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Shanghai is now a hub of international finance, trade and cultural change. Dr Melissa Butcher spoke to three researchers in the city who are working on different aspects of how this urban centre is transforming itself and the lives of its residents.
Ying Zhou, architect and urban researcher, on the impact of creative industries regeneration projects in Shanghai.
Marie Sander, University of Heidelberg, explores the lives of expatriate teenagers relocated to Shanghai.
Silvia Lindtner, University of California Irvine, takes us from 'World of Warcraft' to the new high-tech hubs of Shanghai.
These podcasts were recorded in conjunction with the Karl Jaspers Centre for Transcultural Studies Cluster of Excellence 'Asia and Europe in a Global Context' (University of Heidelberg). If you are interested in exploring urban geographies in more detail, Shanghai is a major case study of the OU's new international development module International Development: Making Sense of a Changing World (TD223). The Open University also has a new Masters level module, Changing Cities (D837).
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