Yang, Tianren 楊天人

BEng Tongji; MSc Georgia Tech; MEng Tongji; PhD Cambridge; FRGS; MRTPI; LEED AP; PMP

Tianren Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong. He is interested in developing advanced urban analytics and modelling to provide an all-round understanding of how cities evolve, particularly in relation to technology, policy and human behaviour. His current research explores integrated policy perspectives to measure and predict how to maximise economic, environmental and social benefits through the spatial coordination of various urban developments (e.g. housing, jobs and transport).

Tianren received a PhD in architecture (applied urban modelling) from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in urban design from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MEng in urban planning and a BEng in landscape architecture from Tongji University. As a chartered urban planner, he consults widely for industry in real estate and city development, endeavouring to apply research insights to practical decision-making. He has worked for the China Development Bank, Boston Consulting Group, and EPSRC Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction on analysing and modelling large-scale urban changes. So far, he has taken part in the development of computer models for several dominant city regions in the UK (Greater London and Cambridge), the USA (Chicago Metropolitan Area) and China (Greater Shanghai and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei).

Tianren is accepting applications for PhD students and is available for consultancy.

Fields of Interest

  • Urban analytics and modelling
  • Urban spatial structure and travel
  • Planning support systems for decision-making


  • URBA6008 Spatial Planning Analytics
  • URBP6002 Urban Development Theories

Awards & Achievements (Selected)

  • Lincoln Institute Scholar
  • Early Career Researcher Award (shortlisted), Royal Town Planning Institute
  • International Award for Planning Excellence (commended), Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Regional Studies Association PhD Student Award

Publications (Selected)