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Hongsheng ( Joseph )Zhao MPhil (Cantab); BSSc (CUHK)

Hongsheng  ( Joseph )Zhao,   MPhil (Cantab); BSSc (CUHK)

PhD Student in Land Economy

[Principal Supervisor: Dr Shailaja Fennell]

Land Economy PhD Representative, 2019-2020

Technical Advisor on Migration, ASEAN Development Outlook

PhD Researcher, Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement

Convenor, Cambridge Chinese Migration Studies Group

Member, Cambridge Migration Society

House 16 Basement, Department of Land Economy, Silver Street, Cambridge
Office Phone: 07873530570


Joseph Hongsheng Zhao is a PhD student based in the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. He gained his first degree in Bachelor of Social Science in Urban Studies from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (1 Hon) with a Capstone Thesis on Hong Kong Homeless People before obtaining an MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration at Cambridge with a Merit dissertation on Planning Institutions in Hong Kong. He also served as a former Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore and a Lanson Exchange Scholar at McGill University, Canada. He was a visiting student at Yuanpei College at Peking University, Sun Yat-Sen University and James College at the University of York.

Termination details:

PhD Student in Land Economy
PhD Researcher, Centre for Global Human Movement
Principal Supervisor: Dr Shailaja Fennell

Research Interests

Migration Studies

Chinese Rural-Urban Migration

Urban Planning and Design

Urban Theories and Practice

Research Supervision

I am interested in the internal migrant workers in China between the rural area and different tiers of cities under the current household registration (hukou) system, especially their adaptations and impacts on the local culture and building environment.

I am an actively local research assistant based in Guangzhou, Dongguan, and Zhongshan in the academic year of 2020-2021.


Key Publications

Zhao, H. & Ng, M. K. (2020). An inclusive Hong Kong through public spaces for urban homeless. Proceeding of International Conference of Urbanism. Jakarta, 2019.

Other Publications

Zhao, H. & MacDonald, K. (2020). Planner’s practice of power under institutional codes: A case study of Hong Kong’s Lantau tomorrow vision (forthcoming).

Chen, L. & Zhao, H. (2020). Study on optimization of cultivated land pattern in Heilongjiang province based on cultivated land system security (forthcoming).

Wang, H., Liu, X., Fu, X. & Zhao, H. (2020). Spatial differentiation of land ecology-production-living carrying capacity in Chongqing city (forthcoming).