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economic geography, urban studies, regional studies, geographies of technological innovation, digital transformation and platform ecosystems, global production networks/global value chains, geographies of foreign investment and transnational corporations, industrial clusters, China, Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Southeast Asia, One Belt One Road Initiatives.

1993 …2023

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economic geography, urban studies, regoinal studies, geographies of technologies and innovation, digital transformation and platforms, global production networks/value chains, geographies of transnational corporations and forieng investment, industrial restructuring, cross-border regions, China, Greater Bay Area, Southeast Asia, One Belt One Road initiatives.


Chun YANG is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Hong Kong Baptist University, where she serves as the Associate Dean (Research) at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Prior to joining HKBU, she held academic positions at the Institute of Pacific Asian Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Geography at the University of Hong Kong, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at Sun Yat-sen University, and engaged in public-policy research at One Country Two Systems Research Institute, Hong Kong. She was a Visiting Scholar at Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, United States (2008) and Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University, United Kingdom (2019).

Prof. Yang’s research interests lie in the areas of economic geography; urban and regional development; global production networks/global value chains and local economic development; geographies of technologies and innovation, geographies of transnational corporations and foreign investment, digital transformation and platform ecosystems, industrial restructuring, cross-border regions and governance, with a geographcial focus on China (particularly Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area) and Southeast Asia (particularly Vietnam, Cambodia). She has published extensively in leading international journals, such as Economic Geography, Political Geography, Regional Studies, Urban Studies, Environment and Planning A, Annals of the American Associatoin of Geographers, Applied Geography, Geofum, etc. 

Prof. Yang is on the editorial board of Journal of Economic Geography (Dec. 2014- ), Progress in Economic Geography (Oct. 2022- ), Bandung: Journal of Global South (Jan. 2015 - ), Editorial Advisory Board of Environment and Planning A: Space and Economy (July 2022- ) and International Advisory Board of Weizenbaum Journal of the Digital Society (Jan. 2021-) and was Associate Editor, Regional Studies, Regional Science (Jan. 2014- Dec. 2016). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD, Thesis Title: Foreign Investment and Urbanization: A Case Study of the Post-1978 Pearl River Delta, China, The University of Hong Kong

Award Date: 1 Dec 1996

MPhil, Regional Inequality in Guangdong, China after Opening and Reform, Sun Yat-Sen University

Bachelor, Sun Yat-Sen University


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