Professor Richard Hu RPIA AICPAssociate Fellow


Address: Building 11, Level A University of Canberra Phone: + 61 (0) 2 6201 2051

Research Interests

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

Connect with Richard



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 Faculty Business, Government and Law 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 Hu’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.

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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