Academic Staff
Dr. Yang Chun

Prof. YANG, Chun (楊春教授)


Economic Geography,
Urban and Regional Development, China

AAB 1230
(852) 3411 5830
(852) 3411 5990


  • Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • M.Sc, Sun Yat-sen University, China
  • B.Sc., Sun Yat-sen University, China



  • Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University, UK (2019)
  • Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, USA (2008)
  • Department of Geography, University of Utah, USA (2008)



  • Editorial Board Member (Dec 2014 – ) Journal of Economic Geography (Oxford University Press)
  • Associate Editor (Jan 2014 -) Regional Studies, Regional Science (Regional Studies Association and Taylor & Francis)
  • Editorial Board Member (Jan. 2015 – ) Bandung: Journal of the Global South (Brill)



  • GEOG/CHSG2025 Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta: A Survey
  • GEOG/CHSG3006 Regional Geography of China (Required course)
  • GEOG4026 Geography of Economic Development



  • Urban and regional development
  • Globalization and cross-border production networks of transnational corporations
  • Geographies of innovation and technology
  • Industrial restructuring and local clusters
  • Cross-border regions and geopolitics of regional governance
  • China (especially the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area) and Southeast Asia



ORCID: 0000-0002-0169-3449  Self Photos / Files - yang chun orcid id


Evolving Spaces and Scales of Innovation in China: The Emergence of Makerspace Innovation in Digital Fabrication in Shenzhen. General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong Research Grants Council, 2020 –  2023, HK$ 816,600. As Principal Investigator.


Digital Ageing in the Greater Bay Area: A Comparative Study of the Social Media Platforms Adopted by the Cross-border Old Adults from Hong Kong and Local Ageing People in the Pearl River Delta. Hong Kong Baptist University Research Development Fund: Research Network on Healthy Ageing, 2021 – 2022, HK$168,000. As Principal Investigator.

Cross-border Fresh Fruits Production and Trade networks of Chinese Firms in ASEAN in the Context of “One Belt One Road” Initiatives (一帶一路背景下中國企業在東盟國家的跨境水果生產和貿易網絡研究). National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), 2021 – 2024. RMB550,000. As Principal Investigator.

The Evolution of Creative Industry Clusters: A Comparison of Cases in China and Germany.  Germany Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) and Hong Kong Research Grant Council, Germany/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme. 2017– 2019, HK$99,800. As Principal Investigator.

China–ASEAN Industrial Relocation and Restructuring of Regional Production Networks: Evidence from Vietnam and Cambodia (全球生产网络视角下中国东盟产业转移及区域生产网络重构: 以跨国公司从珠三角转向越南和柬埔寨为例). National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), 2016 – 2019, RMB580,000. As Principal Investigator.

Moving to the Inland: Spatial Reorganization of Regional Production Networks in China’s “World Factory”. Hong Kong Baptist University Faculty Research Grant II, 2015 – 2017, HK$150,000. As Principal Investigator.


From Exports to Selling in China: Market Rebalancing of Transnational Corporations and Restructuring of the Export-led Development Model. General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong Research Grants Council, 2013 – 2016, HK$994,887. As Principal Investigator.


Regional Innovation Systems in Post-reform China: Indigenous Innovation and Regional Transformation in the Pearl River Delta. General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong Research Grants Council, 2010 – 2013, HK$796,145. As Principal Investigator.


Restructuring of Hong Kong Manufacturing in the Pearl River Delta: Challenges and Policy Responses. Public Policy Research (PPR), Hong Kong Research Grant Council, 2009 – 2011, HK$373,152. As Principal Investigator.


Industrial Clusters of Hong Kong and Taiwanese Investment in Mainland China: the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta as Cases. Competitive Earmarked Research Grant (CERG), Hong Kong Research Grant Council, 2005 – 2008, HK$586,680. As Principal Investigator.


Yang, C. (2020) The transformation of foreign investment-induced exo(genous)-urbanisation amidst industrial restructuring in the Pearl River Delta, China. Urban Studies, 57(3): 618-635. doi.org/10.1177/0042098019859266.

Yang, C. and Chan, D. Y-T. (2020) Market Expansion of Domestic Gaming Firms in Shenzhen, China: Dilemma of Globalization and Regionalization. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie. doi: 10.1111/tesg.12459.

Fu, T., Yang, C. and Li, L. (2020) Market imperative and cluster evolution in China: evidence from Shunde. Regional Studies, 54(2): 244-255. doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2019.1673329

Pan, F., Yang, C., Wang, H. and Wójcik, D. (2020) Linking global financial networks with regional development: a case study of Linyi, China, Regional Studies, 54(2): 187-197. doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2019.1599844

Su, X., Agnew, J., Cox, K., Yang, C. and Lim, K. F. (2020) Review forum of Kean Fan Lim’s book (2019) On Shifting Foundations: State Rescaling, Policy Experimentation and Economic Restructuring in Post-1949 China. Oxford: Wiley. Political Geographyhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2020.102244.

Yang, C. (2019) “Reterritorialization”, in Orum, T. ed. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies, John Wiley & Sons, pp. 1699-1704. doi.org/10.1002/9781118568446.eurs0270.

Hu, X. and Yang, C. (2019) Institutional change and divergent economic resilience:  Path development of two resource-depleted cities in China. Urban Studies, 56(16):  3466-3485. doi.org/10.1177/0042098018817223.

Hu, X. and Yang, C. (2018) Building a Role Model for Rust Belt Cities? Fuxin’s Economic Revitalization in Question. Cities, 72: 245-251. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2017.09.002.

Seamus, G. and Yang, C. (2018) From foreign technology dependence towards greater innovation autonomy: China’s integration into the information and communications technology (ICT) global value chain (GVC). Area Development and Policy, 3(1): 132-148. doi: 10.1080/23792949.2017.1305870.

Yang, C. (2017) The Rise of Strategic Partner Firms and Reconfiguration of Personal Computer Production Networks in China: Insights from the Emerging Laptop Cluster in Chongqing. Geoforum, 84: 21-31. doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.05.010.

Yang, C. and Fu, T. (2017) From Exports to Sell in China: Transformation of the Export-oriented Furniture Firms in the Pearl River Delta. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 99 (4): 380-398. doi:10.1080/04353684.2017.1365255.

Yang, C. and He, C. (2017) Transformation of China’s “World Factory”: Production Relocation and Export Evolution of the Electronics Firms. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie. 108 (5): 571-591. doi: 10.1111/tesg.12222

Yang, C., Fu, T. and Li, L. (2017) Emerging Adaptation of Local Clusters in China in a Shifting Global Economy: Evidence from Furniture Cluster in Houjie Town, Dongguan. Growth and Change, 48 (2): 214-232. doi: 10.1111/grow.12191

Yang, C. (2017) Industrial Restructuring, in Richardson, D., Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Liu, W., Kobayashi, A. and Marston, R. (eds.) The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0471.

Yang, C. (2017) Innovation and Regional Development, in Richardson, D., Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Liu, W., Kobayashi, A. and Marston, R. (eds.) The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0886.

Yang, C. (2017) Manufacturing Industry, in Richardson, D., Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Liu, W., Kobayashi, A. and Marston, R. (eds.) The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0103.

Yang, C. (2016) Relocating labour-intensive manufacturing firms from China to Southeast Asia: a preliminary investigation. Bandung: Journal of the Global South, 3 (3):1-13. doi: 10.1186/s40728-016-0031-4.

Yang, C. (2016) Evolution of Regional Innovation Systems in China: Insights from Emerging Indigenous Innovation in Shenzhen, in Shearmur, R., Carrincazeaux, C. and Doloreux, D. eds., Handbook on the Geographies of Innovation, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp. 322-333. doi: 10.4337/9781784710774.00035.

Yang, C. (2015) Government Policy Change and Evolution of Regional Innovation Systems in China: Evidence from Strategic Emerging Industries in Shenzhen. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 33 (3): 661-680. doi: 10.1068/C12162r.

Yang, C. (2014) State-led Technological Innovation of Domestic Firms in Shenzhen, China: Evidence from Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Industry. Cities, Vol. 38: 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2013.12.005.

Yang, C. (2014) Market Rebalancing of Global Production Networks in the Post-Washington Consensus Globalizing Era: Transformation of Export-oriented Development in China. Review of International Political Economy, 21 (1): 130-156. doi: 10.1080/09692290.2013.776616.

Liu, Y. and Yang, C. (2014) Strategic Coupling of Local Firms in Global Production Networks: The Rise of the Home Appliance Industry in Shunde, China. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 54 (4): 444-463. doi: 10.1080/15387216.2014.883286.

Yang, C. (2013) From Strategic Coupling to Recoupling and Decoupling: Restructuring of Global Production Networks and Regional Evolution in China. European Planning Studies, 21 (7): 1046-1063. doi: 10.1080/09654313.2013.733852.

Yang, C. and Li, S.-M. (2013) Transformation of Cross-boundary Governance in the Greater Pearl River Delta, China: Contested Geopolitics and Emerging Conflicts. Habitat International, Vol. 40: 23-34. doi: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2013.02.001.

Yang, C. (2012) Restructuring the Export-oriented Industrialization in the Pearl River Delta, China: Institutional Evolution and Emerging Tension. Applied Geography, 32: 143-157. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2010.10.013.

Yang, C. (2011) Spatial Transformation of Cross-Border Production Networks of Taiwanese Investment in Mainland China: The Case of Personal Computer Industry. Acta Geographica Sinica, 66 (10): 1343-1354. China Geographical Society.

Yang, C. and Liao, F. H. (2010) Industrial Agglomeration of Hong Kong and Taiwanese Manufacturing Investment in China: A Town-level Analysis in Dongguan. The Annals of Regional Science, 45 (3): 487-517. doi: 10.1007/s00168-009-0305-8.

Yang, C. and Liao, F. H. (2010) Backward Linkages of Cross-border Production Networks of Taiwanese PC Investment in the Pearl River Delta, China. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 101 (1): 199-217. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9663.2009.00540.x.

Yang, C. (2009) Strategic Coupling of Regional Development in Global Production Networks: Redistribution of Taiwanese Personal Computer Investment from the Pearl River Delta to the Yangtze River Delta. Regional Studies, 43 (3): 385-407. doi: 10.1080/00343400802508836.

Yang, C. (2007) Divergent Hybrid Capitalisms in China: Hong Kong and Taiwanese Electronics Clusters in Dongguan. Economic Geography, 83 (4): 395-420. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-8287.2007.tb00380.x.

Yang, C. (2006) The Geopolitics of Cross-boundary Governance in the Greater Pearl River Delta, China: A Case Study of the Proposed Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. Political Geography, 25 (7): 817-835. doi:  10.1016/j.polgeo.2006.08.006.

Yang, C. (2006) The Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong: An Evolving Cross-boundary Region under “One Country, Two Systems”. Habitat International, Vol. 30: 61-86. doi: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2004.06.004

Yang, C. (2006) Overseas Chinese Investment in Transition: The Case of Dongguan. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 47 (5): 604-622. doi: 10.2747/1538-7216.47.5.604.

Yang, C. (2005) An Emerging Cross-boundary Metropolis in China: Hong Kong and Shenzhen under “Two Systems”. International Development Planning Review, 27 (2): 195-225. doi: 10.3828/idpr.27.2.3.

Yang, C. (2005) Multi-level Governance in the Cross-boundary Region of Hong Kong-Pearl River Delta, China. Environment and Planning A, 37 (12): 2147-2167. doi: 10.1068/a37230.