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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

Summary of Research Interests

Development control, urban regeneration, land value capture


PhD Thesis Title

Development Control in Transitional Urban China from an Institutional Perspective

Shanghai in the ‘era of redevelopment’ as case study


Supervisors and Advisor

Dr. Gemma Burgess and Dr. Franziska Sielker (Supervisors); Dr. Helen Bao (Advisor)


Start Date

Michaelmas 2019

End Date

Easter 2022


Wolfson College



Ph.D. Candidate, University of Cambridge (2019–present)

MPhil in Planning, Growth, and Regeneration, University of Cambridge (2018–2019)

  • Graduate with Merit

MEng in Urban and Rural Planning, Tongji University (2015–2018)

  • Top 3% of Graduating Class

BEng in Urban Planning, Tongji University (2011–2015)


Awards and Scholarships

  • China National Scholarship for Postgraduate Students (2016)

Teaching and Research Experience

  • Research Assistant, Professor Zilai Tang, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University (2015-2016)


Articles and Book Chapters

  • Li, J. and Tang, Z. (2018) Design control from the perspective of public policy – a comparative study between Shanghai and Hong Kong. Urban Planning Forum, 2018(6), 46-53. [In Chinese]

Conference Presentations

  • 18th International Planning History Society Conference (Yokohama, Japan), “The paradox of community planning in Shanghai Quyang New Village: providing better service space in a formally micro-rayon in three decades” (2018)
  • IV World Planning School Congress (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), “A study on trip mobility deprivation of residents in migrant community in the urban fringe of Shanghai metropolitan area” (2016)


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