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Joseph Hongsheng Zhao MPhil (Cantab); BSSc (CUHK)

Joseph Hongsheng Zhao, MPhil (Cantab); BSSc (CUHK)

PhD Representative in Land Economy (Associated with Centre for Development Studies, Cambridge)

Research Assistant for ASEAN Development Outlook Project

Assistant Developer, United Kingdom Young Chinese Professionals

Committee Member, Visiting Student and Scholar Division, Cambridge CSSA

Migration Studies

Chinese Rural-Urban Migration

Urban Planning and Design

Urban Theories

Joseph Zhao is available for consultancy.

Office Phone: +44(0)7873-530 570


Joseph Hongsheng Zhao is a PhD student based in the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. He gained his first degree in Bachelor of Social Science in Urban Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1 Hon) with a Capstone Thesis on Hong Kong Homeless People before obtaining an MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration at Cambridge, He also served as a former undergraduate research assistant at the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore and Research Assitant at Sun Yat-Sen University.

Research Interests

I am interested in the internal migrant workers in China between the rural area and different tiers of cities under the current household registration (hukou) system, especially their adaptations and impacts on the local culture and building environment.

I am actively looking for visiting studentship in Chinese institutions preferably based in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai or Hong Kong in the academic year of 2020-2021.

Key Publications

▪ MPhil Dissertation (Merit): “Planner's Practice of Power Under Institutional Codes: A Case Study of Hong Kong's Lantau Tomorrow Vision” [Download Link]
▪ Undergraduate Capstone Thesis (First Class Honor): “Spatial Justice and the Urban Homeless in Public Spaces of Hong Kong” [Download Link]
▪ Pre-print: “Innovative Renovation: A Case of Industry Estate Site Planning from Hong Kong” [Download Link]
▪ Chinese Publication: Hong Kong Ming Pao Article [View]