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 at the Development Planning Unit(DPU), UCL.
She has a first degree (BSc inGeography) 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; Universityof Greenwich, UK. She has also served as a consultant for a varietyof international organisations and national and local governments (see Achievements for details).
She is a development economist specialised in economic development andmanagement of cities. Her publications range from inward foreign directinvestment, industrialisation and clustering; Chinese economic reform, thecentral-local fiscal relationship and economic development in Shanghai;relationships between climate change,industrialisation, the green economy, low-carbon transitions and citydevelopment strategies (for a full publications list, go to the tabPublications above). She is the author of Managing the CityEconomy: Challenges and Strategies in Developing Countries (Routledge,2015) and Conducting and Financing Low-carbon Transitions in China: A governmentality perspective (Edward Elgar, 2021), and a co-editor of Finance for City Leaders Handbook (UN-Habitat,2016).
She has teaching, research and consultancy experiences in mainland China, HongKong, Taiwan, Germany, Egypt, Iran, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, as well as the UK.