Public Housing in Shanghai: A Tool with Multiple Purposes

  • Ying Chang
  • Jie Chen


Direct state provision of housing remains an important element of housing regime in many countries. This chapter traces recent experience of public housing development in Shanghai. It focuses the roles of two major public housing programmes, namely Relocation Housing and the new PRH (public rental housing) programme, in Shanghai’s recent socio-spatial dynamics. It is shown that the public housing programme in Shanghai is mainly a result of deliberate urban development policy in line with other strategies such as city marketing, and gentrification. Thus we suggest that the Shanghai municipality government appropriates the new public housing regime as institutions to buttress local economic competitiveness. Our analysis is augmented with data from a questionnaire survey of PRH tenants in Shanghai. Finally, we identify challenges for the future development of public housing sector in China.


Public housing Housing policy Urban development Shanghai 



The research is supported by the funding from NSFC (71173045), Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Key Social-Science Research Project of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China (13JZD009), Ministry of Housing and Urban Development of the People's Republic of China (2012–21), and Fudan University 985-III Project (2012SHKXQN012).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Urban Planning and DesignXi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool UniversitySuzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Institute of Real Estate Research, School of Public Economics and AdministrationShanghai University of Finance and EconomicsShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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