Prof Le-Yin Zhang
Professor of Urban Economic Development
Development Planning Unit
Faculty of the Built Environment
- Joined UCL
- 1st Sep 1997
Le-Yin has wide-ranging research interests, covering urbanisation, globalisation, climate change and macro-economic reform and their effects on cities; the role of the state in economic development and global/world city formation; climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies in developing countries in general and their cities in particular.
Her current research activities focus on the low-carbon transition in China and governmentality.
Her research also investigates:
1). The role of the state in urban low-carbon transitions
2). Economic development strategies for cities
3). Municipal finance and green finance
- 'Evaluating the Effects of Halal Standards and their Implementation on the Development of Halal Agro-food Businesses in the Context of Islamic Governance in Brunei'
- 'Back to the City Movement in Latin America: Assessing the economic impact of densification through repopulation of inner cities at the local level'
- 'Policy Learning at Work: Investigating the Development of Ethiopia's Industrial Zones Programme with Engagements from China'
- Low-carbon transition
- Urban economic development strategies
- Urban sustainability
- Green finance or municipal finance
- University of London
- Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1991
Le-Yin Zhang is Professor of Urban Economic Development and Programme Co-leader of MSc Urban Economic Development at the Development Planning Unit (DPU), UCL.
She has a first degree (BSc in
Geography) from the Beijing Normal University and a PhD (in Planning Studies)
from the University of London.
Before joining UCL in 1997, Le-Yin had previously worked on full-time basis for: Zhejiang Institute of Education, PRC; Constance University, Germany; University of Greenwich, UK. She has also served as a consultant for a variety of international organisations and national and local governments (see Achievements for details).
She is a development economist specialised in economic development and management of cities. Her publications range from inward foreign direct investment, industrialisation and clustering; Chinese economic reform, the central-local fiscal relationship and economic development in Shanghai; relationships between climate change, industrialisation, the green economy, low-carbon transitions and city development strategies (for a full publications list, go to the tab Publications above). She is the author of Managing the City Economy: Challenges and Strategies in Developing Countries (Routledge, 2015) and a co-editor of Finance for City Leaders Handbook (UN-Habitat, 2016).
She has teaching, research and consultancy experiences in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany, Egypt, Iran, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, as well as the UK.