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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 economy, technology, and space to investigate contemporary urban issues of design excellence, global cities, urban competitiveness and sustainability, and place-based innovation, with a focus on the Asia Pacific area.

Recent books:

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

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.

Book series editor:

Routledge Focus on Sustainable Planning and Development in Asia

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sydney

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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

  • COVID-19, smart work, and collaborative space: A crisis-opportunity perspective

    Hu, R., 2020, In : Journal of Urban Management. p. 1-5 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

    Open Access
  • 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

  • Reinventing community in COVID-19: a case in Canberra, Australia

    Hu, R., 25 Jun 2020, In : Socio-Ecological Practice Research. p. 1-5 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    Open Access