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Rui Wang is the UPD Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China, a Suzhou Industrial Park International Leading Academic Talent, and a Publishing Mentor for the Urban Affairs Association. In October 2023, he was ranked among 16 scientists in China with career-long impact in the urban regional planning field in Stanfords list of Worlds Top 2% Scientists 2022. Professor Wang specializes in the public policy analysis for efficient, sustainable and inclusive urban development. His research appears in multiple disciplinary areas and has been covered in the Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Los Angeles Times and New York Times. Professor Wang gave talks at the China Finance 40 Forum, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, RAND, World Bank, and numerous academic conferences and institutions. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Urban Affairs, Transport Research Part D, Springer Natures Discover Cities, Buildings, and US Department of Transportations Journal of Transportation Statistics. He has also consulted for Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the World Bank.Professor Wangs Google Scholar profile can be accessed at:

Research interests

Policy Analysis

Urban Planning

Public Management


UPD Professor - XJTLU

Associate Professor - Johns Hopkins

Assistant Professor - UCLA

Awards and honours

Suzhou Industrial Park International Leading Academic Talent, 2019

Yeung Family Scholar (inaugural recipient), School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 2017

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Best Valuation Paper Award, Asian Real Estate Society, 2014

Vasa Cube Undergraduate Teaching Award, UCLA, 2014

Faculty Career Development Award, UCLA, 2010

Taubman Urban Prize, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2008

Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard University, 2007‐08

Dissertation Fellowship in Urban Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2006-07

Hefner China Internship Fund Scholarship, Asia Programs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2005

Ph.D. Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, 2004‐06

Summer Research Fellowship, Resources for the Future, 2004

International Development Internship Fund Scholarship, Harvard Center for International Development, 2003

Doctoral Fellowship in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2002‐04

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Public Policy (2008), Harvard University

MSc (2002), BSc & BA (2000), Peking University

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