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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 …2024

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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 (Charlotte) YANG is a Professor of Economic Geography and Associate Dean (Research) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University. 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. 

Prof. Yang’s research interests lie in urban and regional development, global/cross-border production networks/value chains, geographies of transnational corporations, geographies of innovation and technology, industrial restructuring and evolution of local clusters in the digital and platform economy, with geographical focuses on China, particularly the Hong Kong-Guangdong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and Southeast Asia.

Prof. Yang has undertaken major research projects funded by Hong Kong Research Grant Council (RGC), National Sciences Foundation of China (NSFC), Our Hong Kong Foundation (OHKF), DAAD-RGC Joint Research Scheme and JETRO. She is currently leading two RGC-funded GRF projects: one on the digital platform-driven industrial restructuring and reconfiguration of smart production networks in the Greater Bay Area. and the other regarding the evolving space and scales of innovation in China and particularly the emergence of makerspace innovation in Shenzhen; a book project on Hong Kong Chronicles- Urban Transport Volume funded by OHKF, and a NSFC project on the cross-border fresh fruit production and trade networks of China's platform firms in ASEAN in the Belt and Road Initiatives. 

Professor Yang has recently co-edited three Special Issues in top international journals on the topics of digital transformation and value chains (Global Networks, 2022, with Florian Butollo, Gary Gerreffi, and Martin Krzywdzinski), the evolution of creative industrial clusters (Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 2021, with Robert Hassink) and transdisciplinary research on healthy ageing (International Journal of Environment Research and Public Health, with Daniel Lai and Elsie Yan).

Prof. Yang serves as Full Editor, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society (May 2023- ) and editorial board members of Journal of Economic Geography (Dec. 2014- ), Applied Geography (Oct. 2022- ), Progress in Economic Geography (Oct. 2022- ), Co-Editor of 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. 2019).

Professor Yang held Visiting Scholarships in the Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies, Harvard University and University of Utah, United States (2008); University of Newcastle, U.K.  (2019) and National Chengchi University, Taiwan (2010). For further information, please see her webpage at


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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • 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
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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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