Urbanization and urban transformation in China is one of the most important aspects of global development in the 21st century. The fast speed of changes and the complexity of development in major Chinese cities pose a great challenge to urban researchers in China. 

This International Centre Partnership brings together researchers from three leading urban research organisations: the Urban Big Data Centre at University of Glasgow, the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) at University of Sheffield, and the CASS Institute of Urban and Environmental Studies in Beijing. It will allow collaborative and comparative research on three important and interrelated urban development issues of migration, segregation and inequality, and will make significant contributions in research findings, new methods, theoretical development and policy impact.

This partnership will fulfil the core aim of the Newton Fund, through the development of close scientific and innovative research collaboration and promoting the economic development and welfare of Chinese people, especially the 250 million migrant workers living in cities and towns.

The project is due to run until August 2018. More information about the project, upcoming events and related research activities can be found on the University of Glasgow website.


  • Ya Ping Wang (Principal Investigator), Urban Studies, University of Glasgow 
  • Yu Chen (Co-Investigator), East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield 
  • Gwilym Pryce (Co-Investigator), Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheffield 
  • Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah (Co-Investigator), Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow
  • Guanpeng Dong, Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool
  • Nema Dean, Mathematics & Statistics, University of Glasgow
  • Yeran Sun, Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow
  • Keith Kintrea, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow