Yunqing Xu

Profile

Dr Yunqing Xu joined the Department of Urban Planning and Design since 2013. She is also the Director for University Research Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (UES). https://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/en/research/research-centres/ues/

She got her PhD in real estate management from Oxford Brookes University, UK. Previous work experience include international organisation (UN-HABITAT headquarter in Kenya, Africa), university visiting lecturer (Oxford Brookes and Northumbria), senior research consultant for property companies (Winkworth Franchising, UK and Zerstart, China).

Her expertise lies in planning and property development, investment and management, land and housing policies, China’s property-led urban (re)development, and sustainable and livable cities. Dr Xu also serves as procurement selective review expert for Suzhou government.

She welcomes enquiries for PhD supervision in the below areas of research interests.
  • Qualifications

    • Fellow (Distinction) of Higher Education Academy, UK - 2018
    • Certified Real Estate Appraiser, China - 2013
    • Ph.D. , Oxford Brookes University, Oxford - 2012
    • M.Sc , Oxford Brookes University, Oxford - UK - 2005
    • B.A. , Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China - 2004
  • Experience

    • Senior Research Consultant, Winkworth Franchising Ltd. - 2013 to 2014
    • Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK - 2012 to 2013
    • Managing Director, Zerstart Consulting LLP, Oxford, UK - 2012 to 2013
    • Vice President & Director of Low Carbon and Sustainable Development, Chinese Built Environment Experts (C-BEEs) - 2012 to Present
    • Researcher, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Nairobi, Kenya - 2011 to 2012
    • Committee Member, Public Relations Officer, Chinese Property Professionals Society (CPPS), UK - 2009 to 2010
    • Programme Manager, Oxford Cultural Exchange Centre (OCEC), Oxford, UK - 2009 to 2011
    • Director and Principle Trainer, Zerstart Vocational Training School, Suzhou, China - 2006 to 2008
    • Research Assistant, Department of Real Estate and Construction, Oxford Brookes University, UK - 2005 to 2007
  • Research interests

    • Housing and urbanisation, land and housing market, affordable housing provision, property and urban policies
    • Planning and property development, public intervention (policy/tax/discretionary planning), property investment and management, urban governance
    • Property-led urban (re)development, sustainable cities, regional sustainability and coordination
  • Articles

    • Xu,Y. Building Suzhou into an international metropolis: International comparison, Suzhou Development and Reform (in Chinese), vol 3. 2019. pp49-53
    • Xu, Y, Keivani, R & Cao, A. Urban sustainability indicators re-visited: lessons from property-led urban development in China. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, vol36 (4), 2018, pp308-322. DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2018.1447735.
    • Xu, Y. Property tax reform and property valuation practice in UK: Lesson for China, Real Estate Information of China (in Chinese), vol 9, 2016, pp21-24.
    • Xu, Y. Green building cluster: key to China’s green building industrialisation?, Sustainable Buildings and Structures, Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Sustainable Building and Structure, Suzhou, China, 30-31 October, Edited by Wilkinson, S. et al., CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015, pp.261-268.
    • Xu, Y. Case studies on green building clusters in Portland, Seattle and Lower Austria, China Real Estate (in Chinese), vol 5, 2015, pp29-37.
    • Xu, Y. Urbanisation and real estate: reflection of the urban development model in Chinese cities. Urban Development (in Chinese), vol 5, 2013, 54-55.
  • Proceedings

    • 1. Xu, Y. & Liu, C. (2019) How to realize smart cities? A ‘Smart+’ Strategy of development and construction, the 24th Annual Conference of Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES), Shenzhen, China, 7-10 July
    • 2. Xu, Y. & Zhong, S. (2019) An institutional study on discretionary planning: towards qualify of life in compact housing development, the 11th Annual Conference of Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC), Shanghai, China, 12-14 July
    • 3. Xu, Y. & Zhong, S. (2019) To incentivise desired housing development towards greater liveability? Exploration for a more proactive role of planning in China, the 20th Year Anniversary of Urban China Research Network (UCRN), Nanjing, China, 21-23 June
    • Xu, Y, Cao, A & Liu, C. (2018) Housing purchase control: A temporary administrative tool or a long-term strategy? The case of Suzhou, the 23rd Annual Conference of Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES), Incheon, South Korea, 8-11 July
    • Xu, Y & Cao, A (2017) Housing investment and house prices in China: an institutional analysis with Suzhou as a case study, the 24th Annual Conference of the European Real Estate Society (ERES), Delft, Netherlands, 28 June - 1 July
    • Xu, Yu & Li, Y (2016) Impact analysis of the location of affordable housing for talented workers in Suzhou, China, the 10th Chinese Real Estate Academic Symposium - Annual Conference of Chinese University Real Estate Scholars Association, Beijing, China, 22-23 October
    • Xu, Y & Zhou, L (2016) Five-star overseas investment evaluative framework and its application on the housing markets of four British cities, the 8th Annual Conference of Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC), Hangzhou, China, 1-3 July
    • Xu, Y (2015) Quantity and quality development in the property sector under the property-led urban development model in China, the 7th Annual Conference of Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC), Washington D.C., USA, 6-9 July
    • Xu, Y (2015) Green building cluster: an important means for developing low-carbon economy, Conference on Development Zone Transformation and City Innovation Development, Suzhou, China, 29-30 June
    • Xu, Y (2014) An Institutional study on the multi-dimensional urban impacts of property-led urban development in China, the 19th Annual Conference of Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES), Gold Coast, Australia, 13-16 July
    • Zhou, L. Lin, H. & Xu, Y (2014) New challenges for urban regeneration in China: a case study of Nanjing waterfront development, the 6th Annual Conference of Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC), Nanjing, China, 10-12 July
    • Xu, Y & Feng, C (2013) Is a transition from the property-led towards a plan-led urban growth plausible for a more sustainable urban development in China? A lesson from the UK experience, the 5th Annual Conference of Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC), Beijing, China, 5-7 July
    • Xu, Y & Zhang, X (2012) Challenges and reforms of China’s property industry, the 4th Annual Conference of Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC), Macau, China, 3-5 July
    • Zhou, L & Xu, Y (2012) Application of PPP in social housing programmes: the UK experience, the 4th Annual Conference of Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC), Macau, China, 3-5 July
    • Xu, Y, Cao, A & Keivani, R (2008) Development of a property-related evaluative framework for urban sustainability: under the property-led urban development model in China, the 13th Annual Conference of Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES), Shanghai, China, 12-15 July
    • Xu, Y, Cao, A & Keivani, R (2008) Can the property-led urban development model promise China a sustainable future? An analytical framework for property-related urban sustainability, the 24th Annual Conference of the American Real Estate Society (ARES), Florida, USA, 17-20 April
    • Chen, G, Zheng, H & Xu, Y (2005) A discussion on the combined mode of practicing, learning and researching in real estate appraisal organisation: the case of Suzhou Zerstart, International Property Valuation Forum, Xi’an, China, 17-18 October
  • Books, monographs, compilations and manuals

    • Kim, J.S., Xu, Y., Zhong, S., Chung, H-C, Li, B., and Zhang, C. Food and city: A smarter and greener approach towards urban regeneration - a case of Suzhou Industrial Park, China (in Chinese), Shanghai: Academia Press. 2018
    • Xu, Y. Property-led urban development in China: role, impact and future, United States: Scholars’ Press. 2013
  • Chapters, cases, readings and supplements

    • Xu, Yunqing 2017, 'Property-led urban growth, institutional change and urban sustainability: The case of China in an international perspective' in (eds) Sustainable Cities in Asia, Routledge, pp.
  • Conference presentations

    • “Sustainable urban development: international practices and suggestions”, invited talk, Expert Symposium and Consultation Meeting on Building Suzhou into An International Metropolis (held by Suzhou Development and Reform Committee, 8 November 2018.
    • “Development and construction of smart city: the case of Songdo New U-City”, invited talk and session chair on Development and Construction of Spongy City and Smart City, the 2nd International Conference on Water Ecological Civilization and Green Urban-rural Integration Development, Suzhou, China, 27-28 October 2018.
    • “A greener and more inclusive approach towards urban regeneration – a case of Suzhou Industrial Park, China”, invited and funded talk, China-UK Urban Regeneration and Sustainable Communities Leadership Workshop, Xi’an, China, 28 June 2018.
    • “Development prospect of urban agriculture in China”, invited talk, International Conference on Water Ecological Civilization and Green Livable Characteristic Town Development, Suzhou, China, 29 October 2017.
    • “The city explorer: International field trip as a teaching tool for active learning in a research-led university in China”, presentation and session chair, International Conference on Planning and Design Education in the Context of China’s New-Type Urbanisation, Suzhou, China, 2 June 2017.
    • “Rethinking the international experience on property tax valuation”, invited talk, Symposium on Property Tax Valuation (held by CIREA and Sino-City Valuation), Shanghai, China, 19 November 2014.
    • “Property-led urban development and urban sustainability in China - research achievements and future plans”, funded PhD graduate, The 5th Annual Conference of Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC), Beijing, China, 5 July 2013.
    • “Sustainability challenges for Chinese cities”, invited talk, China Europe 2020 – Climate Change Conference, Birmingham, 17 April 2013.
    • “China’s sustainable future: the role of property and construction sector”, invited talk, CPPS Seminar on Sustainable Built Environment Solutions, London, 20 July 2010.
  • Grants

    • Joon Sik Kim, Yunqing Xu (Co-Investigator), Hyungchul Chung & Lin Lin, Life and Death of Urban Commercial Centres in Suzhou: Empowering Vitality through Big Data, XJTLU Key Program Special Fund, RMB 200,000, 2019
    • Joon Sik Kim, Yunqing Xu (Co-Investigator), Lin Lin and Hyungchul Chung, Urban Service Accessibility in the Digital Age: the Experience of Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou China, SURF, XJTLU, RMB 10,000, 2019
    • Yunqing Xu (Principle Investigator), A Comparative Study on Discretionary Planning for Liveable Cities in Canada and China, REF, XJTLU, RMB50,000, 2018
    • Yunqing Xu (Principal Investigator), EU Erasmus, Higher Education Staff Mobility Programme, 2017
    • Joon Sik Kim, Yunqing Xu (Co-Investigator), Sheng Zhong, Hyungchul Chung, Bailiang Li and Cheng Zhang, Seed Fund of Research Institute (RIFC), Smart Urban Agriculture for SIP 4.0: an innovative approach towards the sustainable transformation of Suzhou Industrial Park, XJTLU, RMB 100,000, 2017
    • Yunqing Xu (Principal Investigator), Reforms on the property-led urban development for sustainable urbanisation in China, RDF, XJTLU, RMB 30,000, 2014
    • Yunqing Xu (Principal Investigator), Housing market efficiency in China - the case of Suzhou, Principal Investigator, SURF, XTJLU, RMB 5,000, 2014
  • Professional service activities

    • The 2nd Low Carbon Construction Industrialization Forum-- ‘World Cities Day’ series, member of organising committee formed by Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) and Chinese Built Environment Experts (CBEEs), Suzhou, October 2015.
    • The 1st China-UK Low Carbon Construction Industrialisation Forum, member of organising committee formed by Chinese Built Environment Experts (CBEEs) and Building Research Establishment (BRE), Watford, UK, December 2014.
    • UK Housing Forum - Newcastle and Gateshead, member of organising committee formed by Chinese Built Environment Experts (CBEEs), Newcastle, UK, May 2013.
    • Xu, Y (2017) New Urbanization: The Model of Wujiang Taihu New City, Chapter 17 - Wujiang Taihu New City: Development Prospect of Green Building and Eco Community, Research Institute of Urbanisation (RIU, XJTLU)
    • Xu, Y (2017) ed. UK Property Investment and Development Whitepaper, Chinese Built Environment Experts (CBEEs); Overseas Investment and Financing Centre, Real Estate Information of China; Confederation of Chinese Business UK
    • Xu, Y (2016) ed. UK Property Series 1: Residential Investment, Chinese Built Environment Experts (CBEEs)
    • Xu, Y (2013) Report on UK direct residential investment: guidance for Chinese investors, Winkworth Franchising Ltd (UK).
  • Courses taught

    • UPDCDE105 Urban and Environmental Economics
    • UPDCDE106 Issues and Practice of Planning in China II
    • UPDCDE310 International Planning Studies
    • UPDCDE311 Planning and Property Development
    • UPDCDE305 Final Year Project and Dissertation Supervision
    • UPDCDE409 Master Dissertation Supervision
  • Professional memberships

    • 2018, Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy
    • 2018, Senior Member, Housing Policy and Market Regulation Specialized Committee, Chinese Society for Urban Studies (CSUS)
    • 2017, Member, European Real Estate Society (ERES)
    • 2017, Board Member, Zhejiang Characteristic Town Research Association
    • 2013, Member, China Institute of Real Estate Appraisers and Agents (CIREA)
    • 2012, Vice President, Chinese Built Environment Experts (C-BEEs)
    • 2008, Member, Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC)
  • Awards and honours

    • 2017, The Second prize of The Third Outstanding Achievement Award of Applied Social Science Projects, Publicity Department of CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee.
    • 2016, The Third Paper Prize of the 10th Chinese Real Estate Academic Symposium, China Institute of Real Estate Appraisers and Agents (CIREA) and Chinese Real Estate Scholars Association
  • Telephone

    +86 (0)512 0512-8818-0467
  • Email

    Yunqing.Xu@xjtlu.edu.cn
  • Address

    EB520 Department of Urban Planning and Design Engineering Building (EB) Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University 111 Ren'ai Road Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District Suzhou Industrial Park Suzhou P.R.China 215123
    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park
    Suzhou
    P.R.China
    215123