Friday, 22 of June of 2018


Weiping Wu is a professor and chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers University, and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Tsinghua University (China). She is a former editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, and a visiting Zijiang Chair Professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai. At Tufts, she also is a senior fellow in the Council for Emerging Market Enterprises at The Fletcher School, and the coordinator of the undergraduate Minor in Urban Studies program. Previously, she was a professor of urban studies and planning and international studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, a consultant to the World Bank, and a fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She also serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Urban Affairs, Open Urban Studies Journal, Journal of Urban and Regional Planning (Chinese), and World Regional Studies (Chinese).

Her research is concerned with how infrastructure is financed through capital markets and institutional investment, how migration affects the socio-spatial reconfiguration of cities, and how higher education transfers knowledge and innovation to industry. With a record of substantial scholarly and publication activities (in books, articles, chapters, and policy and consultant reports), she contributes to a better understanding of urban dynamics in developing countries, and China in particular. Methodologically, she combines large-scale surveys, in-depth interviews, and statistical and spatial analysis. The National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and World Bank have provided funding support for her research. She has (co)authored and co-edited six books, the most recent published by Routledge titled The Chinese City.

Complete curriculum vitae (updated August 2014)

New Book:  The Chinese City (Weiping Wu and Piper Gaubatz), published by Routledge. Read an introductory piece in The European Financial Review, listen to PRI on urban cultures in Shanghai, and view a presentation on YouTube.

Header image from CD-ROM A City of Cathay by Lee & Lee Communications, USA.