Yawei Zhao

Yawei Zhao


  • Lecturer in Socio-cultural Geography, Geography
  • Arthur Lewis Building 1.053, The University of Manchester

    M13 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

Personal profile


Yawei Zhao is a Lecturer in Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on digital technologies and infrastructures in the urban context, and she is particularly interested in data centers and PropTech. Yawei also works on the intersection of lifestyle migration and the urbanization of small cities. Her research has been funded by the British Academy, IJURR Foundation, and Mitacs Canada and appeared in Area, Cities, and Geoforum. Before joining the University of Manchester, Yawei worked as a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary, where she obtained her PhD in Geography. She previously studied at McGill University, City University of Hong Kong, and National University of Singapore.


GEOG26011 Social and Cultural Geography

GEOG32062 Digital Technologies and the City

URBN70022 Researching the City

Further information

Current PhD students:

Yuhao Ren (2023-) Internal migration and inequalities in China (co-supervision with Dr Oliver Bakewell)

Yihan Yan (2022-) Right to the city of dogs: Dog-related conflicts, animaling public space and governance in urban China (co-supervision with Dr Aurora Fredriksen and Dr Cristina Temenos)

Yubo Liu (2021-) Intended and unintended effects of virtual tourism development on the sustainability of cultural heritage sites (co-supervision with Prof James Evans and Prof Alison Browne)

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester China Institute
  • Manchester Urban Institute


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