Yunjing LI (Jennifer) 

Title: Research Fellow

Alumni: PhD, Columbia University, USA

Discipline/s: Urban Planning


Contact: 64994863


Yunjing Li (Jennifer) is a Research Fellow under the Chan Heng Chee Research Fellowship at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC). Her research interest is located at the intersection of urban sustainability policy, climate planning, and urban development politics. She received her doctoral and master degrees in urban planning from Columbia University in the City of New York. She also holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Prior to joining  LKYCIC, Yunjing was a post-doctoral fellow in the Geography Department of the University of Hong Kong, where she researched local strategies and action towards low-carbon transitions in Chinese cities and their relations to China’s urbanization process. She also worked as an environmental sustainability consultant at the headquarter of the United Nations Population Fund and an intern planner at the UN-Habitat's New York office. Yunjing’s work has been published in Journal of Planning Education and Research, Environment and Planning C, and Journal of Urban Affairs, etc.

She is supporting Harvey and team on the Urban Environmental Sustainability programme and  "Leveraging Shared Experience of Urban Heat and Bridging Spatial-Temporal Dissonance: Towards a Climate Resilient Citizenry in Singapore" project.


  • Ph.D. in Urban Planning, Columbia University, USA (2019)
  • Master of Science in Urban Planning, Columbia University, USA (2010)
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Tsinghua University, China (2008)


  • Fu, Yumeng., Li, Yunjing., & Li, Xin. (In press). Coexisting or coworking? The reconfigured office spaces in two emerging global cities. Journal of Urban Affairs.
  • Li, Yunjing., & Lin, George C.S.. (2022). The Making of Low-Carbon Urbanism: Climate Change, Discursive Strategy and Rhetorical Decarbonization in Chinese Cities. Environment & Planning C: Politics and Space.
  • Lin, George C.S., & Li, Yunjing. (2022). In the Name of ‘Low-Carbon Cities’: National Rhetoric, Local Leverage, and Divergent Exploitation of the Greening of Urban Governance in China. Journal of Urban Affairs.
  • Li, Yunjing. (2021). New Actors in the Old Hierarchies: Alliances for Low-Carbon Urban Development in Shenzhen, China. Journal of Planning Education and Research.
  • Freeman, Lance., & Li, Yunjing. (2014). Do source of income anti-discrimination laws facilitate access to less disadvantaged neighborhoods? Housing Studies, 29(1): 88-107.
  • Hua, Jian., & Li, Yunjing. (2010). Trade strategies in the cultural industry sector under the 12th Five-Year Plan (Mianxiang “Shi Er Wu” de Zhongguo Duiwai Wenhua Maoyi Zhanlve) (in Chinese). Study & Exploration, 2010(05): 164-167.