Exploring Uneven Development under Spatial Decision-Making from a Perspective of Urban Political Ecology: A Case Study of Village Relocation in Dalinpu of Kaohsiung City

  • 廖 尹瑄

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The Dalinpu district of Kaohsiung is the first village relocation project in Taiwan that due to environmental pollution Ironically the Dalinpu district is an urban planning area for the residential community but it's not suitable for human habitation The development of the Linhai Industrial Park in the 1970s caused a lot of pollution to the Dalinpu district living environment and the health risks of residents exceeded the acceptable value Recently the governments decided to relocate the Dalinpu district through the industrial park development project because they believed this spatial decision could achieve environmental justice Therefore this study intends to explore the justice that the village relocation decision-making to be an uneven development solution for the Dalinpu district This study uses the perspective of urban political ecology (UPE) to analyze the relationship between the unbalanced development context and spatial decision-making in the Dalinpu district and using the Actor-network theory (ANT) translation method to assist the power analysis The study found: 1 The unbalanced development of the Dalinpu district comes from the spatial decision of the central and local governments which transforms the local environment from a residential location to an industrial location 2 Due to the unequal power relationship between the central government local government and the residents has affected the distribution of rights and interests in urbanization processes cause residents have been damaged continuously 3 The central and local governments are still beneficiaries in the village relocation project and the residents only get the "opportunity to reduce losses "
Date of Award2021
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorWei-Ju Huang (Supervisor)

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