Dr Helen Zheng

Lecturer in Planning & Enviro Management

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I am a Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Management. I joined The University of Manchester as a Research Associate in 2017. In 2019, I was awarded the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, working on a three-year research project - 'Can spatial decentralisation achieve sustainable urbanisation?'.  

The first strand of my research focuses on sustainable urbanisation in China. I apply research methods such as spatial analysis, statistical modelling, and big data analytics to understand various issues such as green infrastructure planning, community well-being, mobility, and jobs-housing relationships in the context of rapid urbanisation in China.  

The second strand of my research points to decision-making support by developing different indicators and simulation models with the support of various data. In this area, I use dynamic modelling, simulation methods, and quantitative indicators to support decision and policy making at different spatial scales.

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2017 - Doctor of Philosophy, A Multi-scale Decision Support Framework for Sustainable Urban Renewal in High-density Cities: A Case of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2012 - 2017)
  • 2012 - Bachelor of Science, Urban and Rural Planning, Nanjing University (2008 - 2012)

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