Urban Specialist and China Scholar


Weiping Wu is a Professor in the programs of Urban Studies and Planning, and International Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a consultant to the World Bank. During 2005-2007, she was a fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in 1993-1994, a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellow in 1998-1999, and a consultant to the Ford Foundation in 2001. She received her Ph.D. in urban planning and policy development from Rutgers University in 1996.

Dr. Wu conducts research and publishes widely in the areas of urban economic geography, local innovation and university-industry linkage, migrant housing and settlement, and China's urban development. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has (co)authored and co-edited four books, including Pioneering Economic Reform in China's Special Economic Zones, The Dynamics of Urban Growth in Three Chinese Cities, Local Dynamics in a Globalizing World, and Facets of Globalization: International and Local Dimensions of Development. She has published more than 30 journal articles and book chapters as well. She has been a member of the advisory board for the Urban China Research Network since its inception. Currently she is an editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Complete curriculum vitae (updated May 2010)

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