Professor (Ph.D. UCLA, 1998) -- economic/urban geography, global urban and regional development, regional science and spatial analysis, China

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Contact

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  • phone: 801-585-0545
  • Personal page: Yehua Dennis Wei

Research Interests:

  • Economic / Urban Geography
  • Regional Development
  • Urbanization
  • Globalization
  • Land Use
  • GIS Spatial Analysis

 

Interests/Description:

Professor Wei is an economic/urban geographer and devlopment specialist, with research interests in globalization, urbanization, and regional development in China. He has investigated the effects of globalization and economic restructuringn on cities and regions with respect to regional inequality, development models, foreign investment, urbanization, land use and human development. He is author of Regional Development in China: States, Globalization, and Inequality and more than 100 referenced journal articles, in addition to being editorial board member of Applied Geography and Chinese Geographical Sciences, Geographical Review, Eurasian Geography and Economics. Prof. Wei’s research has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Ford Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and the Chinese Ministry of Education etc. He has received awards for excellence in research from Association of American Geographers’ (AAG) Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and NSFC (Outstanding Young Scientist Award). His professional services include: advisor/panelist for the NSF, consultant to the World Bank, Chair of AAG’s China Geography, Asian Geography, and Regional Development & Planning specialty groups, vice president of Chinese Professionals in GIS. 

Education:

Ph.D. UCLA, 1998

Courses Taught:

  • Geog 3480 Urban Geography
  • Geog 3640 Geography of China and Asia
  • Geog 6960 Seminar in Urban Geography
  • Geog 6960 Seminar in Economic Geography
  • Business 3141 Geography of China
  • PUBPL 6900 Public Policy Research

 

Affiliations:

  • Institute of Public and International Affairs
  • Asian Center
  • Global Change and Ecosystem Center

 

Publications:

BOOKS:

2014                Liefner, I. and Y.H.D. Wei (eds.). Innovation and Regional Development in China.
                        London and New York: Routledge.
2011                Miao, C.H., Y.H.D. Wei, and L.C. Lu.  Xin Jingji Dili Xue (New Economic Geographies). Beijing: Science Press.
2000                Wei, Y.H.D. Regional Development in China: States, Globalization, and Inequality. London and New York: Routledge.

JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUES:

2015                Wei, Y.H.D. (ed.). Spatial Inequality. Applied Geography 61: 1-116.
2014                Wei, Y.H.D. and X.Y. Ye (eds.). Special Issue on Urbanization, Land Use and
                        Sustainable Development in China. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 28(4): 755-880/.
2012                Ye, X.Y. and Y.H.D. Wei (eds.). Special Issues on Globalization, Regional
                        Development and Public Policy in Asia. Regional Science Policy and Practice 4(3):
                        179-333.
2012                Wei, Y.H.D. and I. Liefner (eds.). Special Issue on Globalization, Industrial Restructuring, and Regional Development in China. Applied Geography
                        32(1): 102-184.
2011                Wei, Y.H.D. and Y. Zhou (eds.). Special Issue on Globalization, Innovation and
                        Regional Development in China. Environment and Planning A 43(4): 781-849. 
2011                Liefner, I. and Y.H.D. Wei (eds.). Special Issue on Foreign Direct Investment,
                        Innovation and Regional Economic Development in China. Erdkunde 65(1): 3-83.
2003                Weng, Q.H. and Y.H.D. Wei (eds.). Special Issue on Land Use and Land Cover Change in China. Asian Geographer 22(1-2): 1-142.
2002                Wei, Y.H.D. and G.C.S. Lin (eds.). Special Issue on China’s Restless Urban
                        Landscapes II. Environment and Planning A 34(10): 1721-1831.
2002                Lin, G.C.S. and Y.H.D. Wei (eds.). Special Issue on China’s Restless Urban
                        Landscapes I. Environment and Planning A 34(9): 1535-1660.

SELECTED REFERRED JOURNAL ARTICLES:

  • Wei, Y.H.D., X. Bi and Y. Ning. 2016. Globalization, Economic Restructuring and Locational Trajectories of Software Firms in Shanghai. Professional Geographer.
  • Huang, H. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2016. Location and Inequality of Foreign Direct Investment in Urban China: Institutional Change, Agglomeration Economies, and Comparative Advantages. Applied Geography.
  • Wang, M., F.H. Liao, J. Lin, L. Huang, C. Gu and Y.H.D. Wei. 2016. The making of a Sustainable Wireless City? Mapping Public Wi-Fi Access in Shanghai. Sustainability 8, 111; doi: 10.3390/su8020111.
  • Wei, Y.H.D., W.Y. Xiao, M. Wen and R. Wei. 2016. Walkability, Land Use and Physical Activity. Sustainability 8, 65; doi: 10.3390/su8010065.
  • Ewing, R., S. Hamidi, J.B. Grace and Y.H.D. Wei. 2016. Does Urban Sprawl Hold Down Upward Mobility? Landscape and Urban Planning 148: 80-88.
  • Gu, C.L., Y.H.D. Wei and I.G. Cook. 2015. Planning Beijing: Socialist City, Transitional City and Global City. Urban Geography 36(6): 905-926.
  • Zhang, L. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2015. Retail Development and Spatial Restructuring in China. Geographical Review 105(4): 528-550.
  • Gao, J.L., Y.H.D. Wei, W. Chen and K. Yenneti. 2015. Urban Land Expansion and Structural Change in the Yangtze River Delta, China. Sustainability 7(8): 10281-10307.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 2015. Spatiality of Regional Inequality. Applied Geography 61: 1-10.
  • Liao, F.H. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2015. Space, Scale, and Regional Inequality in Provincial China. Applied Geography 61: 94-104.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 2015. Zone Fever, Project Fever: Development Policy, Economic Transition, and Urban Expansion in China. Geographical Review 105(2): 156-177.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 2015. Network Linkages and Local Embeddedness of Foreign Ventures in China. Regional Studies 49(2): 287-299.
  • Li, D.D., Y.H.D. Wei, T. Wang. 2015. Spatial and Temporal Evolution of Urban Innovation Network in China. Habitat International 49: 484-496.
  • Wang, Z.Y., Y.Q. Cheng, X.Y. Ye and Y.H.D. Wei. 2015. Analyzing the Space-time Dynamics of Innovation in China: ESDA and Spatial Panel Approaches. Growth and Change 46(1): 133-149.
  • Huang, Z., Y.H.D. Wei, C. He and H. Li. 2015. Urban Land Expansion under Economic Transition in China: A Multi-level Modeling Analysis. Habitat International 47: 69-82.
  • Li, H., Y.H.D. Wei, F.H. Liao and Z. Huang. 2015. Administrative Hierarchy and Urban Land Expansion in Transitional China. Applied Geography 56: 177-186.
  • Timberlake, M., Y.H.D. Wei, X. Ma and J. Hao. 2014. Global Cities with Chinese Characteristics. Cities 41:162-170.
  • Li, H., Y.H.D. Wei an Z. Huang. 2014. Urban Land Expansion and Spatial Dynamics in Globalizing Shanghai. Sustainability 6: 8856-8875.
  • Huang, H. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2014. Intra-metropolitan Location of Foreign Direct Investment in Wuhan, China: Institution, Urban Structure, and Accessibility. Applied Geography 47: 78-88.
  • Gao, J.L, Y.H.D. Wei, W. Chen and J.L Chen. 2014. Economic Transition and Urban Land Expansion in Provincial China. Habitat International 44: 461-473.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. and X.Y. Ye. 2014. Urbanization, Urban Land Expansion, and Environmental Change in China. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 28(4): 757-765.
  • Cheng, Y., Z. Wang, X. Ye and Y.H.D. Wei. 2014. Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Carbon Intensity fromEnergy Consumption in China.Journal of Geographical Science 24(4): 631-650.
  • Yuan, F., Y.H.D. Wei and W. Chen. 2014. Economic Transition, Industrial Location and Corporate Networks: Remaking the Sunan Model in Wuxi City, China. Habitat International 42: 58-68.
  • Li, Y. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2014. Multidimensional Inequalities in Health Care Distribution in Provincial China: A Case Study of Henan Province.TijdschriftvoorEconomischeenSocialeGeografie (Journal of Economic and Social Geography) 105(1): 91-106.
  • Liao, H.F. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2014. Modeling spatial determinants of urban growth in Dongguan, China: A spatial logistic approach. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 28(4): 801-816.
  • Yue, W.Z., P.L. Fan, Y.H.D. Wei and J.G. Qi. 2014. Economic Development, Urban Expansion, and Sustainable Development in Shanghai. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 28(4): 783-799.
  • Liao, H.F. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2013. TNCs’ technology linkages with domestic firms: an investigation of the ICT industry in Suzhou, China. Environment and Planning C 31: 460-474.
  • Wei, Y.H.D.  Network Linkages and Local Embeddedness of Foreign Ventures in China. Regional Studies (In Press).
  • Liefner, I., Y.H.D. Wei, and G. Zeng. 2013. The innovativeness and heterogeneity of foreign-invested high-tech companies in Shanghai. Growth and Change 44(4): 522-549.
  • Sun, Y.F., Y. Zhou, G.C.S. Lin, and Y.H.D. Wei. 2013. Subcontracting and Supplier Technology Upgrading: Evidence from China’s Information and Communication Technology Industry. Regional Studies 47(1)): 1766-1784.
  • Wei, Y.H.D., F. Yuan and F.H. Liao. 2013. Spatial Mismatch and Determinants of Foreign and Domestic ICT Firms in China. Professional Geographer 65(2): 247-264
  • Wei, Y.H.D. and F.H.F. Liao. 2013. FDI Embeddedness in Production and Innovation in China: Strategic Coupling in Global Production Networks? Habitat International 40: 82-90.
  • Liao, F.H.F. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2012. Dynamics, Space, and Regional Inequality in Provincial China: A Case Study of Guangdong Province. Applied Geography 35(1-2): 71-83.
  • Ye, X.Y. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2012. Regional Development, Disparities and Policies in Globalizing Asia. Regional Science Policy and Practice 4(3): 179-182.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 2012. Restructuring for Growth in Urban China: Transitional Institutions, Urban Development, and Spatial Transformation. Habitat International 36(3): 396-405.
  • Wei, Y.H.D., Y. Zhou, Y.F. Sun, and G.C.S. Lin. 2012. Production and R&D Networks of Foreign Ventures in China: Implications for Technological Dynamism and Regional Development. Applied Geography 32(1): 106-118.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. and I. Liefner. Globalization, 2012. Industrial Restructuring, and Regional Development in China. Applied Geography 32(1): 102-105.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 2011. Beyond the GPN-New Regionalism Divide in China: Restructuring the Clothing Industry, Remaking the Wenzhou Model. Geografiska Annaler B 93(3): 237-251.
  • Lin, G.C.S., C.C. Wang, Y. Zhou, Y.F Sun and Y.H.D. Wei. 2011.Placing Technological Innovation in Globalizing China: Production Linkage, Knowledge Exchange and Innovative Performance of the ICT Industry in a Developing Economy. Urban Studies 48(14): 2999-3018.
  • Wei, Y.H.D., D.L. Yu and X.J. Chen. 2011. Scale, Agglomeration, and Regional Inequality in Provincial China. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (Journal of Economic andSocial Geography) 102(4): 406-425.
  • Wei, Y.H.D., I. Liefner, and C.H. Miao. 2011.Network Configurations and R&D Activities of the ICT Industry in Suzhou Municipality, China. Geoforum 42: 484-495.
  • Zhou, Y. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2011. Globalization, Innovation, and Regional Development in China. Environment and Planning A 43: 781-785.
  • Huang, H. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2011. Location and Determinants of Foreign Investment in China. Erdkunde 65(1): 7-23.
  • Liefner, I. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2011.Geography and the Research on Contemporary China.  Erdkunde 65(1): 3-5.
  • Zhou, Y., Y.F. Sun, Y.H.D. Wei and G.C.S. Lin. 2011. De-centering ‘Spatial Fix’—Patterns of Territorialization and Regional Technological Dynamism of ICT Hubs in China. Journal of Economic Geography 11(1): 119-150.
  • Li, Y.R. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2010. A Spatial-Temporal Analysis of Health Care and Mortality Inequalities in Transitional China. Eurasian Geography and Economics 51(6): 767-787.
  • Wei, Y.H.D., J. Li and Y.M. Ning. 2010. Corporate Networks, Value Chains, and Spatial Organization: A Study of the Computer Industry in China. Urban Geography 31(8): 1118-1140.
  • Li, Y.R. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2010. The Spatial-Temporal Hierarchy of Regional Inequality of China. Applied Geography 30(3): 303-316.
  • Wei, Y.H.D., J. Luo, and Q. Zhou. 2010. Location Decisions and Network Configurations of Foreign Investment in Urban China. Professional Geographer 62(2): 264-283.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. and C.L. Gu. 2010. Industrial Development and Spatial Structure in Changzhou City, China: The Restructuring of the Sunan Model. Urban Geography 31(3): 321-347.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 2010. Beyond New Regionalism, Beyond Global Production Networks: Remaking the Sunan Model, China. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 28(1): 72-96.
  • Wei, Y.H.D.2009. China’s Shoe Manufacturing and the Wenzhou Model: Perspectives on the World’s Leading Producer and Exporter of Footwear. Eurasian Geography and Economics 50(6): 720-739.
  • Wei, Y.H.D., Y.Q. Lu, and W. Chen. 2009. Globalizing Regional Development in Sunan, China: Does Suzhou Industrial Park Fit a Neo-Marshallian District Model? Regional Studies 43(3): 409-427. Reprinted in Yeung, H.W.C. 2009 (ed.), Globalizing Regional Development in East Asia, pp. 132-152. London: Routledge.
  • Luo, J. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2009. Modeling Spatial Variations of Urban Growth Patterns in Chinese Cities: The Case of Nanjing. Landscape and Urban Planning 91(2): 51-64.
  • Wei, Y.H.D and X.Y. Ye. 2009. Beyond Convergence: Space, Scale, and Regional Inequality in China. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (Journal of Economic andSocial Geography)100(1): 59-80.
  • Wei, Y.H.D., C.K. Leung, W.M. Li and R. Pan. 2008. Institutions, Location, and Network of Multinational Enterprises in China: A Case Study of Hangzhou. Urban Geography 29(7): 639-661.
  • He, C.F., Y.H.D. Wei and X.Z. Xie. 2008. Globalization, Institutional Change, and Industrial Location: Economic Transition and Industrial Concentration in China. Regional Studies42(7): 923-945.
  • Yu, D.L. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2008. Spatial data analysis of regional development in Greater Beijing, China, in a GIS environment. Papers in Regional Science 87(1): 97-117.
  • Wei, Y.H.D., W.M. Li, and C.B. Wang. 2007. Restructuring Industrial Districts, Scaling Up Regional Development: A Study of the Wenzhou Model, China. Economic Geography 83(4): 421–444.
  • Yu, D.L., Y.H.D. Wei, and C.S. Wu. 2007. Modeling Spatial Dimensions of Housing Prices in Milwaukee, WI. Environment and Planning B 34(6): 1085-1102.
  • Miao, C.H., Y.H.D. Wei and H.T. Ma. 2007. Technological Learning and Innovation in China in the Context of Globalization. Eurasian Geography and Economics 48(6): 713–732.
  • He, C.F., Y.H.D. Wei, and F.H. Pan. 2007. Geographical Concentration of Manufacturing Industries in China: The Importance of Spatial and Industrial Scales. Eurasian Geography and Economics 48(5): 603-625.
  • Lu, L.C. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2007. Domesticating Globalization, New Economic Spaces, and Regional Polarization in Guangdong Province, China. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (Journal of Economic andSocial Geography) 98(2): 225-244.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 2007. Regional Development in China: Transitional Institutions, Embedded Globalization, and Hybrid Economies. Eurasian Geography and Economics 48(1): 16-36.
  • Wei. Y.H.D. 2006. Geographers and Globalization: The Future of Regional Geography. Environment and Planning A 38(8): 1395-1400.
  • Luo, J. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2006. Population Distribution and Spatial Structure in Transitional Chinese Cities: A Study of Nanjing. Eurasian Geography and Economics47(5): 585-603.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. and D.L. Yu. 2006. State Policy and the Globalization of Beijing: Emerging Themes. Habitat International 30(3): 377-395.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. and C.L. Fang. 2006. Geographical and Structural Constraints of Regional Development in Western China: A Study of Gansu Province. Issues and Studies 42(2):131-170.
  • Wei, Y.H.D., C.K. Leung, and J. Luo. 2006. Globalizing Shanghai: Foreign Investment and Urban Restructuring. Habitat International 30(2): 231-244.
  • Ye, X.Y. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2005. Geospatial Analysis of Regional Development in China: The Case of Zhejiang Province and the Wenzhou Model. Eurasian Geography and Economics 46(6): 445-464.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 2005. Planning Chinese Cities: The Limits of Transitional Institutions. Urban Geography 26(3): 200-221.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. and C.K. Leung. 2005. Development Zones, Foreign Investment, and Global-City Formation in Shanghai. Growth and Change 36(1): 16-40.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 2004. Trajectories of Ownership Transformation in China: Implications         for Uneven Regional Development. Eurasian Geography and Economics 45(2): 90-113.
  • Wei, Y.H.D and X.Y. Ye. 2004. Regional Inequality in Provincial China: A Case Study of Zhejiang. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (Journal of Economic and Social Geography) 95(1): 44-60.
  • Luo, J. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2004. Geostatistical Modeling of Urban Land Values in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Annals of GIS 10(1): 49-57.
  • Yu, D.L. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2003. Analyzing Regional Inequality in China in a GIS Environment. Eurasian Geography and Economics 44(7): 514-534.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. and Y.J. Jia. 2003. The Geographical Foundations of Local State Initiatives: Globalizing Tianjin, China. Cities 20(2): 101-114.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. and C.L. Fang. 2003. Urban Expansion and Land Use Restructuring in Hangzhou, China. Asian Geographer 22(1-2): 71-85.
  • Weng, Q.H. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2003. Introduction: Land Use and Land Cover Changes in China under Reform and Globalization. Asian Geographer 22(1-2): 1-3.
  • Lu, Y.Q. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2003. The Natural Basis of the Formation of the Dual-nuclei Structural Model. Journal of Geographical Sciences 13(1): 85-96.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 2002. Beyond the Sunan model: Trajectory and Underlying Factors of Development in Kunshan, China. Environment and Planning A 34(10):1725-1747
  • Wei, Y.H.D. and G.C.S. Lin. 2002. China's Restless Urban Landscapes 2: Socialist State, Globalization, and Urban Change. Environment and Planning A 34(10): 1721-1724.
  • Lin, G.C.S. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2002. China's Restless Urban Landscapes 1: New Challenges
    for Theoretical Reconstruction. Environment and Planning A 34(9): 1535-1544.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. and W.M. Li. 2002. Reforms, Globalization, and Urban Growth in China: The Case of Hangzhou. Eurasian Geography and Economics 43(6): 459-475.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. and S. Kim. 2002. Widening Intercounty Inequality in Jiangsu Province, China, 1950-1995. Journal of Development Studies 38(6): 142-164.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 2002. Multiscale and Multimechanisms of Regional Inequality in China. Journal of Contemporary China 11(30): 109-124.
    Huang, R.H. and Y.H.D. Wei. 2002. Analyzing Neighborhood Accessibility via Transit in a GIS Environment. Annals of GIS 8(1): 39-47.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 2001. Decentralization, Marketization, and Globalization: The Triple Processes Underlying Regional Development in China. Asian Geographer 20(1-2): 7-23.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 2000. Investment and Regional Development in Post-Mao China. GeoJournal 51: 169-179.
  • Wei, Y.H.D and C.C. Fan. 2000. Regional Inequality in China: A Case Study of Jiangsu Province. Professional Geographer 52(3): 455-69.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 2000. Fiscal System, Investment, and Regional Development in Jiangsu Province. Issues and Studies 36(2): 73-98.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 1999. Regional Inequality in China. Progress in Human Geography 23(1): 49-59.
  • Wei, Y.H.D. 1999. Change in Industrial Ownership Structure in China. Geography 84(3): 193-203.
  • Wei, Y.H. 1998.Economic Reforms and Regional Development in Coastal China.  Journal of Contemporary Asia 28(4): 498-517.
  • Wei, Y.H. 1998. Regional Inequality of Industrial Output in China, 1952-90. Geografiska Annaler B 80(1): 1-15.
  • Ma, L.J.C. and Y.H. Wei. 1997. Determinants of State Investment in China, 1953-1990. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (Journal of Economic and Social Geography) 88(3): 211-225.
  • Wei, Y.H. 1997. Interregional Migration in Transitional Socialist Countries: The Case of China. GeoJournal 41(3): 205-14.
  • Wei, Y.H. 1997. State Policy and Urban Systems: The Case of China. Journal of Chinese Geography 7(1): 1-10.
  • Wei, Y.H. 1996. Fiscal Systems and Uneven Regional Development in China, 1978-1991. Geoforum 27(3): 329-344.
  • Wei, Y.H. and L.J.C. Ma. 1996. Changing Patterns of Spatial Inequality in China, 1952-1990. Third World Planning Review 18(2): 177-191.
  • Wei, Y.H. 1995. Spatial and Temporal Variations of the Relationship between State Investment and Industrial Output in China. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (Journal of Economic and Social Geography) 86(2): 129-136 Wei, Y.H. 1995. Large Chinese Cities: A Review and a Research Agenda. Asian Geographer 14(1): 1-13.
  • Wei, Y.H. 1994. Urban Policy, Economic Policy, and the Growth of Large Cities in China. Habitat International 18(4): 53-65.
  • Wei, Y.H. 1993. Urban Land Use Transformation and Determinants of Urban Land Use Size in China. GeoJournal 30(4): 435-440.