Professor Richard Hu CPP AICPProfessor


Address: Building 23, Level B University of Canberra Phone: + 61 (0) 2 6201 2051


Centre for Change Governance


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

Urban policy and governance, urban analysis and development, urban competitiveness, global cities, urban and regional planning

Connect with Richard


Book ChapterHu, R., (2016), China's Land Use and Urbanization: Challenges for Comprehensive Reform, in Garrick, J., Bennett, Y. C.,(eds.), China's Socialist Rule of Law Reforms Under Xi Jinping, Routledge , pp. 122-133
Book ChapterHu, R, (2012), Clustering: Concentration of the Knowledge-based Economy in Sydney, in T. Yigitcanlar, K. Metaxiotis & J. Carrillo (eds.), Building Prosperous Knowledge Cities: Policies, Plans and Metrics, Edward Elgar, pp. 195-212
Book ChapterHu, R, (2012), Understanding Chinese Real Estate: The Property-boom in Perspective, in J. Garrick (eds.), Law and Policy for China's Market Socialism , London&New York, Routledge, pp. 87-100
Book ChapterHu, R., (2011), Property, Wealth and Law Reforms in China's Urban Revolution, in Garricks, J(eds.), Law, Wealth and Power in China: Commercial Law Reforms in Context, (London and New York: Routledge), pp. 199-217

Richard is an urban planner and designer. His research interests include urban competitiveness, global cities, and comparative urban studies (in FoRs 120502 History and Theory of the Built Environment, 120507 Urban Analysis and Development, and 120508 Urban Design).

Richard is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and its certified planner (CPP), and a member of the American Planning Association and its certified planner (AICP). Richard has cross-national academic and professional experiences in Australia, China and America, and has undertaken many research and consulting urban projects there.

Richard is the Convenor of the Globalisation and Cities Research Program.


  • Hu, R. (2016), "Concentration and Mobility of Knowledge Workers: An Intercity Analysis of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane", Journal of Urban Technology, 23, 1, pp. 11-28

  • Hu, R. (2016), "China's Land Use and Urbanization: Challenges for Comprehensive Reform". In Garrick, J., Bennett, Y. C.,(eds.), China's Socialist Rule of Law Reforms Under Xi Jinping, Routledge , pp. 122-133

  • Hu, R. (2016), ‘National Cities Agenda in Perspective: Rhetoric or Substance?’. In Chris Aulich, ed. From Abbott to Turnbull: A New Direction?, VIC, Australia: Echo Books, 301-319.

  • Hu, R. (2015), "Canberra's Competitiveness in the National Context", Policy Studies, 36, 1, pp. 55-71

  • Halligan, J. and Hu, R. (2015), “Knowing the past for a better future: an introduction to the special issue on Centenary Canberra”, Policy Studies, 36, 1, pp. 1-3

  • Hu, R. (2015), "Competitiveness, Migration, and Mobility in the Global City: Insights from Sydney, Australia", Economies, 3, 1, pp. 37-54

  • Hu, R. (2015), "Sustainability and Competitiveness in Australian Cities", Sustainability, 7, 2, pp. 1840-1860

  • Hu, R. (2015), "Sustainable Development Strategy for the Global City: A Case Study of Sydney", Sustainability, 7, 4, pp. 4549-4563

  • Hu, R. (2014), ‘San Francisco, Sustainable City’. In Alex C. Michalos, ed.  Encyclopaedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp.5645-47

  • Hu, R., & McClure, W. (2014), "Global City and Migration: A Critical Review for Sydney, Australia", Chinese Journal of Urban and Environmental Studies, 2, 1, pp. 1450006 

  • Hu, R. (2014), "Migrant Knowledge Workers: An Empirical Study of Global Sydney as a Knowledge City", Expert Systems with Applications, 41, 12, pp. 5605-5613

  • Hu, R. (2014), "Remaking of Central Sydney: Evidence from Floor Space and Employment Surveys in 1991-2006", International Planning Studies, 19, 1, pp. 1-24

  • Hu, R., Blakely, E., & Zhou, Y. (2013), "Benchmarking the Competitiveness of Australian Global Cities: Sydney and Melbourne in the Global Context", Urban Policy and Research, 31, 4, pp. 435-452

  • Hu, R. (2013), "China's Paradoxical Reforms on Land and Real Estate Property Markets", Global Built Environment Review, 8, 3, pp. 11-21

  • Hu, R. (2013), "Drivers of China's Urbanisation and Property Development", Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 19, 2, pp. 156-180

  • Hu, R., & Blakely, E. (2013), "Measuring Tourism as the Economic Driver of Australian Sea Change Communities", Community Development, 44, 3, pp. 323-335

  • Hu, R. (2013), "Urban Design Plans for Downtown San Francisco: A Paradigm Shift?", Journal of Urban Design , 18, 4, pp. 517-533

Research Projects & Grants

Richard is currently working on two projects to investigate important urban issues in contemporary Australia. Entitled “Measuring the Competitiveness of Australian Cities: Productivity, Sustainability and Liveability”, one project aims to build an urban competitiveness index for 18 Australian major cities, and to measure the determinants of their competitiveness within the dimensions of productivity, sustainability and liveability.

The other project “Social Transformation, Migration and Global Cities” investigates the interplay between globalisation and movement of people, and its impacts on the social transformations of Australian cities. It aims to provide an evidence-based understanding of Australian cities and their association with the movement of people in the context of globalisation, and to inform policy makers and the public to better strategise Australia’s future in the 21st century.


 PhD Supervision

Area of Supervision:

  • Urban policy and governance
  • Urban analysis and development
  • Urban competitiveness
  • Global cities
  • Urban and regional planning

Involvement in PHD supervisory panels:

  • Alex Sherrad, "Overcoming the Barriers to Safety In Design Implementation: Understanding Designers Motivation" (Primary Supervisor)
  • Sajeda Tuli, "Migration and the Knowledge City: A Case Study of Global Melbourne" (Primary Supervisor)
  • Hamish Sinclair, "What is the future of strategic planning for the national capital?" (Advisor)


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