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Educational Background: Yin Ling Cecilia Wong

  • BSocSc (Hons, First Class), Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sociology (major) and Geography (minor)
  • MCD (Town and Regional Planning), The University of Liverpool
  • PhD (Town and Country Planning), The University of Manchester

Key Roles:

Director of Spatial Policy & Analysis Lab, Manchester Urban Institute

PGR Admission Tutor of Department of Planning and Environmental Management

Co-Editor of Town Planning Review

Chair of Regional Studies Association North West Branch

Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI)

2021 REF Sub-panel Chair of Architecture, Built Environment and Planning

Member of Economic and Social Research Council Grant Assessment Panel

Research interests

Research Interest

  • Quantitative Indicators, Policy Monitoring and Evaluation: housing, deprivation, local economic development, urban regeneration, spatial planning, and regional development
  • Indicators and Governance: evidence-based policy making
  • Policy Analysis and Application: socio-economic change, neighbourhood change, UK-national spatial planning framework, and housing needs and demand.
  • Spatial Planning in China


Research Projects

(2016-18) Eco-Urbanisation: Promoting Sustainable Development in Metropolitan Regions of China, ESRC-NSFC Newton Fund Collaborative Research ‘Urban Transformations in China’ PI with Mark Baker, Adam Barker, Nuno Pinto and Richard Kingston and collaborate with The Chinese Academy of Sciences)

(2016-19) ‘Migration, Urbanisation and Governance in China’, University of Manchester China Research Fund (PI with Yaojun Li and Mark Baker)

(2016-17) Planning for Sustainable Urban Neighbour-hood Change, CUHK-UoM Research Fund (jointly with Professor Mee Kam Ng in CUHK)

(2015-16) Transportation and the socio-spatial equity dimensions of travel to work flows, ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (Co-I with Richard Kingston PI, Stephen Hincks and Brian Webb)

(2011) A Map for England: spatial expression of govenment policies and programme, the Royal Tonw Planning Institute.

(2010) Designing out crime in housing planning: the application of innovative spatial analytical techniques, EPSRC KTA Secondment Scheme, the University of Manchester.

(2009-2012) Euro-Chinese Urban and Regional B-Continental Research scheme (ECURBS): Funded by the EU (FP7-PEOPLE-IRSES-2008).

(2009-2010) Defining Housing Market Areas for England, National Housing and Planning Advisory Unit.

(2008-2011) Housing and Neighbourhood Monitoring, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

(2007-2010) The links between social change and change in urban environments, Homes and Communities Agency.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Institute for Data Science and AI
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester China Institute
  • Manchester Urban Institute
  • Healthier Futures


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