Shengjun Zhu

Title:Assistant Professor

Research Direction: economic geography

Department: Department of Urban and Economic Geography


Education and experience

PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Geography, 2014

Dissertation: Go Up, Go West, and Go Out: Changing Industrial Policy and Firm Strategies in China’s Apparel Industry

Committee: John Pickles (Advisor/Chair), Gary Gereffi (Sociology), Meenu Tewari (Planning), Scott Kirsch, Elizabeth Havice

MS Peking University (Graduate with distinction)

Human Geography, 2009

Thesis: Regional Disparity of Geographical Agglomeration of China’s Manufacturing Industries

Advisor: Canfei He

BS Peking University (Graduate with distinction)

Human Geography, 2006

BA Peking University

Economics, 2006

Work experience

Peking University, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences

Assistant Professor, 2016 to present

Swansea University, Department of Geography

Head of Year One (undergraduate teaching and studying), 2015-2016

Swansea University, Department of Geography

Lecturer/Assistant Professor, 2014-2016

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Geography

Research Assistant, 2012–2014

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Geography

Teaching Assistant, 2009–2012

Research direction

Economic geography

Works outcomes


He, C. and S. Zhu. 2018. Evolutionary Economic Geography in China. Berlin, Springer.

Zhu, S., J. Pickles and C. He. 2017. Geographical Dynamics and Firm Spatial Strategy in China. Berlin, Springer.

贺灿飞和朱晟君等. 2010. 中国制造业地理区位,科学出版社。



Selected publications:

Zhu, S., C. Wang and C. He. 2019. “High-speed railnetwork and changing industrial dynamics in Chinese regions.” International Regional Science Review (Accepted)

Zhu, S., W. Jin and C. He. 2018. “Onevolutionary economic geography: a literature review using bibliometricanalysis.” European Planning Studies (Online).

Zhou, Y., S. Zhu (Corresponding author) and C. He. “Learning from yourself or learning from neighbors: knowledgespillovers, institutional context and firm upgrading.” Regional Studies (Online).

Zhu, S., C. He and X. Xia. “Geographyof productivity: evidence from China’s manufacturing industries.” Annals of Regional Science (Online)

Zhu, S., Z. Li andC. He. 2018. “Who leads regional industrial dynamics? “New industry creators”in Chinese regions.” Growth and Change (Online).

He, C., S.Zhu (Corresponding author), X. Hu, and Y. Li. 2018. “Proximity matters:inter-regional knowledge spillovers and regional industrial diversification inChina.” Tijdschrift voor economische ensociale geografie. (Online).

Zhu, S., and C. He.Moving beyond Anglo-American Economic Geography: the significance ofnon-Anglo-American model. InternationalJournal of Urban Sciences. (Online).

He, C. and S. Zhu(Corresponding author). 2018. “Evolution of export product space in China:technological relatedness, national/local governance and regional industrialdiversification.” Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie.(Online).

Zhu, S., C. He and Q. Luo. 2018. “Good neighbors, bad neighbors: localknowledge spillovers, regional institutions and firm performance in China.” SmallBusiness Economics. (Online).

Zhu, S. and C. He. 2018. “Upgrading in China’s apparel industry: internationaltrade, local clusters and institutional contexts” Post-Communist Economies,30(2): 193-215.

Pan, F., F. Zhang, S.Zhu (Corresponding author) and D. Wójcik. 2017. “Developing by borrowing?Inter-jurisdictional competition, land finance and local debt accumulation inChina.” Urban Studies, 54(4): 897-916.

Zhu, S., C. He and Y. Zhou. 2017. “How to jump further and catch up?Path-breaking in an uneven industry space” Journal of Economic Geography,17(3): 521-545.

Zhu, S., T. Lan and C. He. 2017. “New generation, new path: Industrialrestructuring led by China’s “notorious” Fuerdai Generation.” The ChinaReview. 17(3): 1-30.

Zhu, S. (corresponding author) and T. Lan. 2016. “New economic geographies of manufacturing in China.” Geography Compass, 10(11): 470-481. (Invited by the Editor)

Zhu, S. (Corresponding author) and J. Pickles. 2016. “Institutional embeddedness and regional adaptability andrigidity in a Chinese apparel cluster.” Geografiska Annaler: Series B, HumanGeography, 98 (2): 127-143.

Zhu, S. and J. Pickles. 2015. “Turkishization of a Chinese Apparel Firm: FastFashion, Regionalization, and the Shift from Global Supplier to New EndMarkets.” Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 8 (3):537-553.

Zhu, S., C. He and Y. Liu. 2014. “Going Green or Going Away: EnvironmentalRegulation, Economic Geography and Firms’ Strategies in China’sPollution-intensive Industries.” Geoforum, 55: 53-65.

Lan, T. and S. Zhu(corresponding author). 2014. “Chinese Apparel Value Chains in Europe:Low-end Fast Fashion, Regionalization, and Transnational Entrepreneurship inPrato, Italy.” Eurasian Geography and Economics, 55 (2): 156-174.

Zhu, S. and J. Pickles. 2014. “Bringin, Go up, Go West, Go Out: Upgrading, Regionalisation and Delocalisation inChina`s Apparel Production Networks.” Journalof Contemporary Asia, 44 (1): 36-63. (Therunner-up to the winning article for the Journal of Contemporary Asia Prize, for the best paper published in 2014)

Zhu, S. and C. He. 2013. “Geographical Dynamics and Industrial Relocation:Spatial Strategies of Apparel Firms in Ningbo, China.” Eurasian Geographyand Economics, 54 (3): 342-362.

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