Zhigang LI


Zhigang LI is a professor of urban studies and planning at the Department of Urban Planning, School of Urban Design, Wuhan University, one of the top ten universities in mainland China. He also serves as the dean of the school after 2015. Before 2015, Prof LI worked at the School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China. Prof Li is serving as the chief editor of Transactions in Planning and Urban Research (2021-), the editor board member of International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and the Chinese editor for Urban Studies. He is the Bartlett Visiting Research Fellow of University College London, the Hallsworth Visiting Professor of the University of Manchester. As an urban geographer and planner, Professor Li works on the sociospatial transformation of urban China, with a focus on such issues as residential segregation, migration, community, redevelopment, urban governance, spatial planning, etc. Prof Li is known for his pioneering work on the study of African enclaves in China, the study of migrant neighborhoods such as urban villages across Chinese cities, and the redevelopment of urban space. He has published about 200 papers in English and Chinese journals such as Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Landscape and Urban Planning, Cities, Geoforum, IJURR, Antipode, Urban Geography, Urban Studies, Eurasian Geography and Economics, etc.. He has been the principal investigator of several research projects funded by China’s NSFC, including one Excellent Youth Foundation (2014). Professor Li holds China’s ‘National Award for Young Geographers’ (2011) and ‘National Award for Young Planners’ (2013).