Research Design and Methodology
State spaces and politics of scale
Intercity railway planning in China's mega-city regions
Environmental elements in China's urban planning system
Urban and regional development/governance in China
Urban planning, urban land use and spatial transformation
Pearl River Delta Studies
President, Hong Kong Geographical Association (2013 to Present)
Assessment Panel for Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector (APSF), Research Grants Council (2015-03-01 to Present)
Head of Monitoring & Assessment (M&A) Sub-group, Institutional Development Scheme (IDS) under the Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong (2015-03-01 to Present)
Committee Member, Nansha New District Urban Planning Committee (A new development district at national level) 南沙新區城市規劃委員會專家委員(2013 to Present)
College and University
Chair , S.H. Ho College Student Discipline Committee (2010-06-01 to Present)
Member , S.H. Ho College Committee of Student Affair and College Life (2010-06-01 to Present)
Member , Committee of Scholarships, Awards, Financial Aids and Grants, S.H. Ho College (2010-06-01 to Present)
EXCO Committee Member, Hong Kong-Shanghai Development Institute (2016-08-01 to 2018-07-31)
EXCO Committee Member, Research Centre for Urban and Regional Development, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (2016-08-01 to 2018-07-31)
Member, CUHK Senate Committee on Student discipline (2010-06-01 to Present)
Member, Graduate School Admissions Committee (2014-08-01 to Present)
Member, Graduate Council (2014-08 to Present)
Graduate Division Head (2014-08-01 - present)
Executive Committee member (2011-08-01 - present)
Member, Admissions and School Partnership Committee (2009-08-01 to Present)
Member, Supporting Staff Committee (2011-08-01 to Present)
Member, Staff-Student Consultative Committee (2010-06-01 to Present)
Faculty Representative, Graduate School Admissions Committee (2014-08-01 to Present)
Faculty Representative, Graduate Council (2014-08 to Present)
Xu, J. (2016), ‘Bargaining for Nature: Treating the Environment in China’s Urban Planning Practice’, Urban Geography. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2016.1139414
Xu, J. (2016), ‘Environmental discourses in China’s urban planning system: a scaled discourse analytical-perspective’, Urban Studies, Vol. 53(5) 978–999, DOI: 10.1177/0042098015571054
Chung, K.L. and Xu, J. (2016), ‘Scale as both material and discursive: A view through China’s rescaling of urban planning system for environmental governance’, Environment and Planning C. DOI: 10.1177/0263774X15619630.
Xu, J. and Chung, K.L. (2014), ‘Environment’ as an Evolving Concept in China’s Urban Planning System’, International Development Planning Review, 36(4): 391-412.
Wang, J.J., Xu, J. and He, J.F. (2013), 'Spatial impacts of high-speed railways in China: a total-travel-time approach', Environment and Planning A, 45: 2261-2280.
Xu, J and Yeh, A.G O (2013), ‘Interjurisdictional Cooperation through Bargaining: The Case of Guangzhou-Zhuhai Railway in the Pearl River Delta, China’, The China Quarterly, 213, pp. 130 – 151. [more]
Xu, J. and Wang, J.J. (2012), Reassembling the state in urban China, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Vol. 53(1): 7-19. [more]
Xu, J. and Yeh, A G O (eds) (2010), Mega-City Region Governance and Planning: An International Comparative Perspective. London and New York: Routledge. [more]
Xu, J. and Yeh, A.G.O. (2010), ‘Governing mega-city region in China: rationales and policies’, Progress in Planning, 73: 12-22.
Xu, J., Wu, F. and Yeh, A G O (2009), Land Commodification: New land development and politics in China since the late 1990s', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 33(4).
Xu, J and Yeh, A G O (2009), 'Decoding urban land governance: state reconstruction in contemporary Chinese cities', Urban Studies, 46(3): 559-581. \
Xu, J (2008), 'Governing city regions in China: theoretical discourses and perspectives for regional strategic planning', Town Planning Review, 79(2-3): 157-185.
Wu, F, Xu, J and Yeh, A G O (2007) Market, State and Space: Urban Development in Post-Reform China. London and New York: Routledge. [more]
Xu, J and Yeh, A.G O (2005), 'City repositioning and competitiveness building in regional development: new development strategies of Guangzhou, China', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 29(2): 283-308.
Research Projects (Selected)
Principal Investigator, ‘Environmental discourses in planning: towards a scaled discourse analysis for China’s inland cities’ (CUHK 14637516), General Research Fund, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 01/01/2017 – 31/12/2019, HK$ 505,100
Principal Investigator, ‘Planning post-earthquake Wenchuan: towards a resilience-based approach?’ (CUHK 14413014), General Research Fund, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 01/01/2015 – 31/12/2018, HK$ 608,540
Principal Investigator, Contentious Space and Politics of Scale: Planning for Inter-City Railways in China's Mega-City Regions (CUHK455712), General Research Fund, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (01/01/2013 - 31/12/2015) (HK$870,116).
Principal Investigator, General Research Fund, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, ‘Bargaining for Nature: The Treatment of ‘Environment’ in China’s Urban Planning System’, Principal Investigator (January 2012 – January 2014) ($686,847)
Principal Investigator, General Research Fund, Hong Kong Research Grant Council, ‘Planning for the mega-city region in the Pearl River Delta: state reconstruction and regional strategic planning’, Principal Investigator (January 2010 – June 2012) ($672,000)
Principal Investigator, General Research Fund, Hong Kong Research Grant Council, 'Inter-jurisdictional Cooperation in the Pearl River Delta: Toward an Analytical Model', Principal Investigator (September 2007 - August 2010) ($873,292)