. Ness
  • Ke Xing
  • Kris Schneider
  • Seung-Hee Lee
  • Jing Ge

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Ying Zhu, Hong Lan, David A. Ness, Ke Xing, Kris Schneider, Seung-Hee Lee et al.
    Pages 1-15
  3. Ying Zhu, Hong Lan, David A. Ness, Ke Xing, Kris Schneider, Seung-Hee Lee et al.
    Pages 17-34
  4. Ying Zhu, Hong Lan, David A. Ness, Ke Xing, Kris Schneider, Seung-Hee Lee et al.
    Pages 35-60
  5. Ying Zhu, Hong Lan, David A. Ness, Ke Xing, Kris Schneider, Seung-Hee Lee et al.
    Pages 61-91
  6. Ying Zhu, Hong Lan, David A. Ness, Ke Xing, Kris Schneider, Seung-Hee Lee et al.
    Pages 93-116
  7. Ying Zhu, Hong Lan, David A. Ness, Ke Xing, Kris Schneider, Seung-Hee Lee et al.
    Pages 117-141
  8. Ying Zhu, Hong Lan, David A. Ness, Ke Xing, Kris Schneider, Seung-Hee Lee et al.
    Pages 143-166
  9. Ying Zhu, Hong Lan, David A. Ness, Ke Xing, Kris Schneider, Seung-Hee Lee et al.
    Pages 167-185
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 187-192

About this book

Introduction

This book represents one of the first attempts by a multidisciplinary research team, encompassing the social sciences, business, architecture and planning, engineering, and finance and economics, to help rural communities discover sustainable and self-reliant paths to development and transformation.

The opening chapter outlines the background of the research, its importance in the context of China and other countries, the rationale for choosing the case study communities in rural China, and the composition of the research team. Chapter 2 explores key issues in the role of social entrepreneurship and leadership in rural community development. Chapter 3 analyses a green platform for a pilot transaction of China forest carbon sinks led by the Huadong Forestry Exchange. The fourth chapter examines carbon trade, forestry land rights, and the livelihoods of farmers in rural Chinese communities. Chapter 5 explores alternative energy development in rural Chinese communities, where the poor are often disproportionately dependent on fuel wood and solid biomass, causing environmental degradation, reduced productivity and the decline of income generating opportunities. Chapter 6 examines and tests the proposition that stronger communities will result from ‘connected up’, holistic, synergistic and inclusive planning of services and supporting infrastructure. Chapter 7 analyzes information and communications technology (ICT) based service innovations for supporting rural community enterprises. Chapter 8 highlights key elements of stronger rural communities, drawing together the themes and proposals of preceding chapters and constructing an integrated model.

The authors demonstrate that interconnected community enterprises based on clean forest products, forest carbon and ecotourism can be underpinned by local infrastructure enterprises such as renewable energy, water, waste management, ICT and transport, and financial mechanisms like carbon finance, all involving skills development, leadership and social entrepreneurship coupled with corporate and investment partnerships. Such interconnected approaches are expected to generate increased employment and prosperity, improve social livelihoods, and benefit the environment.

Keywords

Carbon finance Integrated infrastructure Public-private-community partnerships Rural transformation Social Entrepreneurship

Authors and affiliations

  • Ying Zhu
    • 1
  • Hong Lan
    • 2
  • David A. Ness
    • 3
  • Ke Xing
    • 4
  • Kris Schneider
    • 5
  • Seung-Hee Lee
    • 6
  • Jing Ge
    • 7
  1. 1.Int'l Graduate School of Business University of South AustraliaNorth Terrace, AdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.School Environment & Natural Resources Renmin University of ChinaBeijingChina
  3. 3.Barbara Hardy Institute University of South AustraliaMawson LakesAustralia
  4. 4.School of Engineering University of South AustraliaMawson LakesAustralia
  5. 5.Faculty of Business, Economics and StatisticsUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  6. 6.Nemopartners China Consulting GroupBeijingChina
  7. 7.Jiangsu Broadcasting CorporationNanjingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-11319-7
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-11318-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-11319-7
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