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Professor Yan Song, the Chair of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) and a tenured professor, who is also the Director of the Program on Chiese Cities, has recently been appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA). This historic appointment marks her as the first Asian female Editor-in-Chief since the journal’s inception, signifying her outstanding contributions and leadership in the field of urban planning.

JAPA, as one of the authoritative journals in the field of planning academia, has long been an important platform for research, innovative ideas, and the sharing of practical experiences in urban planning and related areas. The journal enjoys a high reputation not only in the United States but also globally, significantly impacting the theory and practice of urban planning.

Professor Song’s appointment is not only a recognition of her academic achievements but also represents the increasing importance and influence of Asian scholars in the international academic community. As a scholar with extensive experience and outstanding contributions in the field of urban planning, Professor Song has excelled in teaching and research, especially recognized for her contributions to urban development, sustainable planning, and international cooperation.

In her role as the Editor-in-Chief of JAPA, Professor Yan Song will commit to further enhancing the academic quality and international impact of the journal, promoting cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research exchanges, and intensifying the exploration of discussions and solutions to global urban planning challenges.

About Professor Yan Song: Professor Yan Song is a tenured professor and Chair of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as the Director of the Program on Chiese Cities. She is internationally renowned for her research in urban planning and is one of the leading scholars in the field.


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