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Cities and Governance Seminar Series 2023/24

Understanding and Enhancing Subjective

Well-Being of Chinese Urban Residents


23 November 2023 (Thursday) | 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Lingnan University, Hong Kong|Zoom Online






Subjective well-being (SWB) is a broad and multifaceted concept that measures an individual's personal evaluation of his/her own quality of life and emotional experiences. It typically contains three components: life satisfaction, positive affect and negative affect. SWB is attracting growing scholarly attention in urban China. However, many questions about how to explain and enhance SWB remain unresolved. This lecture mainly discusses the following three questions: (1) Whether and how does urbanization influence people’s SWB? This will be explored through an urban-rural comparison as well as the outcomes of migration. (2) Which urban environments influence the urbanites’ SWB, and why? Some theoretical angles and empirical evidences will be summarized. (3) How to improve the urbanites’ SWB through urban governance and urban planning? The scalar traps in making public policies will be discussed in detail.




Professor Wang Fenglong (David) is a professor of human geography in South China Normal University and serves as the vice dean of the Center for Administrative Division and Spatial Governance. He is also a recipient of provincial-level talent programs in Guangdong Province and Shanghai Municipality. Prior to his current position, he worked at East China Normal University from 2015 to 2020. His research focuses on politics of scale, governmentality, geography of subjective well-being, and residential mobility. He has an extensive publication record, with over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and 6 books. In addition to his research, he has taught several courses including political geography, methods in regional analysis, and geographical thoughts.




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