Dr Xinyu Fu

Xinyu Fu


Qualifications: PhD University of Florida

About Xinyu

Dr. Xinyu Fu is a Lecturer of Environmental Planning in the School of Social Sciences. Before joining the University of Waikato, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Urban Studies Institute at the Georgia State University. Xinyu completed his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida in 2018, investigating the progress of sea-level rise adaptation in the United States. He is also an American registered professional planner (AICP).

Dr. Fu’s research interests center on how to make cities more resilient in the face of local and global environmental change, such as climate change and natural hazards. His current research agenda is threefold. (i) He examines adaptation to climate change, such as institutional factors constraining local adaptive capacity, and economic signals to long-term climate risk. (ii) He also studies the quality of planning documents and how plans can be improved to foster transformative actions. (iii) His third research area is leveraging the emerging big data and advanced methods like machine learning to reexamine conventional planning knowledge and to develop new decision-support tools for building urban resilience.

His work has been widely published in international journals such as Annals of American Association of Geographers, Climatic Change, Cities, Journal of American Planning Association, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Natural HazardsOcean & Coastal ManagementSustainable Cities and Society, and Urban Studies. See a full list of his publication on Google Scholar. He welcomes inquiries regarding Ph.D. supervision on topics aligned with his research interests, particularly those with a strong interest in urban analytics and application of AI in urban planning.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Research Interests

Climate change adaptation; urban resilience; urban planning and governance; coastal management; spatial analysis; urban analytics

Recent Publications

  • Wang, R., & Fu, X. (2022). Examining the effects of policy design on affordable unit production under inclusionary zoning policies. Journal of the American Planning Association, 1-15. doi:10.1080/01944363.2022.2027263 Open Access version:

  • Fu, X., & Zhai, W. (2021). Examining the spatial and temporal relationship between social vulnerability and stay-at-home behaviors in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sustainable Cities and Society, 67, 102757. doi:10.1016/j.scs.2021.102757

  • Zhai, W., Fu, X., Liu, M., & Peng, Z. R. (2021). The impact of ethnic segregation on neighbourhood-level social distancing in the United States amid the early outbreak of COVID-19. Urban Studies. doi:10.1177/00420980211050183

  • Zhai, W., Liu, M., Fu, X., & Peng, Z. R. (2021). American inequality meets COVID-19: Uneven spread of the disease across communities. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. doi:10.1080/24694452.2020.1866489

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Coastal Zone Management; Environment; Environment Issues; Environmental Change; Environmental Resources and Planning