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UNC - Director of Program on Chinese City

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Dr. Song is the director of the Program on Chinese Cities, a professor at UNC’s Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP), and a co-director of the Ph.D. and Master’s Admissions for DCRP. Her research projects have been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Song has served as a Research Affiliate at the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland and a Faculty Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. She has also served as a consultant on urban planning for the city government of Shenzhen, and a consultant on land use and transportation integration for Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design in China. For more recent and frequent updates on her research projects in Chinese, click here.

Song’s current research projects address domestic and international issues in the areas of impetus of urbanization and urban growth, tools of low carbon and green city developments, efficacy of land and housing markets, effects of urban growth management regulations, and integration of urban land use and transportation plans. Song’s current research projects also document evolution of China’s urban land and housing policies and urban spatial structure in the era of China’s transition toward a market economy.


Research Interests

land use and transportation integration, land use development and regulations, low carbon and green cities, plan evaluation