Yue Che

Yue Che


I am an urban geography PhD Candidate at the Centre of Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship (SJCC), University of Leeds.

Like many other staff/PGR colleges, I came to geography through a circuitous path, driven by research experience and interests. I have spent most of my previous educational experience studying for degrees related to architecture and urban planning.

After completing 2 years of undergraduate study at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, China in 2018, then I transferred to the University of Liverpool for another 2 years to gain my Bachelor of Architecture degree (with The Royal Institute of British Architects Part 1 qualifications) in 2020.

I also studied MA Architecture and Historical Urban Environments (MAHUE) at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL) in 2021.

Through my previous study, I have gradually become aware of and concerned about urbanization, especially urban regeneration in the post-urbanization era.

When I prepared my master's degree dissertation:‘Olympic Visions: Toward a Successful Urban Legacy,’ I explored the role that Mega-Events can play in promoting urbanization and urban regeneration, and I focused on the role of social media in this progress.

This sparked my desire to explore and pursue it further in my PhD.

Research interests

My research interests are mainly focused on urban regeneration and urban governance. 

I am interested in contemporary urban regeneration and urban governance, especially the process of urban regeneration in China's vast number of "third-tier" (San xian) and small industrial cities and urban entrepreneurialism planning variations in this process.

For this reason, I am particularly focused on the specific practice of urban entrepreneurialism-related theory in this category of Chinese cities in the process of urbanization and urban regeneration and explore its similarities and differences with contemporary urban theory. In addition, I am also concerned with other topics that arise in the process of urban regeneration and urbanization, such as urban informal communities and the transformation of urban villages.



  • MA Architecture and Historic Urban Environment, University College London (UCL), UK
  • BArch Architecture, University of Liverpool, UK
  • BEng Architecture, Xi'an Jiaotong- Liverpool University, China