Dr Yueming Zhang PhD

Dr Yueming Zhang

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lecturer in Human Geography

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Yueming Zhang works in areas of urban, economic, and cultural geography, with interests in political economy of urban land and built environment, geographies of global art worlds, theorizations of place and space, urbanization and urban politics of China, and postcolonial theories and decolonization, particularly in Asia.


  • PhD, Geography, Clark University, 2016
  • MPhil, Geography, The University of Hong Kong, 2011
  • BA, Urban and Regional Management, Peking University, 2009


  • Contemporary Human Geography
  • Year 1 Tutorial

Other activities

Conference organization:

  • 2017, co-organizer and co-chair, two sessions on “China as Methods”, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, with Yimin Zhao (LSE) and Yang Yang (University of Colorado – Boulder)
  • 2016, co-organizer and co-chair, three sessions on “Global Art Worlds and a World of Cities”, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, with Murray McKenzie (University College London) 


  • 2014 - Peer Review: Urban Studies
  • 2014-2015 Graduate student representative, China Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers


Recent publications


Zhang, AY 2019, 'Placing arts districts within markets: a case study of 798 Arts District in Beijing', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12748

Zhang, AY 2018, 'Thinking temporally when thinking relationally: temporality in relational place-making', Geoforum, vol. 90, pp. 91-99. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.02.007

Lin, GCS & Zhang, AY 2017, 'China’s metropolises in transformation: neoliberalizing politics, land commodification, and uneven development in Beijing', Urban Geography, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 643-655. https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2016.1139407

Lin, GCS & Zhang, AY 2015, 'Emerging spaces of neoliberal urbanism in China: Land commodification, municipal finance and local economic growth in prefecture-level cities', Urban Studies, vol. 52, no. 15, pp. 2774-2798. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098014528549


Zhang, AY 2016, Arts districts or art-themed parks: arts districts repurposed by/for Chinese governments. in J Wang, T Oakes & Y Yang (eds), Making Cultural Cities in Asia: Mobility, Assemblage, and the Politics of Aspirational Urbanism. Routledge, pp. 69-79.

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