Lin Jiaying

Master of Arts in Design



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DLGS 6 (2016-2018)

Doctoral Thesis

Working Title:
Interactions of actors and local institutions in the policy process – From Patriotic Health Campaign to Healthy City in Shanghai

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Bernhard Müller, Technische Universität Dresden

China is confronted by huge environmental problems in the wake of rapid urbanization and industrialization. In particular, public concerns have been raised about the negative impact of the urban environment on health. Shanghai is one of the first mega-cities to initiate so-called Healthy City programmes to cope with the health hazards of urban life. Statistics confirm that improvements have been made in life expectancy and healthcare provision. However, the interdisciplinary nature of the healthy city concept creates challenges for its implementation at the local level, where collaboration across sectors is difficult. Empirical and qualitative evidence of institutional change is limited. Therefore, this study investigates the policy process through the interactions of different levels of actors historically interwoven with local institutions. The history of local campaigns to deliver national strategy is examined, specifically the Patriotic Health Campaign, which since the 1950s has striven to promote health. Document analysis and in-depth interviews show how the concept of health has evolved from a focus on sanitation infrastructure to healthy lifestyles, influencing major urban health programmes in China. While motivations and perceptions have shifted to reflect social and economic development, the national government remains the primary actor, providing incentives through a hierarchy of national awards. As actions among sectors at different levels are still fragmented, information-sharing and common perceptions of actions should be promoted for better intersectoral collaboration in the future.

Key words: Healthy City, institutions, urban planning, urban environment



Since 03/2016
Doctoral Student at the TU Dresden, Faculty of Environmental Science
09/2013 - 01/2016
Studies in Design, College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, China
Academic Degree: Master of Arts
09/2008 – 07/2013
Studies in Urban Planning, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, China
Academic Degree: Bachelor of Engineering


Journals Column Host, Coordinator of Liaison Office in Shanghai/Urban Planning International Editorial department, Beijing, China
03/2013- 02/2016
Urban Planner/ World Urban Study Lab, Shanghai, China
07/2011- 08/2012
Deputy Head/ Tongji University Alumni Association Architecture and Urban Planning Branch, Shanghai, China


Scholarship for a doctorate at the TU Dresden by the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS)
National Scholarship for Graduate Students by the Ministry of Education, China
Golden Award by 2014 Green Building Leadership Camp
Outstanding student cadre by Tongji University
10/2009, 10/2010
Scholarship for Social Activities by Tongji University