I have a complex experience of education before I finally decide to study urban planning, generally. I have majored in urban planning, architecture design and human geography. Learning experiences in these different fields allowing me to understand urban planning better, both from macro- and micro-perspectives. I combine my personal interests in history, philosophy and archaeology with my major, and finally have planning theory and planning history as my research interests.

As for planning theory, I have studied the development of modern planning theory in the last 2 centuries in my doctoral dissertation. I believe this sets a stage for a deeper theoretical research for me. I suppose that one can trace the development of modern planning theory both from a chronological order and from an internal logic, such as philosophical traditions, ontology and epistemology, etc. This is what I'm at present concerning and working with. Structuralism, positivism,  pragmatism, rationalism... how do these affect planning theory? I wonder. Besides this, I think there are pairs or groups of concepts in planning theory debate such as public and private; left and right; late-, post- and neo-; class, race and gender that await us to argue.

I have turned my interests to planning history in ancient time, and of the western world in modern times, from the industrial revolution to the present time as I was engaged in postdoctoral work at BNU. I especially curious about how cities evolve from primary settlements or proto-urban settlements, and believe that agriculture, trade, religion and military could all be possible factors for origins of cities. Another focus of my planning historical study is the modern western planning history. My post-doc report mainly discusses how western urban and regional planning practices go ahead after 1945. I've also written a book named A Brief History of Modern Western Urban Planning which is published in Southeast University Press in 2010. Right now I’m working with a textbook entitled “An outline of Planning History” in Chinese, and a monography called “Chinese Ancient Planning History”. I also hope to finish two other books, probably called “A Planning Theory Reader for the Postgraduates”, and “Planning Theory in A World Labeled 'Post', 'Neo-', and 'Late-'”.

Research work

My research mainly concerns philosophical tradition and evolvement mechanism of planning theory, and western planning history in ancient time and since the 19th century.