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Dr Le-Yin Zhang
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34 Tavistock Square
London
WC1H 9EZ
Tel: 020 7679 5809
Fax: 020 7679 1112
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Development Planning Unit
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

Le-Yin Zhang is a Senior Lecturer and 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, She 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.

She is a development economist specialised in economic development and the 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.

Research Summary

 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:
1). The role of the state in urban low-carbon transitions
2). Economic development strategies for cities
3). Municipal finance and green finance


Le-Yin is involved in a DFID-funded research programme on Urbanisation in Nigeria, exploring two different issues: 1) industrial development and civic leadership; 2) economic knowledge in the informal economy.

Teaching Summary

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 Finacial 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)

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

Appointments
01-SEP-2008 Senior Lecturer Department Planning Unit University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1997 – 31-AUG-2008 Lecturer Development Planning Unit University College London, United Kingdom
1994 – 31-AUG-1997 Research Fellow School of Humanities University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
1993 – 1994 Research Associate Department of Economics and Statistics University of Constance, Germany
SEP-1983 – AUG-1985 Research Officer Office of Teaching Studies Education Commission of Zhejiang Provincial Government, China
SEP-1983 – AUG-1985 Assistant lecturer Geography Zhejiang Institute of Education, China
Academic Background
1991 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Planning studies University of London
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