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Richard Hu is an urban planner and a megaproject manager. His work and interests—both intellectual and professional—integrate built environment, economy, and technology to address contemporary urban transformation and sustainable development, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Hu is the author of Megaregional China (2024), Reinventing the Chinese City (2023), and Smart Design (2022), among other books

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 Routledge Handbook of Asian Cities (2023) and book series Routledge Research in Sustainable Planning and Development in Asia

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.

Prior to academia, Hu was an urban practitioner and 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

Award Date: 16 Apr 2010


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