Zhigang Li

Title/Position:  Associate Professor
  Urban Studies and Planning, Wuhan University
PhD (Urban Geography), University of Southampton (2005)
E-mail: zhigangli@whu.edu.cn

MCRI Projects: B1: New Suburban Forms; B5: Regional Governance and Suburbanization; C5: China Research Cluster (co-Team Lead).

Background: Zhigang Li is a professor in Urban Studies and Planning at Wuhan University, China. He received his PhD in Urban Geography from the University of Southampton in the UK in 2005. Li's research focuses on the social spatial issues of Chinese cities. His recent work concentrates upon the impacts of globalization and market-reform upon south China’s socio and spatial structures. He has conducted many studies in the communities of Guangzhou, Dongguan, Foshan and Shenzhen to examine new migrant suburbs such as ‘chengzhongcun’. Li has published over fifty papers in both Chinese and English, including a number of top journals such as Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. His book, 'Transformation of Urban China’s Socio-spatial Structure’ (2011) was been published by Southeast University Press in China.

Research Interests: Urban studies; Socio-spatial structure; Urban China.

Selected Publications:

Lin, S., & Li, Z. (2017). Residential satisfaction of migrants in Wenzhou, an ‘ordinary city’ of China. Habitat International, 66, 76-85. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2017.05.004

Liu, Y., Wu, F., Liu, Y., & Li, Z. (2017). "Changing neighbourhood cohesion under the impact of urban redevelopment: a case study of Guangzhou, China". Urban Geography, 38(2), 266-290. doi: 10.1080/02723638.2016.1152842.

Liu, Y., Zhang, F., Wu, F., Liu, Y., & Li, Z. (2017). The subjective wellbeing of migrants in Guangzhou, China: The impacts of the social and physical environment. Cities, 60(Part A), 333-342. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2016.10.008.

Liu, Y., Zhang, Zhu., Liu, Y., Li, Z., & Wu, F. (2017). “The effect of neighbourhood social ties on migrants' subjective well-being in Chinese cities”. Habitat International, 66, 86-94.

Xiao, Y., Wang, Z., Li, Z., & Tang, Z. (2017). An assessment of urban park access in Shanghai – Implications for the social equity in urban China" Landscape and Urban Planning, 157, 383-393. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.08.007

Liu, Y., Liu, Y., Feng, J., & Li, Z. (2016). Emotional Well-being of Social Housing Residents in Guangzhou, China: How Does Neighborhood Context Matter? In D. Wang & S. He (Eds.), Mobility, Sociability and Well-being of Urban Living (pp. 249-264). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Xiao, Y., Li, Z., & Webster, C. (2016). Estimating the mediating effect of privately-supplied green space on the relationship between urban public green space and property value: Evidence from Shanghai, China. Land Use Policy, 54, 439-447. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.03.001.

Bork‐Hüffer, T., Rafflenbeul, B., Li, Z., Kraas, F., & Xue, D. (2016). Mobility and the Transiency of Social Spaces: African Merchant Entrepreneurs in China. Population, Space and Place, 22(2), 199-211. doi: 10.1002/psp.1900.

Liu,Y., Zhigang, L. &  Jie, J. (2014). Pseudo-urbanization or real urbanization? Urban China’s mergence of administrative regions and its effects: A Case Study of Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province. China Review.

Li, Z., Xu J., Yeh, A.G.O (2014).  State rescaling and the making of city-regions in the Pearl River Delta, China. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. 32(1): 129–143

Wang, L. , Potter, C. & Li, Z. (2014). Crisis-induced reform, state-market relations, and entrepreneurial urban growth in China.  Habitat International. 41: 50-57

Huang, G., Xue, D., & Li, Z. (2014). From Revanchism to Ambivalence: The Changing Politics of Street Vending in Guangzhou. Antipode46(1), 170-189.

Lyons, M., Brown, A. & Li, Z. The China-Africa Value Chain: Can Africa's Small-Scale Entrepreneurs Engage Successfully in Global Trade?  African Studies Review. 56(3): 77-100

Li, Z. & Wu, F. (2013). Residential satisfaction in China’s informal settlements: A case study of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Urban Geography. 34(7): 923-949

Li, Z., MA, L.J.C., &  Xue, D.(2013). The making of a new transnational urban space: The Guangzhou African enclave. In Peilin, L., & Roulleau-Berger, L. (Eds.). (2013). China's internal and international migration. Routledge. pp. 150-173

Li, Z. & Wu, F. (2013)  Migrants' Integration in Urban Villages: A case study of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzo. In Wu, F., Zhang, F. & Webster, C. (eds). Rural Migrants in Urban China: Enclaves and Transient Urbanism. London: Routledge

Li, Z. & Yanmin, R. (2013). A Study of Jinshazhou Affordable Housing Community, Guangzhou: the Practice of Everyday Life. South Architecture. (03):68-73

 Xiangguang, Z. &  Li, Z. (2013).  Study on Place Identity of New Migrants in Urban China. City Planning Review. 37(12):22-29.

China’s ‘Chocolate city’: an ethnic enclave in a changing landscape, Zhigang Li, Michal Lyons, Alison Brown, African Diasporas, 2012(5): 51-72

In the Dragon’s Den: African traders in Guangzhou,2005-2008. Michal Lyons, Alison Brown, Li Zhigang, Journal of Migration Studies, 2012, 38(5): 869-888 (SSCI)

The Transnational Making of ‘Chocolate City’ in Guangzhou, Li Zhigang, Du Feng, Human Geography,2012,27(06):01-05

The Social Housing Support System in Germany: Experiences and Lessons, Xue Desheng, Dietrich Soyez, Li Junfu, Li Zhigang, Urban Planning International,2012,27(04):23-27

Research on the Policy of Affordable Housing in Singapore and Its Inspirations, Li Junfu, Li Wei, Li Zhigang, Xue Desheng, Urban Planning International,2012,27(04):36-42

Citizenization of Native Villagers after Redeveloped Urban Village: A Case Study of Liede Community, Guangzhou, Liu Ye, Liu Yuqi, Li Zhigang, City Planning Review, 2012,36(7):81-86

Production of China’s New Social Space in City under “Transnational Entrepreneurialism”: A Case Study on African Economic Zone in Guangzhou, Li Zhigang, Du Feng. City Planning Review,2012,36(08):25-31

Housing Conditions, Patterns and Mechanisms of Second Generation Migrants in Urban China: A Case Study of Six Large Cities, Li Zhigang , Acta Geographica Sinica,2012,67(02):189-200

The social networks of new-generation migrants in China’s urbanized villages: A case study of Guangzhou,Ye Liu, Zhigang Li, Werner Breitung, Habitat International, 2011,36(1):192-200

Housing conditions and housing determinants of new migrants in Chinese cities: A case study of Guangzhou, Dongguan, Shenyang, Chengdu, Hangzhou, and Zhengzhou, Zhigang Li, Chinese Sociology and Anthropology, 2011,43(2):70-89 (SSCI)

Shanghai Rising: State Power and Local Transformation in a Global Megacity, Zhigang Li, Urban Studies, 2011, 48(4), 835-837 (SSCI)

Urban environmental health challenges in China’s Villages-in-the-city, Bork,T.,Kraas,F.,Xue,D.,Z.Li, Geographische Zeitschrift,2011,99(1): 16-35

Post-reform residential segregation in three Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Zhigang Li, Fulong Wu, in Fulong Wu and Chris Webster, ed. China’s Urban Marginalization, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

China's Migrations-und Stadtpolitik: Auswirkungen Für Afrikanische Migranten in Guangzhou Und Foshan[China’s Migration and Urbanization Policies: Consequences For African Migrants In Guangzhou And Foshan].

Bork, T.,Rafflenbeul,B.,Kraas,F.,Z.Li,In: Kraas,F.& T.Bork(eds):Urbanisierung und International Migration [Urbanization And International Migration]. Eine Welt 25, 2011

Interlinkages of Global Change, National Development Goals, Urbanization And International Migration In China.The Example Of African Migrants In Guangzhou and Foshan. Bork, T.,Rafflenbeul,B.,Kraas,F.,Z.Li,In: Kraas,F.,Aggarwal, S.,Coy,M.,G.Mertins(eds):Megacities-Our Global Urban Future. Springer, 2011

A Study of Residential Satisfaction in the Neo-Migrant Enclaves of Chinese Ctiies: A Case of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Li Zhigang, City Planning Review, 2011,35(12):75-82

Characteristics, Mechanism, and Spatiality of Neo-migrants’ Homeplace-based Communities in China: A Case Study of Hubei Village, Guangzhou, Li Zhigang, Liu Ye, Chen Hongsheng, Geographical Research,2011,30(10):1910-1920

Beyond Spatial Segregation: Neo-migrants and Their Social Networks in Chinese Cities, Li Zhigang, Liu Ye, Acta Geographica Sinica, 2011,66(6):785-795

China Model and the Making of Globalizing Cities:Guangzhou Expedence,Li Zhigang,MinFei, Planners, 2011,27(2):47-52

An analysis on regional distribution discrepancy of medical and health resources in terms of health accessibility in China, Gong Shiwei, Li Zhigang, Xu Yi, Zhang Liang, Chinese Journal of Hospital Administration, 2011,27(5)

Review of Urban Transportation Policies in Beijing and Discussion of Congestion Pricing, Zhou Jiangping, Wang Jiangyan, Xu Fenggong, Zhang Beibei, Li Zhigang,Urban Transport of China, 2011(4):45-52

Land property rights and urbanization in China, Li Xun, Xu Xianxiang, Li Zhigang, The China Review, 2010,10(1), 11-38

A Review of Studies on Gated Communities Since 1990s: From International to Domestic Perspectives, Human Geography, Liu Ye, Li Zhigang, 2010(3): 10-15

The Restructuring of the City-regions in Transitional Pearl River Delta: A Case Study of the Construction of Inter-jurisdictional Infrastructures, Liu Chaoqun, Li Zhigang, Xu Jiang, Ye Jia’an,Urban Planning International, 2010 (2): 31-38

Land property rights and urbanization in China, Li Xun, Xu Xianxiang, Li Zhigang, The China Review, 2010, 10(1), 11-38

An African Enclave in China: The Making of a New Transnational Urban Space, Zhigang Li, Laurence J.C. Ma, Desheng Xue, Eurasian Geography and Economics, 2009, 50(6): 699–719.

Tenure-based residential segregation in post-reform Chinese cities: a case study of Shanghai, Zhigang Li and Fulong Wu, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 2008, 33(3):404-419

Residential disparity in urban china: a case study of three neighborhoods in Shanghai, Zhigang Li and Fulong Wu, Housing Studies, 2006, 21(5), 695-717

Socioeconomic transformation in Shanghai: the globalizing city of China, Zhigang Li and Fulong Wu, Cities, 2006, 23(4), 250-268

Sociospatial differentiation: Processes and spaces in sub-districts of Shanghai, Fulong Wu and Zhigang Li, Urban Geography, 2005, 26(2), 137-166

Land property rights and urbanization in China, Li Xun, Xu Xianxiang, Li Zhigang, The China Review, 2010, 10(1), 11-38

The 'third tier' of globalization: African traders in Guangzhou, Michal Lyons, Alison Brown, Zhigang Li, 2008, City, 12(2), 196-206