- Quantitative Indicators, Policy Monitoring and Evaluation: housing, deprivation, local economic development, urban regeneration, spatial planning, and regional development
- Indicators and Governance: evidence-based policy making
- Policy Analysis and Application: socio-economic change, neighbourhood change, UK-national spatial planning framework, and housing needs and demand.
- Spatial Planning in China
(2016-18) Eco-Urbanisation: Promoting Sustainable Development in Metropolitan Regions of China, ESRC-NSFC Newton Fund Collaborative Research ‘Urban Transformations in China’ PI with Mark Baker, Adam Barker, Nuno Pinto and Richard Kingston and collaborate with The Chinese Academy of Sciences)
(2016-19) ‘Migration, Urbanisation and Governance in China’, University of Manchester China Research Fund (PI with Yaojun Li and Mark Baker)
(2016-17) Planning for Sustainable Urban Neighbour-hood Change, CUHK-UoM Research Fund (jointly with Professor Mee Kam Ng in CUHK)
(2015-16) Transportation and the socio-spatial equity dimensions of travel to work flows, ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (Co-I with Richard Kingston PI, Stephen Hincks and Brian Webb)
(2011) A Map for England: spatial expression of govenment policies and programme, the Royal Tonw Planning Institute.
(2010) Designing out crime in housing planning: the application of innovative spatial analytical techniques, EPSRC KTA Secondment Scheme, the University of Manchester.
(2009-2012) Euro-Chinese Urban and Regional B-Continental Research scheme (ECURBS): Funded by the EU (FP7-PEOPLE-IRSES-2008).
(2009-2010) Defining Housing Market Areas for England, National Housing and Planning Advisory Unit.
(2008-2011) Housing and Neighbourhood Monitoring, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
(2007-2010) The links between social change and change in urban environments, Homes and Communities Agency.