Yawei Zhao

Yawei Zhao


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

    M13 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

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Yawei Zhao is a Lecturer in Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on digital technologies, urban spaces, and rural-urban relationships, and she is working on the impacts and implications of urban artificial intelligence. Yawei is also interested in the intersection of lifestyle migration and the urbanization of small cities. Her research has been funded by the 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.

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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