Dr Jingxia Wang

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Lecturer in GIS

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Dr Jingxia Wang
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
S3 7ND

I have been a lecturer at USP since 2022. Prior to this, I worked as a full-time postdoc in the Institute of Geography at the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), Germany. During the period 2020-2022, I taught modules such as Urban Green Infrastructure Planning I: Concepts and Cases and Urban Green Infrastructure Planning II: Advances and Methods for M.Sc. students in physical geography and geomatics. I got my Ph.D. degree (Dr.rer.nat.) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany in October 2020 on the topic of urban green infrastructure planning and development (2016-2020). My doctoral project has been authorized by TUM and certified by the HIGRADE doctoral program with distinction. I had worked for the Integrated Project – Urban Transformations at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig Germany from 2015-2020.

Within a very strong focus on urban studies, my interdisciplinary research unites two strands of significant domains: urban green infrastructure planning and environmental analysis, as well as research for sustainability transformations. Draw from concepts in urban ecology and spatial planning, as well as methods in computational landscape ecology, GIS, and remote sensing, I have undertaken studies on land use planning and management and strategic landscape planning for German (e.g. Ruhr metropolitan regions and Leipzig) and Chinese cities for several years, e.g. Beijing (2012), Inner Mongolia (2013-2015), and Tianjin (2013), Kunming (since 2019), and Lijiang (2015-2021). I have worked on several projects for urban green infrastructure planning collaborating with EU and Chinese universities and institutions since 2013.

Research interests

I have broad research interests in spatial planning, land resources management, and urban nature. My research interests lie primarily in the trans- and interdisciplinary areas, especially in the fields of landscape and urban ecology, land resources management, landscape planning and management, and social-ecological systems research.

I have worked on the topics of nature-based solutions, ecosystem services, green infrastructure planning, climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation, soundscape assessment and planning, and smart cities.

My research methods include but are not limited to GIS-based and Remote Sensing-based methods and effective planning- and decision-support digital tools such as environmental modelling, environmental sensors, Internet of Things, point cloud and digital twins, and other smart technologies for urban nature.

Are you looking for Honours, Scholarships, or a PhD project?

I am keen to hear from individuals with studentship, doctoral or fellowship funding. I encourage applications highly motivated and from diverse backgrounds, particularly for topics:

  • Green infrastructure planning
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Ecosystem Services & Nature’s contributions to People
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Biodiversity conservation and resilient Cities
  • Soundscape planning and assessment
  • Smart cities

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

Theses / Dissertations

  • Wang J (2020) Urban Green Infrastructure Planning: Multifunctional Networks for Sustainable Urban Development. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities

I am currently personal tutor for UG students (level 2). In additional to supervising dissertations, I teach on the following modules:

  • TRP621 – Advanced GIS Methods
  • TRP216 – Spatial Analysis
  • TRP3X3 – Sustainable Cities
  • TRP627 – GIS for Built Environment Professionals
  • TRP622 – The Professional GIS project
  • TRP105 – Climate Action