Assistant Professor |School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Center for the Social Sciences

Dr. Wang earned her PhD from the Department of Geography at the Ohio State University in December 2016. Her research interests include critical urban theories, critical planning studies, and China’s great urban transformation. Her current empirical research focuses on China’s new town movement and the construction frenzy of metro networks. Her research agenda crosses diverse disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological boundaries. By integrating multiple epistemological strands – Marxist political economy, urban political ecology, post-humanism, etc. – her research reveals how social and material space is produced and reproduced in the Chinese city through intertwined processes. Dr. Wang has won multiple grants in China and the U.S., including the prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) grant of the U.S. National Science Foundation (as PI). Her publications have appeared in a range of important international and Chinese academic journals.

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urban political economy/ecology, post-human urban theories, planning culture and politics, new towns, mega-infrastructure, China's great urban transformation, research methodologies


1. Introduction to Globalization (SS047)

2. World Regional Geography (SS067)

3. The City and Technology (SS082)

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1. Lili Wang (forthcoming). China’s New Town Movements since 1949: A State/Space Perspective. Progress in Planning.

2. Hao Chen, Lili Wang (corresponding author), Paul Waley (2019). The Right to Envision the City? The Emerging Vision Conflicts in Redeveloping Historic Nanjing, China. Urban Affairs Review.

3. Lili Wang, Xiaoling Zhang (2019). Making an Urban Ecotopia in China: Knowledge, Power, and Governmentality: Space, Scale and Governance in the New Urban Era. In Xiaoling Zhang (ed.) Remaking Sustainable Urbanism: Space, Scale, and Governance in the New Urban Era. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.

4. Hao Chen, Lili Wang, Jingxiang Zhang (2018) State spatial selectivity and the property-led development of urban new town in China: A case study of Hexi New Town in Nanjing. Human Geography, 33 (5): 63-70. (In Chinese)

5. Lili Wang (2014). Uneven ‘Right to the City’: Theorizing the New Communal Living Space and a New Form of Urban Politics in China. In Youqin Huang and Siming Li eds. Polarized Residential Landscape in Transitional Chinese Cities: Housing Inequality and Residential Differentiation in Chinese Cities. New York: Routledge.

6. Jingxiang Zhang, Lili Wang, Zhendong Luo (2009). Multi-dimensional Scanning of Urban Mega-Projects in the Context of Globalization. Human Geography, (4): 1-5. (In Chinese)

7. Lili Wang, Jingxiang Zhang (2008). Investigation on Urban Mega-Projects and Its Effects within a Global Context. Urban Planning International, 23 (6): 53-58. (In Chinese)

8. Lili Wang (2007). Example Research of the Fitness of Urban Ecological Niche- Using 13 Cities of Jiangsu Province as Examples. Modern Urban Research, (3): 73-80. (In Chinese)

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