Dr Joseph Zhao

  • Tutor in Urban Studies (Urban Studies)

email: Hongsheng.Zhao@glasgow.ac.uk
pronouns: He/him/his

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I am an early career university teacher and scholar based at Urban Studies, University of Glasgow, Scotland. Professionally self-defined as an entrepreneurial urbanist, I endeavoured to develop research impact by conducting authentic research from field, delivering effective teaching at university, and building up intellectual communities in the UK and globally.

I adopted mixed method to explore human mobility in urban context, with a regional focus on east and southeast Asia. My work has been recognised by an Early Career Best Presentation Prize from Regional Studies Association International- British and Irish section, as well as by secured research grant, bursaries and scholarship that accumulated to the amount £120, 000.


Joseph contribute to lectures, tutorials, and assessment to the following course in the academic year of 2023-2024 at Urban Studies, University of Glasgow:

  • URBAN 5080 Governance & Market
  • URBAN 5081 Contempoary Planning System
  • URBAN 5037 Development Process

Joseph has contributed to postgraduate-level supervisions at Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge on Urban and Housing Policy (2021-2022; 2022-2023) as well as Land Policy & Development Economics (2022-2023). 

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Joseph’s current and previous services include:

  • Founder & Research Officer, CU-Urban Cluster (CUUC) Joint Team |CUUC Academic Consultation

  • Founder & Convenor (2019), Co-convenor (2021-2022) and then Honorary Convenor (2023-), Cambridge Chinese Migration Studies Group, Cambridge Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement

  • Co-Editor & Reviewer, Regional Science Policy & Practice (RSPP, JCR Q2), Special Issue on Chinese Migration, Diaspora & Mobility

  • Reviewer, Journal of Urban Management (JCR Q1)

  • Postgraduate Fellow (2020) then Associate Fellow (2021-), Royal Geographical Society (RGS)

  • Undergraduate Adminission Interview Panel for Land Economy, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge (2021,2022)
  • Project Assistant (2019), Project Manager (2020), then National Executive Committee Member in Regional Development (2021), UK Federation of Chinese Professionals

  • Advisory Board Member (2023-), Excellence First Education Consultation, UK

  • Career Mentor, Sun Yat-Sen University UK Alumni Association (2022-)

  • PhD Representative in Land Economy (2019-2020), University of Cambridge

  • Athena Swan then EDI Committee (2020-2022), Student Member, Land Economy Cambridge

  • Committee Member (2019-2020), Deputy Head (2020-2021), then Head (2021-2022), Division of Visiting Scholar & Exchange Students, CSSA Cambridge

  • NHBE Research Group Cambridge Chapter Steering Committee Member (2018-2019)

  • Committee Member (2023-), Division of Academic & Career, CSSA Glasgow

  • Academic Officer (2015-2016), Mainland Students Association, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Research & Teaching Assistant, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore (2018)

  • Project Manager (2016-2018), Think Tank III, Hong Kong Public Space Initiative (HKPSI)

  • Community Relationship Manager Assistant (2015), Clean Air Network Hong Kong

  • Early Career Member, Regional Studies Association (RSA)

  • Student Member, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

  • Student Member, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)