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The project team of the ChinaUrban ERC project is based in China Planning Research Group at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. 

Professor Fulong Wu (Principal Investigator)

Fulong Wu is Bartlett Professor of Planning* at University College London. He is a joint coordinator of China Planning Research Group (CPRG) at Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. He is Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), UK. He was awarded 2013 Outstanding International Impact Prize by UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). He is an editor of International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, a leading journal in the field of Urban Studies. He has been Professor of East Asian Planning and Development at Cardiff University (2005-2011) and Lecturer to Reader at the University of Southampton from 1998 to 2005.

His research interests include urban development in China and its social and sustainable challenges. He has recently published a book, Planning for Growth: Urban and Regional Planning in China(2015, Routledge). He is ranked 11th amongst the top 50 Geographers in the age-weighted H-index SCI/SSCI. He was ranked the second in the 50 most productive authors in Geography and Urban Studies, and in terms of citation ranked “6th in Geography and garnered more citations than any other in Urban Studies”. He is among 40 ‘Key Thinkers on Cities’ (Koch and Latham, 2017, SAGE publishing).His total citations are 14,419 in Google Scholar with an h-index of 67 and an i10 index (the number of publications with at least 10 citations) of 153. To date, he has secured funding for 32 research projects, totalling £2,310,000, as PI.

Among many appointments in editorial boards and international advisory boards, he has been Trustees of Urban Studies Foundation and Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies (now IJURR Foundation). He is a member of the UK ESRC Review College, the Assessor Board of the Australian Research Council, and the Standing Review Board of the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong. He is a member of the advisory board of the mayor of Wuhan, and planning advisory board of Guangzhou municipal government.

*Bartlett Professor of Planning is a position previously held by Sir Patrick Abercrombie, Sir William Holford, Lord Richard Llewelyn-Davies, Sir Peter Hall and, most recently, Mike Batty FRS. Professor Wu’s prestigious appointment since 2011 presents the opportunity for the Bartlett School of Planning to redefine the planning discipline in global terms for a new generation.

Dr Fangzhu Zhang (Co-Investigator)

Dr Fangzhu Zhang is an Associate Professor in China Planning and joint-coordinator for China Planning Research Group (CPRG) in Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.  She worked at the School of City Planning, Cardiff University (2006-2011) and University of Southampton (2000-2002) before joining the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. She has published articles widely in leading international journals. She is co-editor for the special issue “Planning the Chinese City” (Town Planning Review, 2008); “New Direction for Urban China Studies” (Urban Studies, 2020); and Financialised urban development: Chinese and (South-)East Asian observations (Land Use Policy,2021). She also co-edited the book “Rural migrants in urban China” (Routledge, 2013). To date, she has successfully supervised seven PhD students and is currently supervising eight PhD research projects on urban china planning. 

Her main research interests focus on innovation and governance; urban village redevelopment and migrant integration in China; and eco-innovation and eco-city development in China. She has been involved in several research projects funded by the EU innovation programme (on Finance access in biotech); ESRC/DFID (on Chinese urban villages); the British Academy (China’s innovation and governance; Chinese informal settlements; China’s eco-city planning); RTPI (on China planning); the Leverhulme Trust (Urban China Research International Network) and EPSRC (global engagement on UK-China sustainable cities). Her current work is focused on the innovation and governance of Chinese science parks, environmental planning and governance in China.

Yi Feng (Project coordinator)

Yi Feng is doing Ph.D. project at UCL under the supervision of Prof. Fulong Wu and Dr Fangzhu Zhang on financialization and urban governance transformation in China. Before entering UCL, Yi Feng had studied urban planning at the Nanjing University of China, where she got both Bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Benefiting from interdisciplinary training and urban planning practices in China, she has developed her interests in urban governance and land development.