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Daniel Yonto

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Dr. Daniel Anthony Yonto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool Univesrity (XJTLU), China. He received his Ph.D. in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA. He began his career as a Lecturer in the Department of Geology and Geography at Georgia Southern University and later at the University of Alabama, USA. In 2022, he was assigned to XJTLU as an Assistant Professor and, in 2023, he received his first major grant to engage in urban development dynamics in Southeast Asia. 

Research interests

Daniel's primary research interests include the following:

  • Neighborhood Change/Gentrification
  • Southeast Asian Cities
  • Urban Development
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Human Geography


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning Design, XJTLU
  • Lecturer, Department of Geography, The University of Alabama
  • Lecturer, Department of Geology Geography, Georgia Southern University 


Courses Taught at XJTLU

  • UPD 312 - Spatial Project 
  • UPD 310 - International Planning Studies
  • UPD 305 - Final Year Project 
  • UPD 201 - Environmental Sustainability

Courses taught at The University of Alabama

  • Human Geography
  • Cultural Geography
  • World Regional Geography

Courses taught at Georgia Southern University

  • Human Geography
  • Cultural Geography
  • World Regional Geography
  • Political and Cultural Ecology
  • Nature and Society
  • Political Geography
  • Geography of Africa
  • Geography of ASEAN
  • Geography of Europe
  • Geography of Latin America

Awards and honours

  • Khmer Language and Culture Fellowship
  • Professor of the Week, Georgia Southern University Athletics
  • Young Scholar Award, Social Science Education Consortium 

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, 2004, Marymount University

Master, 2013, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

PhD, 2021, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Person Types

  • Staff


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