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Before moving back in Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology Chinese Academy of Sciences, I was Hallsworth research fellow at The University of Manchester and researcher at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

My research interests include spatial development in China and its sustainable challenges in the process of rapid urbanisation and industrialisation. My research analysis tends to use eastern China as the empirical testbed as it is relatively more developed to allow meaningful analysis of the dynamic process of change. More specifically, my research focuses on three inter-related areas:

First, I collect land-use change data and social-economic data to detect the spatial restructuring process and its mechanisms in the Yangtze River Delta. Some geographical information system-based statistical methods and spatial modelling are usually employed to perform the analysis.

Second, I focus on the governance issues of spatial development, i.e., the challenges and hurdles of implementing urban and regional plans. Both quantitative and qualitative data such as government policies/plans, statistical materials, and stakeholders interviews are collected and analysed.

Third, I review the evolution of the spatial planning system against the broader context of China’s transition from the planned economy to the market-oriented economy. I try to find out how the spatial planning system has been restructured to adapt to the changing context of political economy through analysing the evolution of planning discourses and the institutional factors of their production.

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Spatial Planning and Governance of Five-Year Planning in China, Chinese University of Hong Kong

1 Aug 201131 Jul 2014

Award Date: 4 Dec 2014

External positions

Associate Editor, Palgrave Communications

Apr 2017 → …

Areas of expertise

  • HE Transportation and Communications
  • High-speed rail
  • Spatial structure
  • regional development
  • G Geography (General)
  • Economic geogrphy
  • Regional governance


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