China Cluster TPM

China has seen massive economic growth in de past decades in a great variety of fields. This is commonly known, but what are the consequences in terms of urban planning, development of transport infrastructure, characteristics of ICT facilities, governance structures, changes in value systems and international collaboration?

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management combines insights from the engineering sciences with insights from the humanities and the social sciences and takes a closer look at these developments in its China Cluster.

  • Will Chinese ports grow so fast as to eclipse European ports?
  • How can ethics help us in understanding the tradeoffs made between financial benefits and safety?
  • How similar and how different are smart cities and eco cities from the ones constructed in Europe?
  • Can theoretical frameworks on public policy conceived in the West help to give meaning to decision-making in China, or do we need new concepts?
  • What can the Chinese cadaster learn from the Dutch cadaster, and vice versa?
  • How open or how closed is the internet in China? Why? And how can this be explained?

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management is comprised of three closely collaborating departments, each with a different perspective on complex societal developments: systems, governance and values. The smart combination of these three perspectives is what we call comprehensive engineering. This integrated approach also applies to the research and education activities in our China Cluster.


The China Cluster addresses the following relevant themes:

Engineering Ethics education and research

Developing smart eco cities in mega city regions

Responsible port innovation

Designing credible institutions for sustainable development and planning

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