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Yunqing Xu

Senior Associate Professor

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Dr Yunqing Xu joined the Department of Urban Planning and Design since 2013. She is also the Director for University Research Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (UES). She got her PhD in real estate management from Oxford Brookes University, UK. Previous work experience include international organisation (UN-HABITAT headquarter in Kenya, Africa), university visiting lecturer (Oxford Brookes and Northumbria), senior research consultant for property companies (Winkworth Franchising, UK and Zerstart, China). Her expertise lies in planning and property development, land and housing policies, property-led urban (re)development, discretionary planning, sustainable and livable cities. Dr Xu also serves as procurement selective review expert for Suzhou government.She welcomes enquiries for PhD supervision in the below areas of research interests.

Research interests

Urban planning and property development; discretionary planning; transfer of development rights

Incentive-based urban regeneration; property-led urban (re)development; sustainable city and assessment

Enclave economy; regional coordinated development; knowledge transfer

Housing and livability; housing policies; land and housing market


Lecturer, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) - 2013

Senior Research Consultant, Winkworth Franchising Ltd. - 2013 to 2014

Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK - 2012 to 2013

Vice President Director of Low Carbon and Sustainable Development, Chinese Built Environment Experts (C-BEEs) - 2012 to Present

Researcher, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Nairobi, Kenya - 2011 to 2012

Committee Member, Public Relations Officer, Chinese Property Professionals Society (CPPS), UK - 2009 to 2010

Programme Manager, Oxford Cultural Exchange Centre (OCEC), Oxford, UK - 2009 to 2011

Director and Principle Trainer, Zerstart Vocational Training School, Suzhou, China - 2006 to 2008


UPD315 Planning Practice Studio

UPD106 Issues and Practice of Planning in China II

UPD105 Urban and Environmental Economics

UPD311 Planning and Property Development

UPD310 International Planning Studies

UPD305 Final Year Project and Dissertation Supervision

UPD409 Master Dissertation Supervision

Awards and honours

2023, Third Prize of Kaifeng Municipal Government Decision Research Project Award, research report on integrated development of health, tourism and culture

2022, Second Prize of the 2021 Jiangsu Social Science Applied Research Outstanding Project Award, book publication on Future Suzhou

2017, The Second prize of The Third Outstanding Achievement Award of Applied Social Science Projects, Publicity Department of CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee.

2016, The Third Paper Prize of the 10th Chinese Real Estate Academic Symposium, China Institute of Real Estate Appraisers and Agents (CIREA) and Chinese Real Estate Scholars Association

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow (Distinction) of Higher Education Academy, UK - 2018

Certified Real Estate Appraiser, China - 2013

Ph.D. , Oxford Brookes University, Oxford - 2012

M.Sc , Oxford Brookes University, Oxford - UK - 2005

B.A. , Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China - 2004

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