Governing Resilience Planning : Organizational Structures, Institutional Rules, and Fiscal Incentives in Guangzhou

Meng Meng, Marcin Dąbrowski*, Dominic Stead

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)
46 Downloads (Pure)


Researchers and policymakers have long called for a collaborative governance process for climate adaptation and flood resilience. However, this is usually challenging when urban planning is supposed to be integrated with water management. Using the Chinese city of Guangzhou as a case study, this study explores the long-term disadvantaged conditions of urban planning in flood governance and how this situation is shaped. The findings show that, in comparison to the increasingly dominant position of water management in flood affairs, the urban planning system has had weak powers, limited legitimate opportunities, and insufficient fiscal incentives from the 2000s to the late 2010s. Those conditions have been shaped by organizational structures, institutional rules, and financial allocation in urban governance, whose changes did not bring benefits to urban planning. The emergence of the Sponge City Program in China in 2017 and its implementation at the municipal level is deemed to be a new start for urban planning, considering the encouragement of nature-based solutions and regulatory tools in land use for flood resilience. Even so, the future of this program is still full of challenges and more efforts are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number417
Number of pages18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • climate adaptation
  • flood governance
  • urban planning
  • urban resilience
  • water management


Dive into the research topics of 'Governing Resilience Planning : Organizational Structures, Institutional Rules, and Fiscal Incentives in Guangzhou'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this