How Does Street Vending Contribute to Walkability? A report on a study in Yuncheng, China


  • Ziwen Sun The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, The Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh
  • Simon Bell The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, The Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh
  • Iain Scott The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, The Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh.



In contemporary Chinese cities, street vendors often emerge in a predictable space where numerous people frequently walk or stay. In this sense, the ubiquitous phenomenon of street vending closely relates to the walkability of urban space in the Chinese context. The use of Actor-Network Theory (ANT) analyses a series of immaterial and material actors, which intertwine as a heterogeneous network within complex associations. Based on our previous reviews, this study is the first exploration to implicate the heterogeneous network of street vending as a possible approach to understanding walkable spaces.

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Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

Keywords: Street Vendors, Actor-Network Theory, Walkable Spaces


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Sun, Z., Bell, S., & Scott, I. (2016). How Does Street Vending Contribute to Walkability? A report on a study in Yuncheng, China. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 1(4), 203–213.