Personal profile

Research interests

Real estate markets and infrastructure development

The use of social media big data in urban built environment analysis

Social-spatial implications of urban transformations


Dr Wenjie Wu is an Associate Professor at the Heriot-Watt University, and formerly a Lecturer in the Urban Studies, University of Glasgow. He remains as a research affiliate at the Spatial Economics Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, and a co-investigator of the ESRC-funded Urban Big Data Center (Glasgow). He is a board member of the review committee of Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research (2016). His research includes socio-spatial implications of infrastructure investment and urban development, with a focus on East Asia (China). His work has been published in journals such as Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Regional Science, Land Use Policy, Urban Studies, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and among others. Apart from his academic works, he has spent time on providing advice to China, South Africa through the World Bank, China Development Bank and other agencies. He has been awarded as the World Social Science Fellow (Big data in urban contexts) by the International Social Science Council in 2015.

Roles & Responsibilities

Undergraduate Dissertation Coordinator of Real Estate and Urban Planning, Geography-Society-Environment, Construction Project Management, and Quantity Surveying Programmes

PhD Supervision

Dr Wu welcomes applications from prospective PhD students in the fields of big data, urban geography, real estate, local and regional development.

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land market Earth & Environmental Sciences
public investment Social Sciences
temporal analysis Earth & Environmental Sciences
homeowner Earth & Environmental Sciences
civilization Earth & Environmental Sciences
amenity Earth & Environmental Sciences
happiness Social Sciences
spatial analysis Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2007 2018

The Geographical Legacies of Mountains: Impacts on Cultural Difference Landscapes

Wu, W., Wang, J., Dai, T. & Wang, M. X. 2 Jan 2018 In : Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 108, 1, p. 277-290 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Airports, market access, and local economic performance: evidence from China

Gibbons, S. & Wu, W. Feb 2017

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper

Economics of Planning Policies in China: Infrastructure, Location and Cities

Wu, W. 2017 Routledge. 228 p. (Regions and Cities)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Sustainable endogenous growth model of multiple regions: reconciling OR and economic perspectives

Wu, T., Zhang, N., Gui, L. & Wu, W. 9 Nov 2017 In : European Journal of Operational Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Membership of committee
  • 1 Membership of external research organisation

Economic & Social Research Council (External organisation)

Wu, W. (Member)

Activity: Membership of committee

London School of Economics (External organisation)

Wu, W. (Member)

Activity: Membership of external research organisation