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Richard Hu is an urban designer and planner (Australia and US registered) with a wide range of professional experiences in design, planning, and property development and management in multi-national contexts. He is currently a professor at Canberra Business School and Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, Australia. Based in the Globalisation and Cities Research Program headed by him, his research cuts across urban design, urban science, and urban policy to investigate important contemporary issues concerning design excellence, global cities, urban competitiveness and sustainability, and place-based innovation in an environment of increasing uncertainty and change.

Richard's recent books are:

Richard Hu and Weijie Chen (with foreword by Saskia Sassen) (2019) Global Shanghai Remade: The Rise of Pudong New Area, Routledge.

Edward J. Blakely and Richard Hu (with foreword by Peter Newman) (2019) Crafting Innovative Places for Australia’s Knowledge Economy, Palgrave Macmillan.

Robert Freestone, Gethin Davison, and Richard Hu (2019) Designing the Global City: Design Excellence, Competitions and the Remaking of Central Sydney, Palgrave Macmillan.

Richard's books in progress include: 

The Shenzhen Phenomenon: From Fishing Village to Global Knowledge City (Routledge, 2020)

Smart Design for Collaborative Spaces (Routledge, 2020)

Global Cities, Migration and Mobility: Insights from Sydney and Melbourne (Routledge, 2021)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sydney

External positions

Editor: Routledge Focus on Sustainable Planning and Development in Asia (Book Series), Routledge Taylor and Francis Group

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Research Output

Australia’s national urban policy: The smart cities agenda in perspective

Hu, R., Mar 2020, In : Australian Journal of Social Issues. p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Locating knowledge in Australian cities: The Knowledge City Index

    Pratchett, L., Walsh, M., Hu, R. & Tuli, S., 15 Jan 2020, Regional Cultures, Economies, and Creativity: Innovating Through Place in Australia and Beyond. Van Luyn, A. & de la Fuente, E. (eds.). 1 ed. Oxon: Routledge, p. 142-158 17 p.

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • City Deals: Old Wine in New Bottles?

    HU, R., 2019, From Turnbull to Morrison: The Trust Divide. Evans, M., Grattan, M. & McCaffrie, B. (eds.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, p. 242-255 14 p.

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

  • Crafting Innovative Places for Australia’s Knowledge Economy

    Blakely, E. J. & HU, R., 7 Jan 2019, Singapore, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. 263 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)