Academic Staff
Dr. Hao Pu

Dr. Hao Pu (郝璞博士)

Associate Head of Department
Associate Professor

Urban Geography, Migration and Mobility,
Urban Housing, Informal Settlements

AAB 1235
(852) 3411 7166
(852) 3411 5990


  • Ph.D., Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
  • M.Sc., International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), The Netherlands.
  • M.Eng. and B.Eng., Wuhan University, China



  • Urban Geography
  • Urban Development in China
  • Globalization of Economic Activities



  • Urban geography
  • Migration and mobility
  • Informal settlements
  • Urban housing



  • Coordinator of SOSC Broad-based Admission Programme
  • Member of MA in Global Society Programme Management Committee
  • Member of the Student Advisory Team
  • Referee for academic journals and grant: Applied Geography (2014-); Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy (2014-); Asian Geographer (2015); Asian and Pacific Migration Journal (2018-); Asian Population Studies (2019); BMC Public Health (2021); China Economic Review (2019-); Chinese Sociological Review (2020); Ciência Rural (2019-); Cities (2011-); Economic Modelling (2021); Environment and Planning A (2012-); Environment and Planning C (2013-); Gender, Place and Culture (2020); Geoforum (2016); Geographical Review (2018); Geografiska Annaler B (2017); Growth and Change (2020); Habitat International (2011-); Housing Policy Debate (2019); International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2018); International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2018); Journal of Design Research (2013-); Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2018-); Journal of Housing and the Built Environment (2019); Journal of Rural Studies (2019); Journal of Urban Design (2016); Journal of Urban Management (2018); Journal of Urban Planning and Development (2018); Journal of Urbanism (2014-); Land (2019); Land Use Policy (2016-); Palgrave Communications (2020); Planning Theory and Practice (2021); Population and Environment (2019); Population Research and Policy Review (2018-); Population, Space and Place (2018); Technology in Society (2020); The Professional Geographer (2019); SAGE Open (2019); Scientific Reports (2019); Social Science Research (2021); Spatial Statistics (2016); Sustainability (2018); Sustainable Cities and Society (2018-); Urban Geography (2018); Urban, Planning and Transport Research (2017); Urban Studies (2012-); National Natural Science Foundation of China (2015-2020).



  • 2016 The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy China Program International Fellowship
  • 2012 Best Wiley-Blackwell content on the Changing Urban Landscapes of China
  • 2011 Best Student Paper Award of the Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research (APNHR) Conference



External Grants


Research Grants Council (RGC), Early Career Scheme (ECS) HKBU 22609018, “Rural landholdings and the geographic and social mobility of China’s rural migrants”, 1/2019-12/2022, HK$983,540. as PI.

Research Grants Council (RGC), General Research Fund (GRF) HKBU12605715, “Economic geography of unplanned commercial establishments: An investigation of Shenzhen’s urban villages”, 1/2016-6/2018, HK$488,500. as PI.

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy China Program International Fellowship, “The effect of landholdings on the mobility and wellbeing of rural migrants in urban China”, 2/2016-2/2017, US$31,000. as PI.

National Natural Science Foundation of China, NSFC 41401167, “The location choice and spatial organization patterns of urban informal economies in big cities”, 1/2015-12/2017, RMB230,000. as PI.

Internal Grants


Hong Kong Baptist University Faculty Research Grant, FRGII/15-16/026, “Migration destinations in the urban hierarchy: A study in Jiangsu”, 8/2016-7/2018, HK$149,760. as PI.

Hong Kong Baptist University Faculty Research Grant, FRGII/13-14/082, “Rural-urban migration in post-reform China: A trade-off between rural land and urban residency”, 8/2014-1/2016, HK$99,800. as PI.

Hong Kong Baptist University Faculty Research Grant, FRG I/12-13/072, “Understanding the economic geography of urban informal settlements in China”, 11/2013-3/2015, HK$50,000. as PI.

Peer-reviewed Publications


Hao P and He S. (2022) What is holding farmers back? Endowments and mobility choice of rural citizens in China. Journal of Rural Studies, 89: 66-72.

Hao P. (2021) Do landholdings affect social mobility in China? A study of rural migrants in Jiangsu. Cities DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2020.102977.

Hao P. (2020) Ancestral country. Dialogues in Human Geography 10(3) 382-385.

Cui J, Cui C, Mu X and Hao P. (2020) Home in the big city: Does place of origin affect homeownership among the post-80s in Shanghai. Housing Studies DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2020.1853070.

Tang S, Hao P and Feng J. (2020). Consumer behavior of rural migrant workers in urban China. Cities DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2020.102856.


Tang S and Hao P. (2019) The return intentions of China’s rural migrants: Study in Nanjing and Suzhou, Journal of Urban Affairs, 41(3): 354-371.

Yang Z, Hao P and Wu D. (2019) Children’s education or parents’ employment: How do people choose their place of residence in Beijing, Cities, 93: 197-205.

Hao P and Tang S. (2018) Migration destinations in the urban hierarchy in China: Evidence from Jiangsu, Population, Space and Place 24(2) 1-14.

Hao P and Tang S. (2018) What keeps China’s floating population from moving? Chinese Journal of Sociology 4(1): 30-55.

Tang S and Hao P. (2018) Floaters, settlers, and returnees: Settlement intention and hukou conversion of China’s rural migrants, The China Review 18(1) 11-34.

Du H, Li S-M and Hao P. (2017) ‘Anyway you are an outsider’: Temporary migrants in urban China. Urban Studies 55(14): 3185-3201.

Tang S, Hao P and Huang X. (2016) Land conversion and urban settlement intention of the rural population in China: Case study of suburban Nanjing. Habitat International 51(1) 149-158.

Yang Z, Hao P, Liu W and Cai J. (2016) Peri-urban agricultural development in Beijing: Varied forms, innovative practices and policy implications. Habitat International 56(1) 222-234.

Hao P and Tang S. (2015) Floating or settling down: The effect of rural landholdings on the settlement intention of rural migrants in urban China. Environment and Planning A 47(9) 1979-1999.

Hao P. (2015) The effects of residential patterns and chengzhongcun housing on segregation in Shenzhen. Eurasian Geography and Economics 56(3) 308-330.

Lin Y, Hao P and Geertman S. (2015) A conceptual framework on modes of governance for the regeneration of Chinese ‘villages in the city’. Urban Studies 52(10) 1774-1790.

Yang Z, Hao P and Cai J. (2015) Economic clusters: A bridge between economic and spatial policies with a case of Beijing. Cities 42(2) 171-185.

Hao P, Geertman S, Hooimeijer P and Sliuzas R. (2013) Spatial analyses of the urban village development process in Shenzhen, China. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37(6) 2177-2197.

Hao P, Hooimeijer P, Sliuzas R and Geertman S. (2013) What drives the spatial development of urban villages in China? Urban Studies 50(16) 3394-3411.

Hao P, Geertman S, Hooimeijer P and Sliuzas R. (2012) The land-use diversity in urban villages in Shenzhen. Environment and Planning A 44(11) 2742-2764.

Hao P, Sliuzas R and Geertman S. (2011) The development and redevelopment of urban villages in Shenzhen. Habitat International 35(2) 214-224.

Non peer-reviewed Publications


Hao, P. (2021) Baishizhou: The life and death of Shenzhen’s largest urban village, in Karolina Bregula (Ed.) Exercises in Losing Control. pp. 25-35. Szczecin: Art Academy of Szczecin Press

Hao P. (2019) China’s urban housing: Past and present, in R. Yep, J. Wang and T. Johnson (Eds) Edward Elgar Handbook on Urban Development in China, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Hao P. (2019) Spatial analysis, in T. Orum (Ed.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Hao P. (2016) The effects of residential pattern and chengzhongcun housing on segregation in Shenzhen, China, in K.W. Chan, S.J. He and S-M Li (Eds.) Mobility and Communities: Socio-Spatial Transformation in Chinese Cities. pp. 132-156. Abingdon-on-Thames: Taylor & Francis.

Hao P. (2015) Urban villages and the contestation of urban space: The case of Shenzhen, in D. Wang and S. He (Eds.) Mobility, Sociability and Wellbeing of Urban Living. pp. 93-110. Berlin: Springer.

Li S-M and Hao P. (2016) Socio-spatial differentiation of permanent residents and new immigrants from Mainland China, in S.Y.P. Choi and E. Fong (Eds.) Migration in Post-Colonial Hong Kong. pp. 52-81. London: Routledge.

Hao P. (2015) Urban villages and the contestation of urban space: The case of Shenzhen, in D.G. Wang and S.J. He (Eds.) Mobility, Sociability and Wellbeing of Urban Living. pp. 93-110. Berlin: Springer.

Hao P. (2015) Residential segregation and the spatial pattern of housing provision in post-reform Chinese cities: A case study of Shenzhen, in N. Moore-Cherry and M. Pineira-Mantinan (Eds.) Addressing Complex Urban Challenges: Social, Economic and Cultural Transformations in the City. pp. 111-127. Santiago de Compostela: University of Santiago de Compostela.

Hao P. (2014) Spatial development patterns and trends of ‘villages in the city’ in Shenzhen, in K. Shannon, B. De Meulder and Y. Lin (Eds.) Village in the City: Asian Variations of Urbanisms of Inclusion. pp. 66-69. Zürich: Park Books.

Hao P, Geertman S, Hooimeijer P and Sliuzas R. (2013) Spatial evolution of urban villages in Shenzhen, in F.L. Wu, F. Zhang and C. Webster (Eds.) Rural Migrants in Urban China: Enclaves and Transient Urbanism. pp. 202-219. London: Routledge.

Hao P. (2012) Spatial Evolution of Urban Villages in Shenzhen. Utrecht: Utrecht University. ISBN: 978-90-6266-295-1.

Hao P, Sliuzas R and Geertman S. (2010) Race against planning: Unplanned urban space in Shenzhen, in M. Provoost (Ed.) New Towns for the 21st Century: The Planned vs. the Unplanned City. pp. 186-195. Amsterdam: SUN Publishers.