Weiping Wu

Weiping Wu is a professor and director of Urban Planning Program in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is an internationally acclaimed scholar working on global urbanization with expertise in issues of migration, housing, and infrastructure, particularly of Chinese cities. Before joining Columbia in 2016, she was professor and chair in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. She is the president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning. Her publications include eight books, as well as many articles, which have an increasing public presence, particularly her recent book The Chinese City. It offers a critical understanding of China’s urbanization, exploring how the complexity of Chinese cities both conforms to and defies conventional urban theories and experience of cities elsewhere around the world. She has been a member of the International Advisory Board for the Urban China Research Network, as well as serving on the editorial board of four journals. In addition, she has provided consultation to the Ford Foundation, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and World Bank. 

Research Interests

Built Environment
Internal Migration
Urban Planning
Urban Policy


Decennial Census
NYC Survey Data (e.g. Community Health Survey, Housing and Vacancy Survey)