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 green bonds market development in China and UK and the role of UK-China collaboration in this area.
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
BENVGUE2 Managing the City Economy BENVGUE3 Practice
in Urban Economic Development Primary supervisor of
PhD Students "The Impact of the Clustering of Direct Foreign Investment on Urban
Economic Development in Qingdao: The case of the electronics industry"
BENVGUE2 Managing the City Economy
BENVGUE3 Practice in Urban Economic Development
Primary supervisor of PhD Students
"The Impact of the Clustering of Direct Foreign Investment on Urban Economic Development in Qingdao: The case of the electronics industry" (completed)
"The Impact of Fiscal Decentralisation and Market Transition on Local Public Finance in China: Fiscal inadequacy and unmet social security needs" (completed)
"Financial Statism as an Alternative Interventionist Approach in Developing International Financial Centres: The case of Shanghai" (completed)
"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" (on-going)
"Back to the City Movement in Latin America: Assessing the economic and social impact of densification through repopulation of inner cities at the local level" (on-going)
"A Push for Industrialisation? Investigating the Effects of China's FDI through Special Economic Zone in Ethiopia" (on-going)
Applications from prospective PhD students in the following research areas are welcome:
1). Low-carbon transitions
2). International financial centres and global city formation in emerging economies
3). The role of the city economy in urban sustainability
4). Municipal finance and green finance
- University of London
- PhD, Planning studies | 1991
Le-Yin Zhang is Professor of Urban Economic Development and Co-director 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.