He, Shenjing 何深靜
BSc, MSc (Nanjing); PhD (Southampton)

Professor Shenjing He joined the Department of Urban Planning and Design at The University of Hong Kong in January 2015. Prior to joining HKU, she was Professor and Assistant Dean at the School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University (2008-2014); Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (2014); and Research Fellow at the School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University (2006-2008). She has been the China editor for Urban Studies (SAGE) since 2012, and sits on the editorial board of Journal of Urban Affairs, Geography Compass (urban), International Planning Studies, Area Development and Policy, and Asian Geographer.

Shenjing’s research interests focus on urban redevelopment/gentrification, policy mobility, informal housing, rural-urban migration, and health geography. She has published more than ninety journal articles and book chapters in both Chinese and English.  She is the co-author of “Urban Poverty in China” (Edward Elgar, 2010), co-editor of “Locating Right to the City in the Global South” (Routledge, 2013), “Urban living: Mobility, sociability, and wellbeing” (Springer, 2016), and “Changing China: Migration, Communities and Governance in Cities” (Routledge, 2017). She is also the lead guest editor of several special issues for Environment and Planning A (2012), Urban Studies (2015), Eurasian Geography and Economics (2015), Urban Geography (2017), Journal of Urban Affairs (2018) and Geoforum (2018). Shenjing was listed by Elsevier as one of the most cited researchers in mainland China (social sciences) for four consecutive years (2015-2018) and top 1% HKU scholar in 2016 and 2017.

Fields of Interest

  • Urban redevelopment/gentrification
  • Policy mobility and entrepreneurial urbanism
  • Rural-urban migration and informal housing
  • Neighbourhood governance
  • Health geography


  • MHMP8008 Transitional Cities: Urban and Housing Development
  • URBS2004 Urban and Regional Development II
  • URBS4003 Urban Policy and Governance
  • CCCH9002 Chinese Cities in the 21st Century