WANG Yiming


Assistant Professor

School of Architecture, CAUP, Tongji University


Research Interests:

1) Urban regeneration and land policies

2) Transformation and governance of the urban commons

3) Land property rights and their socio-spatial influences



Yiming Wang is an Assistant Professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP), Tongji University in Shanghai, China. He completed his PhD at University of Technology Sydney, Australia in 2018 and held a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at CAUP during 2018 and 2021. His research interests are centered on Chinese urbanism, urban regeneration, transformation and governance of the urban commons, and land property rights. He is the author of Pseudo-Public Spaces in Chinese Shopping Malls: Rise, Publicness and Consequences (Routledge, 2019). His research outputs have been widely published in leading international and Chinese journals including Cities, Urban Design International, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Urban Planning Forum (the most reputable urban planning journal in China) and Urban Planning International (Chinese national core journal). He reviews manuscripts for international journals including Housing Studies (Routledge), Journal of Urban Affairs (Routledge), City & Community (Wiley).



As Principal Investigator:

1) Social Vitality Assessment and Design Control of Open Public Spaces on Commercial Land: An Empirical Study in Shanghai Under the Background of Urban Regeneration (funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China, Young Scholar Scheme, No.52108027, CN300,000, 2022-2024)

2) A Scoring Method-Based Quantitative Assessment on the Publicness of Privately Owned Public Spaces (funded by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, No.2020M671214, CN80,000, 2020-2021)

3) Detailed Publicness Assessment and Design Control of Privately Owned Public Spaces in Shanghai (funded by Shanghai Pujiang Program, No.19PJC108, CN150,000, 2019-2021)

4) Pseudo-Public Spaces in Chinese Shopping Malls: Rise, Publicness and Consequences (funded by the State Scholarship Fund of China, No.201306050026, AU$81,600, 2013-2018)

As Co-Investigator:

5) Three-Dimensional Digital Modelling Technology and Its Applications in Urban Regeneration Areas (funded by Shanghai Technology Innovation Action Plan, No.19DZ1202300, CN1,500,000, 2019-2022)

6) A Study on the Systematicness of the Urban Regeneration System in Shanghai (funded by Shanghai Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, CN80,000, 2019)

7) Ecological Technology Integration and Its Applications for Zero Carbon Emission Villages in Yangtze River Delta Region (funded by Shanghai Technology Innovation Research and Development Program, No.17DZ1202100, CN5,000,000, 2017-2021)



1) Design Fundamental I

2) Design Fundamental II

3) Design Fundamental III (for international students)

4) Architectural Design I (for international students)

5) City Reading (for international students)




1) Wang, Y. Pseudo-Public Spaces in Chinese Shopping Malls: Rise, Publicness and Consequences. London: Routledge, 2019.

Selected Articles:

1) Chen, J., Wang, Y. (corresponding author) Ambiguous property rights as a double-edged sword: A case study of industrial land redevelopment in Shanghai, China, Cities, 2022, vol.126, July, 103686.

2) Chen, J., Wang, Y. Power relations in industrial land redevelopment and loss of industrial heritage in Chongqing, China. in Donnellan, C. eds. The Complex City: Social and Built Approaches and Methods. Wilmington: Vernon Press, 2022, pp.63-76.

3) Wang, Y., Chen, J. Privatizing the urban commons under ambiguous property rights in China: Is marketization a remedy to the tragedy of the commons?, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 2021, vol.80, no.2, pp.503-547.

4) Wang, Y., Chen, J. Does the rise of pseudo-public space lead to the ‘end of public space’ in large Chinese cities? Evidence from Shanghai and Chongqing, Urban Design International, 2018, vol.23, no.3, pp.215-235.

5) Wang, Y. A critique of the socio-spatial debate and the publicness of urban space, Norwegian Journal of Geography, 2018, vol.72, no.3, pp.161-175.

6) Wang, Y. Understanding the publicness of public space in Western cities through the theoretical lens of ‘spatial fix’, Modern Urban Research, 2022, accepted (in Chinese).

7) Wang, Y., Wu, J., Zhou, M. Urban regeneration and local economy: Debates and reflections in the crisis of globalisation, Urban Planning International, 2020, vol.35, no.3, pp.1-8 (in Chinese).

8) Wang, Y., Chen, J. Dimensions of the publicness of urban space and defining features of “public” and “private” in Western research, Urban Planning International, 2017, vol.32, no.3, pp.59-67 (in Chinese).

9) Wang, Y., Chen, J. Methods of assessing public urban spaces and their implications for research in China, Urban Planning Forum, 2016, no.6, pp.72-82 (in Chinese).

10) Wang, Y., Chen, J. Waterfront urban regeneration in post-industrial Shanghai: publicness and policy suggestions for making more inclusive public spaces, 56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress. Doha, Qatar, 8-12 November 2020.

11) Chen, J., Wang, Y. The cultural approach to industrial heritage reuse: experience from Shanghai, China, 56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress. Doha, Qatar, 8-12 November 2020.

12) Wang, Y., Chen, J. Understanding the complexity of urban public life in privately owned public spaces in China: three case studies in Shanghai, AMPS conference proceeding of The City and Complexity – Life, Design and Commerce in the Built Environment. City, University of London (CITY), United Kingdom, 17-19 June 2020.

13) Wang, Y., Chen, J. How public? New public spaces in neoliberal Chinese cities: case studies in Chongqing, 2017 International Conference on China Urban Development. University College London (UCL), United Kingdom, 5-6 May 2017.

14) Wang, Y. Methods of assessing the publicness of pseudo-public space: a review and directions for future research, 21st Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia, 8-10 July 2015.

15) Wang, Y., Chen, J. Developing a walkable compact city: experience from Chongqing, The 9th International Symposium on Architectural Interchanges in Asia. Gwangju, Korea, 22-25 October 2012.