China and Asia

Researching land policy and training practitioners in China and elsewhere in Asia

After four decades of rapid economic growth, China is moving to a new stage of high-quality development, making ecological protection a priority.

Founded in 2007, the Peking University–Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy (PLC) in Beijing is one of China’s leading authorities on the property tax, municipal finance, urban development, housing policy, infrastructure, and land conservation. Its work includes research, training, policy analysis, academic exchanges, advisory services, and demonstration projects throughout China.

The center also extends its work to other Asian countries, addressing the Lincoln Institute’s three impact areas.

Watch this introductory video for more background on Peking University–Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy and its research areas, capacity building, education and scholarship, resources and publications, and partnerships.



Municipal Fiscal Health and Property Taxation

High-quality urban development requires a healthy municipal fiscal system. In China, property taxation is a significant missing piece in this system. With deep expertise in property tax and the intersection of municipal fiscal health with city planning and land use, the center contributes actively to the policy agenda in China.

Training the Trainers Course

Each summer, the PLC offers a course on a selected topic relevant to current policy debates. Several internationally distinguished scholars and experts are invited to deliver the lectures to selected young scholars and practitioners.

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Conservation and Environmental Policy

The PLC supports research and events in the field of environmental policy and conservation, focusing on urban ecological development strategy, environmental taxation and policy, eco-investment and financing mechanisms, land use and redevelopment, climate adaptation, and land conservation.

International Fellowship

The PLC offers an international fellowship annually to support three to four scholars studying a wide range of topics such as land markets, housing policy, local public finance, urban spatial patterns, and land conservation in China.

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Land Redevelopment and Urban Regeneration

As Chinese industries become more profitable and as land for new urban development becomes increasingly limited, the need for urban regeneration is quickly emerging in Chinese cities. These issues are especially important in Guangdong Province, where the PLC works with provincial officials on land redevelopment. The PLC offers technical assistance, empirical research, and knowledge sharing to make urban regeneration practices more efficient and equitable.

Recent Publications

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Moving towards an Inclusive Housing Policy?
Youqin Huang and Jianyu Ren

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Property Tax in Asia
Edited by William McCluskey, Roy Bahl, and Riël Franzsen


Property Tax

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Building the Breathable City
Alexander Lord, Erwin van der Krabben, and Guanpeng Dong

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Our Experts

Canfei He

Deputy Director of China Program/Dean

Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center; College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University

Beijing, China

Jiabin Lin

Jiabin Lin

Advisor, Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

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Shenmin Liu

Research Analyst, Land and Water Conservation Program and China Program

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Wei Liu

Senior Research Analyst, China Program

Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center

Beijing, China

Xiuying Liu

Policy Analyst, China Program

Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center

Beijing, China

Zhi Liu

Senior Fellow and Director of China Program

Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center

Beijing, China