Yu ZHU                                                                                                                                            


Asian Demographic Research Institute

Shanghai University

Narrative Biography                                                                

Yu ZHU is Distinguished Professor of Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI) at Shanghai University,and leads the ADRI’s research pillar on Internal Migration and Urbanization. He is also Professor of School of Geography; and Director of Center for Population and Development Research, at FujianNormalUniversity. His research straddles the two disciplines of demography and human geography, focusing on issues relating to internal migration and urbanization. His currentresearch involves the examination ofmulti-directional and multi-stage mobility and multi-locational livelihoods of China’s floating population, the extent and evolution of China’s in situ urbanization and its underlying mechanism, and the related theoretical and policy implications in both China and the international context. His research has been supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Social Science Foundation of China, The Wellcome Trust and The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)in UK, The International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada, and The Australian Research Council (ARC) etc., and he has published widely both in China and internationally, including 5 books and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. He has been on the list of Elsevier’sMost Cited Chinese Researchers for the two consecutive years of 2014 and 2015.

Yu HU is currently Member of the International Advisory Board of UN Habitat’s World Cities Report; Member of the International Advisory Board of Population Space and Place; Member of the Editorial Board of International Migration Review and Asian and Pacific Migration Journal; Standing Council Member of China Population Association;and Deputy Director of the Committee on Population Geography, the Geographical Society of China. In recent years he has also servedas Chair of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)’s Scientific Panel on the Impact of Internal Migration and Urbanization in Developing Countries; Chair of Asia and Pacific Migration Research Network;Member of the first International Advisory Group of the IOM Migration Research and Training Centre. He received his Bachelor and Masters Degrees from EastChinaNormalUniversity, and his Ph.D. Degree from Demography Program of the AustralianNationalUniversity.




1982    Bachelor of Science (Geography), East China Normal University

1985    Master of Science (Human Geography), East China NormalUniversity

1999    Ph.D.in Demography, The Australian National University

2003    Post-doctoral Fellow, The Australian National University


Main Professional Employment and Experience


Distinguished Professor, Asian Demographic Research Institute, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China


Director, Center for Population and Development Research, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China


Professor, School of Geography, Fujian Normal University, China


Assistant Professor(Research) and Associate Professor (Research), Institute of Geography, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China


Research Assistant, Institute of Population Research, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China


Post-doctoral Fellow, Demography Program,The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (on leave from Fujian Normal University)




Selected Publications


Zhu, Y., 2015. In situ urbanization in China: Processes, contributing factors, and policy implications. Background paper for the World Migration Report 2015: Migrants and Cities: New Partnerships to Manage Mobility. IOM, Geneva.

Zhu, Y., Xiao, B. Y. and Lin, L. Y., 2015. Changing spatial and temporal patterns of China’s floating population: Findings from the 2000 and 2010 censuses. In Iredale R. and Guo. F. (eds.), Handbook of Chinese Migration, pp. 48-70. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar.

Lin, L. Y. and Zhu, Y., 2015.The spatial and temporal patterns of migrants’ mobility across cities and their gender differences: An empirical analysis based on a survey in Fujian Province.Dili Kexue (Scientia GeographicaSinica) (6): 725-734.

Zhu, Y. and Lin, L. Y., 2014. Continuity and change in the transition from the first to the second generation of migrants in China: Insights from a survey in Fujian. Habitat International42(2): 147–154.

Zhu, Y. and Lin, L. Y., 2014. From ‘integration into cities’ to ‘an integrated society’: Addressing women migrants’ needs and rights in Fujian Province of China, in  Truong et al. (eds), Migration, Gender and Social Justice: Perspectives on Human Security, Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace 9, pp. 153-171.

Zhu, Y., Lin, M., Lin, L. Y. and Chen, J. M., 2013. The Extent of in situurbanisation in China’s county areas: The case of Fujian Province, China Perspectives No. 2013/3: 43-52.

Zhu, Y., Bell, M, Henry, S. and White, M., 2013. Rural-urban linkages and the impact of internal migration in Asian developing countries: An introduction.Asian Population Studies 9(2): 119-123.

Zhu, Y., 2012. Is 51.27 an overestimate of China’s urbanization level?. RenkouYanjiu (Population Research)36(2): 31-36.

Zhu, Y., Lin, L. Y. and Ruan, C. Y., 2012. The impact of the late 2000s financial crisis on international migration: The case of China. Journal of Population and Social Studies 21 (1): 82-92.

Zhu, Y., 2012. The developmental effects of migration and remittances: Experiences of China’s coastal area.In UNCTAD (ed.), Maximizing the Development Impact of Remittances, pp. 97-104. New York and Geneva: United Nations.

Zhu, Y, and Lin, L. Y., 2011. The mobility patterns of the floating population and their social protection: From “urban inclusion” to “social inclusion”. Dili Kexue (Scientia GeographicaSinica)31(3):264-271.

Zhu, Y. and Chen W. Z., 2010.The settlement intention of china’sfloating population in the cities: Recent changes and multifacetedindividual-level determinants.Population Space and Place, 16 (4): 253-267.

Lin, L. Y. and Zhu, Y., 2010. The Diverse Housing Needs of Rural-urban Migrantsand Policy Responses in China:Insights from a Survey in Fuzhou. IDS Bulletin, 41 (4):12-21.

Sherbinin, A. D., Rahman, A., Barbieri, A., Fotso, J.-C. andZhu, Y. (eds), 2009.Urban Population-Development-Environment Dynamics in the Developing World:Case Studies and Lessons Learned, Paris: Committee For International Cooperation in National Research in Demography.

Lin L. Y. and Zhu, Y., 2008. Housing conditions of the floating population under the double residential status and the factors affecting them: A case study in Fujian Province.RenkouYanjiu (Population Research) 32 (3): 48-56.

Zhu, Y., 2007. China’sfloating population and their settlement intention in the cities: Beyond the Hukou reform.Habitat International 31(1): 65-76.

Zhu, Y., 2006.Patterns of population and employment changes in Shanghai in the 1990s: A zonal analysis with international comparison.International Development Planning Review 28(3): 287-309.

Zhu, Y., 2006.Migration and the development of sending areas: Evidence from China.In Tamas,K. and Palme, J. (eds.), How Migration Can Benefit Development: Bridging the Research and Policy Gap, pp. 167-180. Stockholm: Institute for Futures Studies. Reprinted in Kumar, N. and Ramani, V. V. (eds.), Migration and Remittances in Developing Countries, pp.41-56, Hyderabad, India: The Icfai University Press.

Zhu, Y., 2004.Changing urbanization processesandin situ rural-urban transformation: Reflections on China’s settlement definitions.In Champion A. G.andHugoG. J. (eds.), New Forms of Urbanization: Beyond the Urban-Rural Dichotomy, pp. 207-228. Aldershot: Ashgate,.

Zhu, Y., 2003. The floating population’s household strategy and the migration’s role in China’s regional development and integration. International Journal of Population Geography 9 (6): 485-502.

Zhu, Y., 2002.Beyond the rural-urban dichotomy: Some thoughts on the classification of China’s rural and urban populations.ZhongguoRenkouKexue (Chinese Journal of Population Science)No.4:.34-39.

Zhu, Y., 2002.Beyondlarge-city-centered urbanization: In situ transformation of rural areas in Fujian Province.Asia-Pacific View Point 43(1):9-22.

Zhu, Y., 2000.In situ urbanization in rural China: Case studies from Fujian Province.Development and Change 31(2):413-434.

Zhu, Y., 1999.New Paths to Urbanization in China: Seeking More Balanced Patterns, New York, Nova Science Publishers.

Zhu, Y., 1998. ‘Formal’ and ‘informal urbanization’ in China: Trends in Fujian Province.Third World Planning Review, 20(3):267-284, 1998. Reprinted in Pacione, M.  (ed.), The City: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences, pp. 570-590, London and New York: Routledge.

Zhu, Y., 1998. Spatial effects of ‘informal urbanization’ in China: The case of Fujian Province.Asia-Pacific Population Journal 13(1):25-44.

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