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Professor, Canberra Business School & Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

Richard Hu is an urban designer and planner. His research cuts across urban design, urban science, and urban policy to investigate important contemporary issues concerning global cities, urban competitiveness, and sustainable development. His research has been funded by the three tiers of Australian governments, the business sector and international agencies to inform planning and policy making for sustainable and competitive cities and regions in an environment of increasing uncertainty and change.

His recent books are:

Richard Hu (2020) The Shenzhen Phenomenon: From Fishing Village to Global Knowledge City, Routledge.

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.


  • –present
    Associate professor, University of Canberra


    The University of Sydney, PhD in Architecture

Professional Memberships

  • Planning Institute of Australia
  • American Planning Association

Research Areas

  • History And Theory Of The Built Environment (Excl. Architecture) (120502)
  • Urban Analysis And Development (120507)
  • Urban Design (120508)
  • Urban Policy (160514)