Dr Amy Zhang

Lecturer in Urban Planning

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Dr Amy Yueming Zhang is a Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on urban politics and governance, urban knowledge and policy mobilities, postcolonial urban theory, and state-society relations of China. Amy’s current and previous work has looked into urban political economy of arts and creativity as well as land commodification in Chinese cities. Her research has been funded by the British Academy, IJURR Foundation, and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and has appeared in Urban Geography, Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and Geoforum. She contributes to teaching in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in urban planning.


Amy joined the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in Urban Planning in October 2019. Prior to Manchester, she worked as a Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham (2017-2019) and as an Adjunct Teaching Professor in the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2016). She holds a PhD in geography from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University (2016) and a MPhil in geography from the Department of Geography at The University of Hong Kong (2012).


PhD, Geography, Clark University, August 2016

MPhil, Geography, The University of Hong Kong, November 2012

Bachelor of Management, Urban and Regional Management, Peking University, July 2009

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Member, American Association of Geographers

Member, Regional Studies Association

Areas of expertise

  • G Geography (General) - Urban Geography, Urban politics and governance, Political Economy, Art and creativity

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Doctor of Philosophy Clark University
  • 2012 - Master of Philosophy University of Hong Kong
  • 2009 - Bachelor of Arts Peking University

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