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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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Projects 2012 2018

Research Output 2006 2019

Crafting Innovative Places for Australia’s Knowledge Economy

Blakely, E. J. & HU, R., 2019, Singapore, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. 255 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

knowledge economy

Knowledge economy and migrant knowledge workers in the global city: A case study of Melbourne, Australia

TULI, S. & HU, R., 2019, In : Australian Planner. p. 1-20 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

world city
knowledge economy

Planning a Global Knowledge City: Experience from Melbourne, Australia

TULI, S., HU, R. & DARE, L., 2019, In : International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development. 10, 1, p. 26-42 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Strategic plan

Reshaping Sydney by Design: Few Know about the Mandatory Competitions, but We All See the Results

Freestone, R., Davison, G. & HU, R., 16 Apr 2019, The Conversation, p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/BulletinArticle

Open Access

New creatives are remaking Canberra’s city centre, but at a social cost

HU, R. & TULI, S., 27 Dec 2018, The Conversation, p. 1-1 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/BulletinArticle

Open Access