Position:

Professor and Associate Dean
Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: T2-601-R1
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                                              Prof. Simon Zhao 
  
Academic & Professional Qualifications
  • Ph.D., University of Manchester, U.K.
  • M.Sc., Graduate School of Academia Sinica, Beijing, China
  • B.Sc., Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
Academic Interests
  •  Urban Studies, Urbanization, Urban & Regional Planning,
  • Economic Geography and Geography of Finance and Trade
  • Global and Chinese Financial Centres Development; FDI, MNC, WTO and China’s Spatial Transformation
  • Hong Kong, PRD and Greater Bay Area Economic Development, Integration and Industrial Transformation
 Selected Research Project / Grants
  • Deputy Project Coordinator and Co-Principal Investigator (Founder), Enhancing Hong Kong’s Future as a Leading International Financial Centre, HK$15 mil., Hong Kong RGC Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS), 2012.8.31-2017.8.31.
  • Deputy Convenor, China Business and Economics, HK$5 mil. (with HK$2.5 mil. faculty matching fund), HKU Strategic Research Areas and Themes, 2014.8-2017.12
  • International Fellowship (PRC), Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (US/MIT based), US$30k, 2014-15.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Strategic Planning for Zhuhai Hengqin Special Economic Zone Financial Sub-centre and Service Industries, RMB¥0.48 mil., funded by Zhuhai Municipal Government, Guangdong, China.
 Selected Publications
  • Zhao, X.B (2018) “Alibaba and the Unpredictability of China’s State-led Global Financial Networks”, Dialogues in Human Geography, 8 (3), 276-280.
  • Li C L and Zhao X.B. (2018) “The rise of international financial centres in bank-based and market-based financial systems”, Banks and Bank Systems, 13(4), 161-172.
  • Zhao X.B. et al (2018) “粤港澳大湾区发展的理论框架与发展战略探究”, 地理科学进展(Progress in Geography), 37 (12)
  • Zhao, X.B., Guo, S., Li, C. L. K. and Smith, C. (2017) “Megacities, the World Largest Cities Unleashed: Major Trends and Dynamics in Contemporary Global Urban Development”, World Development, 98, 257-289 (ScienceDirect: New York). (60%, The 4* ISI Citation 2016 Impact Factor 2.84, ranked 32/347 in Economics).
  • Wójcik, D., MacDonald-Korth, D. and Zhao, X.B. (2017) “The Geography of Foreign Exchange Trading: Currencies and International Financial Centres”, Journal of Economic Geography, 17:2, 267-286 (Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK). (40%, The 4* ISI Citation Journal 2016 Impact Factor 3.65, ranked 5/79 in Geography, and used to be the top 1).
  • Zhao, X.B., Ching, L., He, Y. and Chan, N.Y.M. (2017) “Playing Games and Concepts: Beijing Olympics and China Urban Development Model”, Journal of Contemporary China, 26:105 (Routledge: London; New York). (50%, The 4* ISI Journal Citation 2016 Impact Factor 1.35, ranked 5/69 in Area Studies; ranked 2nd in the 2017 Top Publications metrics, the Asian Studies & History category).
  • Pan, F., Bi, W., Lenzer, J. and Zhao, X.B. (2017) “Mapping urban networks through inter-firm service relationships: the case of China”, Urban Studies, (ttps://doi.org/10.1177/ 0042098016685511) (Carfax: London). (30%, The 4* ISI Citation 2016 Journal Impact Factor 2.36, ranked 3/38 in Urban Studies).
  • Zhao, X.B., Zhan, H., Jiang, Y. and Pan, W. (2017) “How Big Is China’s Real Estate Bubble and Why Hasn’t It Burst Yet?”, Land Use Policy, 66, 153-162 (ScienceDirect: New York). (60%, The 3* ISI Citation Journal 2016 Impact Factor 3.08, ranked 15/105 in Environmental Studies).
  • Zhao, X.B. and John D. (2016) “Growth Theory”, The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. AAG (American Association of Geography), USA: Wiley.
  • Zhao, X.B. and Kim N. (2016) “Shadow Banking and Informal Finance System”, The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. AAG (American Association of Geography), USA: Wiley.
  • Pan, F., Zhao, X.B. and Wojcik, D. (2016) “The rise of venture capital centers in China: a spatial and network analysis”, Geoforum, 75, 148-158 (Pergamon Press: Oxford; New York) (The 3* ISI Citation 2016 Journal).
  • Thomas, S. and Zhao, X.B. (2015) “Hong Kong as an offshore trading hub”, in Bart Lambregts et al (edited) The Local Impact of Globalization in South and Southeast Asia - Offshore business processes in services industries, UK & USA: Routledge.
  • Zhao, X.B. (2013) “Information Exchange, Headquarters Economy and Financial Centers Development: Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong”, Journal of Contemporary China, 22:84, 1006-1027 (Routledge: London; New York), (The 4* ISI Journal Citation 2016 Impact Factor 1.35, ranked 5/69 in Area Studies; ranked 2nd in the 2017 Top Publications metrics, the Asian Studies & History category) .
  • Zhao X.B., Lao, Q.H. and Chan, Y.M. (2013) “The Rise of China and Development of Financial Centres in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen”, Journal of Globalization Studies, 4:1, 32-62 (Uchitel Publishing House: Volgograd, Russia).   
Courses Taught
  • China Development Studies Annual Fieldtrip (Geog7116)
  • Geography of Foreign Investment and Trade in China (Geog7128)
  • China’s WTO Accession and Spatial Economic Transformation (Geog7114)
  • Rural and Agricultural Development in China (included annual fieldtrip to China) (Geog2082)
  • Regional Geography of China (Geog2110)
  • Urban Development in China (included annual fieldtrip to China) (Geog3890)