The UCL Bartlett School of Planning in London has appointed Fulong Wu as its new professor of planning
Starting the job this September, Fu follows in the footsteps of previous incumbents including: Greater London Plan author Patrick Abercrombie, William Holford, Richard Llewelyn-Davies, Peter Hall and, most recently, Mike Batty.
The appointment is part of a bid to strengthen the Bartlett’s position as one of the leading urban planning schools in Europe, according to UCL provost professor Malcolm Grant.
Wu, who was born in Shanghai, China, has taught at Southampton and Cardiff universities since the mid-1990s. He is viewed as a leading world authority on urban China research and has published extensively on China’s urban transformation and governance process.
He is currently working on urban and sustainable challenges for China’s cities. Wu’s appointment as professor at the Bartlett starts in September 2011.
Grant has also announced the appointment of Mike Raco as professor at the Bartlett.
Professor Alan Penn, dean of the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL, said: ‘The Bartlett has played a key role in the development of the planning discipline from its inception. These appointments demonstrate the importance we place on the contribution of planning to a series of issues facing the world.’