Liu, Xingjian 劉行健
B.S. (Wuhan); M.S. (Texas State); PhD (Cambridge)

Fields of interest:
Urban and Regional Development; Urban Geography; Globalization; GIS; China

Selected Publications:

  • Ye, Y., Li, D., & Liu, X. (2017), “How block density and typology affect urban vitality: An exploratory analysis in Shenzhen, China”, Urban Geography, (Corresponding author)
  • Liu, X., & Zhou, J. (2017), “Mind the missing links in China’s urbanizing landscape: The phenomenon of broken intercity trunk roads and its underpinnings”, Landscape and Urban Planning, 165, 64-72.
  • Wang, M., Madden, M., & Liu, X. (2017). Exploring the Relationship between Urban Forms and CO 2 Emissions in 104 Chinese Cities. Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 143(4), 04017014. (Corresponding author)
  • Liu, X., Derudder, B., & Wang, M. (2017). Polycentric urban development in China: A multiscale analysis. Environment and Planning B, org/10.1177/2399808317690155.
  • Tian, Y., Liu, Y., Liu, X., Kong, X., & Liu, G. (2017). Restructuring rural settlements based on subjective well-being (SWB): A case study in Hubei province, central China. Land Use Policy, 63, 255-265.
  • Chen, Y., Liu, X., Li, X., Liu, X., Yao, Y., Hu, G., Xu, X., & Pei, F. (2017). Delineating urban functional areas with building-level social media data: A dynamic time warping (DTW) distance based k-medoids method. Landscape and Urban Planning, 160, 48-60.
  • Liu, X., & Long, Y. (2016). Automated identification and characterization of parcels with OpenStreetMap and points of interest.Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 43, 341-360.
  • Liu, X., Derudder, B., & Wu, K. (2016). Measuring polycentric urban development in China: an intercity transportation network perspective. Regional Studies, 50(8), 1302-1315.
  • Long, Y., Liu, X., Zhou, J., & Chai, Y. (2016). Early birds, night owls, and tireless/recurring itinerants: An exploratory analysis of extreme transit behaviors in Beijing, China. Habitat International, 57, 223-232.
  • Liu, X., & Wang, M. (2016). How polycentric is urban China and why? A case study of 318 cities.Landscape and Urban Planning151, 10-20.
  • Liu, X., Dai, L., & Derudder, B. (2016). Spatial Inequality in the Southeast Asian Intercity Transport Network.Geographical Review, DOI: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2016.12181.x
  • Derudder, B., & Liu, X. (2016). How international is the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers? A social network analysis perspective.Environment and Planning A48(2), 309-329.
  • Li, J., Liu, X., Liu, J., & Li, W. (2016). City profile: Taipei.Cities55, 1-8.
  • Zhao, M., Liu, X., Derudder, B., Zhong, Y., & Shen, W. (2015). Mapping producer services networks in mainland Chinese cities.Urban Studies,52(16), 3018-3034. (Corresponding author)
  • Liu, X., Song, Y., Wu, K., Wang, J., Li, D., & Long, Y. (2015). Understanding urban China with open data.Cities47, 53-61.
  • Liu, X., & Wang J. (2015). Featured graphic: The geography of Weibo. Environment and Planning A, 47, 1231–34.
  • Liu, X., Derudder, B., & Liu, Y. (2015). Regional geographies of intercity corporate networks: The use of exponential random graph models to assess regional network‐Papers in Regional Science94(1), 109-126.
  • Wu, K., Long, Y., Mao, Q., & Liu, X. (2015). Featured graphic. Mushrooming Jiedaos, growing cities: an alternative perspective on urbanizing China. Environment and Planning A,47(1), 1-2.
  • Liu, X., Derudder, B., Witlox, F., & Hoyler, M. (2014). Cities as networks within networks of cities: The evolution of the city/firm‐duality in the world city network, 2000-2010.Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie,105(4), 465-482.
  • Zhan, F. B., Gong, X., & Liu, X. (2014). Mark on the globe: a quest for scientific bases of geographic information and its international influence. International Journal of Geographical Information Science,28(6), 1233-1245.
  • Liu, X. (2014). Exploring the joint dynamics of intercity internet and corporate networks: a stochastic actor‐based modelling approach.Global Networks,14(2), 167-187.
  • Liu, X., Derudder, B., & Taylor, P. (2014). Mapping the evolution of hierarchical and regional tendencies in the world city network, 2000–2010.Computers, Environment and Urban Systems,43, 51-66.
  • Derudder, B., Liu, X., Kunaka, C., & Roberts, M. (2014). The connectivity of South Asian cities in infrastructure networks.Journal of Maps10(1), 47-52.
  • Zhao, M., Wu, K., Liu, X., & Derudder, B. (2014). A novel method to approximate intercity networks and its empirical validation.Acta Geographica Sinica, 69, 169-183.
  • Liu, X., Derudder, B., & García, C. G. (2013). Exploring the co-evolution of the geographies of air transport aviation and corporate networks.Journal of Transport Geography30, 26-36.
  • Derudder, B., Taylor, P. J., Hoyler, M., Ni, P., Liu, X., Zhao, M., & Witlox, F. (2013). Measurement and interpretation of connectivity of Chinese cities in world city network, 2010.Chinese Geographical Science23(3), 261-273.
  • Liu, X., & Derudder, B. (2013). Analyzing urban networks through the lens of corporate networks: A critical review.Cities31, 430-437.
  • Liu, X., Derudder, B., Liu, Y., Witlox, F., & Shen, W. (2013). A stochastic actor-based modelling of the evolution of an intercity corporate network. Environment and Planning A,45(4), 947-966.
  • Liu, Y., Wen, C., & Liu, X. (2013). China’s food security soiled by contamination. Science,339(6126), 1382-1383.
  • Wang, H., He, S., Liu, X., Dai, L., Pan, P., Hong, S., & Zhang, W. (2013). Simulating urban expansion using a cloud-based cellular automata model: A case study of Jiangxia, Wuhan, China.Landscape and Urban Planning110, 99-112.
  • Liu, X., Derudder, B., Csomos, G., & Taylor, P. (2013). Mapping shifting hierarchical and regional tendencies in an urban network through alluvial diagrams.Environment and Planning A45(5), 1005-1007.
  • Liu, X., & Zhan, F. B. (2012). Productivity of doctoral graduate placement among PhD-granting geography programs in the United States: 1960–2010.The Professional Geographer,64(4), 475-490.
  • Liu, X., Hong, S., & Liu, Y. (2012). A bibliometric analysis of 20 years of globalization research: 1990–2009.Globalizations9(2), 195-210.
  • Liu, X., & Derudder, B. (2012). Two‐mode networks and the Interlocking World City Network Model: A reply to Neal.Geographical Analysis44(2), 171-173.
  • Liu, X., Neal, Z., & Derudder, B. (2012). City networks in the United States: a comparison of four models.Environment and Planning A44(2), 255-256.
  • Wang, H., He, Q., Liu, X., Zhuang, Y., & Hong, S. (2012). Global urbanization research from 1991 to 2009: A systematic research review. Landscape and Urban Planning,104(3), 299-309.
  • LeSage, J., Pace, R. K., Campanella, R., Lam, N., & Liu, X. (2011). Do what the neighbours do.Significance8(4), 160-163.
  • Liu, X., & Taylor, P. J. (2011). A robustness assessment of global city network connectivity rankings.Urban geography32(8), 1227-1237.
  • LeSage, J. P., Kelley Pace, R., Lam, N., Campanella, R., & Liu, X. (2011). New Orleans business recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A,174(4), 1007-1027.
  • Liu, X., Zhang, L., & Hong, S. (2011). Global biodiversity research during 1900–2009: a bibliometric analysis.Biodiversity and Conservation20(4), 807-826.
  • Liu, X., Derudder, B., & Liu, Y. (2011). Featured graphic: GDP, livability, population, and income inequality of world cities.Environment and Planning A43(10), 2255-2256.
  • Liu, X., Zhan, F. B., & Ai, T. (2010). Road selection based on Voronoi diagrams and “strokes” in map generalization.International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation12, S194-S202.
  • Liu, X., & LeSage, J. (2010). Arc_Mat: a Matlab-based spatial data analysis toolbox.Journal of Geographical Systems12(1), 69-87.


Distinctions and Recognitions

  • Commended/Runner-up, Royal Town Planning Institute Early Career Researcher Award, 2017
  • Association of American Geographers (AAG)-Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group Emerging Scholar Award, 2017
  • Young GIS Researcher Award, Austrian Academy of Science, 2017
  • Research Output Prize (Faculty of Architecture), HKU, 2016
  • Finalist, Royal Town Planning Institute Early Career Researcher Award, 2016
  • Regional Studies Association & Routledge Early Career Award, 2015
  • AAG-Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group Emerging Scholar Award, 2013
  • Associate Director, Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network
  • Associate Director, Beijing City Lab,

Teaching Courses:

  • URBS 2002 Urban and Regional Development I (Semester I)
  • URBS 3002 Urban and Regional Development II (Semester I)
  • URBS 4001 Advanced Urban Studio (Semester I)
  • URBS 4003 Urban Policy and Governance (Semester I)
  • CCGL9026 Think Global, Act Local: You, Hong Kong, and the World (Semester II)
  • URBP6017 GIS for Urban and Regional Planning and Development (Semester II)