Curriculum Vitae

YEHUA Dennis WEI portrait
  • Affiliated Faculty, Global Change and Ecosystem Center
  • Affilated Faculty, Asian Studies Program
  • Professor, Geography Department
  • Senior Scholar, Institute of Public and International Affairs (IPIA)


Research Statement

Dennis Wei is an economic/urban geographer and development specialist, with research interests in globalization, urbanization, and regional development in China. Using recent developments in geographical information system (GIS), Wei has investigated the effects of globalization and economic transition on cities, regions, and places with respect to regional inequality, urban transition, foreign investment, innovation, and human development. Wei is the author of Regional Development in China: States, Globalization, and Inequality and more than 100 referenced journal articles. His research has been funded by the NSF, Ford Foundation, World Bank, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, National Geographic Society, and Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). He has received awards for research excellence from the NSFC (Outstanding Young Scientist Award, 2004), Association of American Geographers’ (AAG) Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His professional services include: advisor/panelist for the NSF, consultant to the World Bank, Chair for AAG’s China, Asian, and Regional Development & Planning specialty groups, Vice President of Chinese Professionals in GIS, board member of Asian Urban Research Association et al.

Research Keywords

  • Regional Development, Interest Level: 5
  • Land Use, Interest Level: 4
  • Globalization, Interest Level: 5
  • GIS Spatial Analysis, Interest Level: 4
  • Economic/Urban Geography, Interest Level: 5

Research Groups

  • Urban and Sustainability Research Lab, Other. 07/2014 - present.
  • Consortium for Comparative Research on China and Asia, Other. 01/15/2008 - present.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Amenity, Neighborhood and Spatial Inequality. PI: Dennis Wei. Interdisciplinary Research Pilot Program, College of Social and Behavior Sciences, University of Utah, 08/01/2015 - 07/31/2016. Total project budget to date: $9,200.00
  • International Conference on Inequality in Sustainability in Asia. PI: Dennis Wei. the Asia Center and the Confucius Institute, University of Utah, 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00
  • Urban Land Use - China. PI: WEI,YEHUA DENNIS. LINCOLN INSTITUTE OF LAND POLI, 01/28/2013 - 04/30/2015. Total project budget to date: $25,830.60

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Industrial Agglomeration and Spatial Restructuring in Global City Regions. Ministry of Education of the People‚Äôs Republic of China. PI: Wei, Y.H.D. 01/2011 - 12/2013.