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Richard Hu is an award-winning urban planner, and an educator and scholar. His work and interests—both intellectual and professional—integrate built environment, economy, and technology to address contemporary urban transformations and challenges, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Hu is author of five books, and many journal articles and chapters and other forms of publications and communications. His latest book is Smart Design (2021), in which he advances new design thinking and approaches to tackle the emerging smart urbanism. His forthcoming book is Reinventing the Chinese City (2022), which provides the latest observation of China’s urban transformations in and from the 2010s.   

Hu convenes the Asian Cities Network, a global enabling platform for knowledge sharing and policy debates on urban development in Asia. He is the editor of book series Routledge Research in Sustainable Planning and Development in Asia. He is currently editing Routledge Handbook of Asian Cities—a bold, ambitious initiative to seek the ‘Asianness’ of urban development. It is the first effort of its type that covers every region and every nation across Asia and is the most inclusive of Asian cities—developed and developing, large and small. 

Hu’s research and consultancy are diverse, multidisciplinary, and international. The funders include Australian Research Council (ARC), three tiers of Australian government, industry, and international agencies, investigating issues of urban governance, design excellence, global cities, urban competitiveness and sustainability, place-based innovation, and migration. Representative research outputs include Designing the Global City (2018); Global Shanghai Remade (2019).

Prior to academia, Hu was an urban practitioner and business manager, working on the planning, design, and management of mega urban development projects.  

Hu is a registered planner with the Planning Institute of Australia (RPIA), and a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He received five PIA awards of planning excellence (NSW and ACT divisions) and one national commendation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sydney


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