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

Awards & Achievements

Professor He was listed by Elsevier in April 2020 as one of the most cited researchers in China, for 6 consecutive years.

Professor He was appointed Associate Dean (Research Postgraduate Studies) in the Faculty from 1 January 2020 to 31 Dec 2022.

Professor He ranked as the top 1% scholars in HKU and was on list since 2016.

Every year the University commissions a search to identify the top 1% scholars at HKU. The database adopted for this exercise is Essential Science Indicators (ESI), which uses data from Web of Science indexed journal articles with results presented in 22 subject fields.  For more information on the methodology behind ESI, please visit Essential Science Indicators: Help.  For a full list of the HKU top 1% scholars this year, please visit

Professor He’s paper co-authored with Dr Dong Wang, Professor Chris Webster, Dean and Professor K W Chau entitled “Property rights with price tags? Pricing uncertainties in the production, transaction and consumption of China’s small property right housing” was shortlisted for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Academic Award 2019.

Professor He was listed by Elsevier in January 2019 as one of the most cited researchers (ranked 11th in social sciences) in mainland China for the fifth consecutive year.  The data source Elsevier used was from Scopus which includes publications in English only and collects citations worldwide.

Professor He was invited to serve as Associate Editor for Journal of Rural Studies, staring from January 2019.


  • “Equalization of and Accessibility to Basic Public Services in Developed Regions in China: Theorization and Practices”, National Social Science Foundation of China
  • “Effects of Environment-related Experiences on Older Person’s Well-being in Hong Kong’s “Double Ageing” Context: A Person-Environment Perspective”, Public Policy Research (PPR) Funding Scheme
  • “The mechanism of low-income housing development and its integrative effects in urban China”, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
  • “Uneven distribution of high-quality healthcare resources in Chinese cities and its sociospatial implications”, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
  • “Advancing China’s Urbanization Inside Out: Urban Redevelopments in Chinese Cities Amidst Accelerated Urban Transition”, Collaborative Research Fund, Research Grants Council
  • “The Rise of the Education-led Gated Communities in Chinese Cities and their Impacts on Housing Differentiation”, Seed Fund for Basic Research
  • “Housing Provision Restructuring under State-led Financialisation in Urban China”, Seed Fund for Basic Research
  • “Enclave Urban Living in Post-reform China – An Empirical Investigation in Guangzhou”, Seed Fund for Basic Research

Selected Recent Publications

Lin, G.C.S., Li, X., Yeh, A.G.O., He, S., Hu, Z., & Liu, X. (2021). Reproduction of space in the city centre of mega-city regions: Bottom-up institutional reforms, profit redistribution, and urban redevelopment in Guangzhou. In A.G.O. Yeh, G.C.S. Lin, & F. Yan (Eds.), Mega-City Region Development in China (pp. 159-175). Oxon: Routledge.

He, S., & Chang, Y. (2020). A zone of exception? Interrogating the hybrid housing regime and nested enclaves in China-Singapore Suzhou-Industrial-Park. Housing Studies, 1-25.

Huang, Y., He, S., & Gan, L. (2020). Introduction to SI: Homeownership and housing divide in China. Cities, 108, 102967.

Su, S., Zhang, J., He, S., Zhang, H., Hu, L., & Kang, M. (2020). Unraveling the impact of TOD on housing rental prices and implications on spatial planning: A comparative analysis of five Chinese megacities. Habitat International, 107, 102309.

Yan, X., & He, S. (2020). The co-evolution of therapeutic landscape and health tourism in bama longevity villages, China: An actor-network perspective. Health & Place, 66, 102448.

Zhang, M., & He, S. (2020). From dissensus to consensus: state rescaling and modalities of power under the Belt and Road Initiative in Western China. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 1-20.

Zhang, M., & He, S. (2020). Informal property rights as relational and functional: Unravelling the relational contract in China’s informal housing market. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 44(6), 967-988.

Zhang, M., & He, S. (2020). Who feels secure in customary tenure and why? A triangular framework of perceived tenure security in China’s small property right housing. Cities, 107, 102900.

Li, Z., He, S., Su, S., Li, G., & Chen, F. (2020). Public services equalization in urbanizing China: Indicators, spatiotemporal dynamics and implications on regional economic disparities. Social Indicators Research, 1-65.

He, S. (2020). Urban entrepreneurialism 2.0? Financialization, cross-scale dynamics, and post-political governance. Dialogues in Human Geography. DOI:

Hu, F.Z.Y., Lin, G,C.S., Yah, A.G.O., He, S., Liu, X. (2020). Reluctant policy innovation through profit concession and informality tolerance: A strategic relational view of policy entrepreneurship in China’s urban redevelopment. Public Administration and Development, 40(1), 65-75.

Hu, L., He, S., Luo, Y., Su, S., Xin, J., & Weng, M. (2020). A social-media-based approach to assessing the effectiveness of equitable housing policy in mitigating education accessibility induced social inequalities in Shanghai, China. Land Use Policy, 94, 104513. DOI:

Song, G., Liu, L., He, S., Cai, L., & Xu, C. (2020). Safety perceptions among African migrants in Guangzhou and Foshan, China. Cities, 99, 102624. DOI:

Wei, Z., Liu, Y., He, S., & Mo, H. (2020). Housing differentiation in transitional urban China. Cities, 96, 102469. DOI:

Yan, X., He, S., & Dong, D. (2020). Determining how far an adult rare disease patient needs to travel for a definitive diagnosis: A cross-sectional examination of the 2018 National Rare Disease Survey in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(5), 1757. DOI:

He, S., Zhang, M., & Wei, Z. (2019). The state project of crisis management: China’s Shantytown Redevelopment Schemes under state-led financialization. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 52(3), 632-653.

Zhou, H., He, S., Cai, Y., Wang, M., & Su, S. (2019). Social inequalities in neighborhood visual walkability: Using Street View imagery and deep learning technologies to facilitate healthy city planning. Sustainable Cities and Society, 50, 101605.

Yu, M., He, S., Wu, D., Zhu, H., & Webster, C. (2019). Examining the multi-scalar unevenness of high-quality healthcare resources distribution in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Publich Health, 16(16), 2813.

Hu, L., He, S., Han, Z., Xiao, H., Su, S., Weng, M., & Cai, Z. (2019). Monitoring housing rental prices based on social media: An integrated approach of machine-learning algorithms and hedonic modeling to inform equitable housing policies. Land Use Policy, 82, 657-673.

Zhu, L., Zhong, S., Tu, W., Zheng, J., He, S., Bao, J., & Huang, C. (2019). Assessing spatial accessibility to medical resources at the community level in Shenzhen, China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(2), 242.

Wang, D., He, S., Webster, C., & Zhang, X. (2019). Unravelling residential satisfaction and relocation intention in three urban neighborhood types in Guangzhou, China. Habitat International, 85, 53-62.