Professor Ya Ping Wang
- Chair in Global City Futures (Urban Studies)
Professor Ya Ping Wang is Chair in Global City Futures at the School of Social and Political Sciences and Director of GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC) (http://www.centreforsustainablecities.ac.uk/). He was Head of Urban Studies from 2013-2015. He is Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institutes (MRTPI).
Ya Ping studied Geography in Xi’an, China and Town Planning in Scotland. After gaining his PhD from Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot-Watt University in 1991, he worked there as post-doctoral research fellow, lecturer, reader in planning and housing, and professor in urban studies until 2012. He was the founding Director of Scottish Centre for Chinese Urban and Environmental Studies, based at Heriot-Watt University from 2007 to 2012.
Ya Ping’s research focuses on housing, urban planning, urban transformations, living conditions of rural to urban migrants in China and a number other developing countries in Asia and Africa. He is a well-known and influential researcher on Chinese housing and urban development. His research was supported by the UKRI, ESRC, DFID, British Academy, British Council, Leverhulme Trust, and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Apart from a series of international journal articles, Ya Ping is the author of Urban Poverty, Housing and Social Change in China (Routledge, 2004), co-author of Housing Policy and Practice in China (Macmillan and St Martin's Press, 1999, with Alan Murie) and Planning and Housing in the Rapidly Urbanising World (Routledge, 2007, with Paul Jenkins and Harry Smith).
- ‘The GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC)’, funded by UKRI/ESRC, £7.1 million, PI with over 50 researchers. SHLC is an international consortium of nine research partners aiming to strengthen capacity to address urbanisation and migration problems, health and education challenges in neighbourhoods in fast-growing cities in Africa and Asia. International partners include University of Glasgow, Human Sciences Research Council and University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, Ifakara Health Institute of Tanzania, Khulna University in Bangladesh, Nankai University in China, National Institute of Urban Affairs of India, University of Rwanda, University of the Philippines Diliman.
- ‘The Remaking of Chinese Urban Neighbourhoods: socio-spatial transformation and access to public services’, supported by ESRC £750,000 and National Natural Science Foundation of China - NSFC 2.5 million RMB, PI with over 20 researchers in Glasgow and Nankai University in China, 2016-2019.
- ESRC International Centre Partnerships China: Urban Transformation: ‘Urban Development, Migration, Segregation and Inequality’, supported by ESRC £160,000 and CASS – China Academy of Social Sciences, PI with over 20 academic researchers from University of Glasgow, University of Sheffield and Institute of Urban Development and Environmental Studies of CASS, 2015-2019.
- ‘Village Lead Land and Property Development in China’, supported by Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, $15,000, with Professor Yanglin Wang from Beijing University, China, 2013-14
- ‘Urbanisation Process and its Environmental Impacts in Yingchuan Plain’ with Dr J. Gong; and ‘Oasis Formation Process and Driving Forces in the Beida River catchment area in the last 30 years’ with Professor J.M. Zhang (both at Lanzhou University), supported by the Ministry of Education, China: Chunhui Project, 2012-14
- ‘Housing market performance in small cities and towns in China’, supported by Peking University – Lincoln Institute Centre for Urban Development and Land Policy, Research Fellowship, 2010-2011.
- ‘Urban sprawl and landless farmers in major Chinese cities’, supported by Leverhulme Trust, Research Fellowship, 2007-2009
- ‘Housing for Rural Migrants in Chinese Cities: the case study of Shenzhen’, supported by British Academy (Larger Research Grant Scheme), with Professor Yanglin Wang and Professor Jianshen Wu from Beijing University, China, 2005-2007.
- ‘Housing Reform and Provision in State Owned Enterprises in China’, supported by British Council, 2002-2003.
- ‘Social Implications of Urban Reform in China: A case study of housing for the poor in Shenyang and Chongqing’, Supported by ESCOR of DFID, with Professor Y Dai (Liaoning University) and Professor H Long (Chongqing University), 1999-2001.
- ‘Housing reform and its impact on the urban poor in China’, supported by British Academy, 1998-1999.
- ‘Urban housing policy and reform in China’, supported by ESRC, with Professor Alan Murie, 1995-1997 (project rated ‘Outstanding’ by the ESRC).
I am willing to supervise PhD research on housing and planning related topics in China and Developing countries.
Current research students:
- Preeti Dagar: Creating sustainable livelihood and entrepreneurship opportunities through skills development for refugees in urban neighbourhoods in India (2018- Co-Supervisor)
- Weikai Wang: The Production, Evolution and Reconfiguration of Polycentric Urban Landscapes in Transitional China: A Case Study of Tianjin (2016 First Supervisor).
- Liyuan Zhuang: Neighbourhood Attachment and Social participation in Chinese Cities: A Case Study of Chengdu (2015- Secondary Supervisor).
Past Research Students:
- Youliang Guo: Urban Village Redevelopment in Guangzhou (CSC student, 2014, Co-supervisor)
- Yan Wang: Social Housing Policy in Inland Chinese Cities, case study of Yingchuan City (2011-2015 second supervisor)
- Huifang (Linda) Cong: Urban Villages and their redevelopment in Chinese Cities a case study of Weihai in Shandong Province (2011- 12 first, from 2013 second supervisor) Heriot-Watt University Studentship.
- Aljabri, Hanan A: The effectiveness of the planning process in creating sustainable, high-quality urban design in Oman (2011-12, first supervisor)
- Yiti WANG: Social housing policy development in China, (SCS student with the School of Architecture in Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2009-2012, co-supervisor)
- Md. Ashiq-Ur-Rahman: Housing the Urban Poor in Bangladesh: A Study of Housing Conditions, Policies and Organisations (2009-2012, first supervisor) Heriot-Watt University Studentship.
- Wenhao Xuan: Affordable Housing Provision in UK and China (SCS student with the School of Architecture in Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2007-2009, co-supervisor)
- Tanjil Sowgat: Pro-poor planning in Bangladesh: A Case Study of Khulna city (2007-2012, first supervisor) Heriot-Watt University Studentship.
- Yun Qian: Urban Regeneration and Community Development in China and Britain, (2005-2009, first supervisor), ORS award and Heriot-Watt University James Watt Scholarship.
- Juan Jing: Prospects and Problems of High-Rise Housing Estates in China – a case study of Shenzhen, with references in experiences in Europe, (2004-08, first supervisor) ORS award and Heriot-Watt University James Watt Scholarship.
PhD thesis external examinations
Examined over 25 PhD thesis in a number of world leading universities, including: Amsterdam, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, City University of Hong Kong, Heriot-Watt, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kent, King’s College of London, Liverpool, London School of Economics and Political Science, Manchester, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield, The University of Hong Kong, UCL and Utrecht University.
Ya Ping teaches courses on global cities and international comparative planning and housing policies.
- Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS)
- Chartered Member of Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI)
- Fellow of Royal Geographical Society (RGS/IBG)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of the Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (Member of Directors)
- Member of Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research
- Member of the Urban China Research International Network (UCRIN)
External Appointments and Research Fellowships
- University Grants Committee (UGC) of Hong Kong: Member of the Standing Review Board for the Social Science Penal (2012), Member of Sub-Panel II: Social Sciences (2013).
- Hong Kong Baptist University: International Fellow of, hosted by the Geography Department and David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies. February to May, 2011.
- Peking University – Lincoln Institute Centre for Urban Development and Land Policy: Visiting Research Fellowship, 2010-2011.
- University of Westminster: external examiner for the International Planning and Sustainable Development MA programme, 2010-2013.
- Leverhulme Trust: Research Fellowship, 2007-2009.
- Natural Science Foundation of China (Main research funding body in China): International Expert for the Research Grant Review Panel for the Division I of Earth Science (Geography) 2005.
- Xi’an Jiaotong University: Visiting Professor, hosted by the Real Estate Research Centre, 2008.
- Pearl River Delta Planning and Development Study Project, Member of the Advisory Committee 2005-2007.
- Pacific Asia Network for Housing Research: Joint Co-ordinator for ‘Social Housing Reform in Asia-Pacific’ research group, 2002-2004.
- Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, and The Financial and Economic Committee of the National People’s Congress, P.R. China: Invited international expert at The International Conference of Public Housing Policy System, October 2009 (sponsored by GTZ Germany).
Journal Editing and Management Board Membership
- Housing Studies: Member of the Management Board (from 2005-2016) and Reviews Editor (2006-2010), International Advisory Board Member (2016-)
- International Journal of Housing Policy, Member of the Advisory Committee (from May 2010)
- Asian Geographer: Member of International Editorial Advisory Board (from 2011)
- Housing Studies (in Chinese published in Taiwan): Member of Management Committee, (since 2006)
- Community Design (in Chinese): Member of the Editorial Committee (2011-)