The CFC Lab is working to combine novel research methods, such as machine learning, with China’s extensive big data resources to build a comprehensive database for measuring urban development.

The database is divided into four dimensions, each with a range of variables to further develop indicators.


The aim is to build a new city development database consisting of new city case studies in different socio-economic and urbanization stages. It will allow analysis of the development landscape and key mechanisms of major new 

cities around the world in the past two decades. Based on solid academic research, we will better transfer the "Chinese experience" of China's new city development to international academia, industry and policy makers.

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