Xiaoling Zhang

Xiaoling Zhang
City University of Hong Kong | CityU · Department of Public Policy

PhD

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Introduction
Dr. Xiaoling Zhang has written widely on sustainable urbanization, sustainable built environment, land use policy and gentrification in China. She has also engaged in environmental studies, particularly in micro-level management in real estate enterprises, competitiveness for developers/home builders, their behavior/ actions in contributing to social responsibility/sustainable development, energy policy and renewable & sustainable energy use in built environment.
Additional affiliations
December 2012 - present
City University of Hong Kong
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
December 2012 - June 2016
City University of Hong Kong
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
September 2011 - October 2012
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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  • PostDoc Position

Publications

Publications (195)
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Energy security, food security, and water security have become the three most prominent problems in human survival and sustainable development. The three are interrelated and directly affect each other; that is, there exists a nexus between, energy, food, and water (EFW). A scientific understanding and correct response to this is important for achi...
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This Special Issue begins with a middle-range theory of sustainable smart city transitions, which forms bridges between theorizing in smart city development studies and some of the foundational assumptions underpinning transition management and system innovation research, human geography, spatial planning, and critical urban scholarship. This inter...
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China has experienced the most serious habitat degradation, especially in fast-growing metropolis cities. Although increasing attentions have been brought to this issue, we still lack the understanding of the quantitative impacts of urbanization and landscape pattern on habitats. In this study, we used the “Integrated Valuation of Environmental Ser...
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Urban agglomerations are considered as significant space typologies in the post globalization & digitalization era. The spatial linkage intensity of cities in urban agglomeration is an important basis for evaluating the development and compactness of urban agglomerations. The requirements associated with the major national strategy to achieve the c...
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Spatial inequality in basic service provision is a key challenge for smart city development strategies. With a focus on walkable accessibility, this paper proposes a new methodological approach to analyzing such spatial inequalities in metropolitan cities. In addition to proving the effectiveness of the proposed methodology by using New York City a...
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Urban–rural construction land transition (URCLT) and population flow serve as two significant issues in the global process of urban–rural transition development. Better understanding of URCLT and its coupling relationship with population flow has great significance for enriching the theory of land use transitions and coordinating human–land dynamic...
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The utilization of reclaimed water is one of the effective measures to save water resources. The study of reclaimed water irrigation and the analysis of how heavy metals migrate in the soil, especially their movement laws, have important theoretical and practical significance. It helps to predict the risk of heavy metals in foods, which protects ou...
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Reclaimed water is an important water resource for agricultural irrigation. Based on the systematic analysis of experimental data, this paper studies the spatiotemporal transformation and distribution of As in soil–crop system. Through the comparison with groundwater irrigation, reclaimed water irrigation was tested and studied in connection with t...
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Construction waste minimization is a key sustainability goal in green building rating systems. Although these rating systems traverse countries’ boundaries, no research so far has compared construction waste minimization performance in such systems across countries. This research aims to investigate and compare the construction waste minimization p...
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The overdevelopment of water resources has caused the deterioration of the river ecology and environment, resulting in increasing water shortages. This has become one of the key factors that restricts the sustainable development of the social economy and ecological environment of the region. The water network system of the Songhua, Liaohe, Yellow,...
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For most developing countries, local government faces a trade-off between economic growth and environmental protection. The intentions towards having a better environment as the economy grows will trigger a shift in the priorities of local government from economy to environment at a certain level of economic development. To investigate the "pollute...
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Balancing urban and rural development is an important political goal in China. The failure of rural land privatization has led to a low level of rural economic development and a vast property income gap between citizens and farmers. This paper illustrates the reasons for property income inequality from the perspective of the land tenure system and...
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This intervention study examined (1) the influence of household waste separation on other pro-environmental behaviors (behavioral spillover), (2) possible psychological mechanisms involved in such spillover, and (3) if the two waste separation interventions (environmental appeals vs. monetary incentives) differed in shaping spillover. Results showe...
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China's fallow compensation policy is known to be relatively simple and unsophisticated, and in much need of improvement. In seeking such improvement, this paper designed some alternative compensation schemes that include recultivation insurance, priority right of participation in the fallowing work or free agricultural inputs, but lower income sub...
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To scientifically and accurately evaluate the status of the development of green airports in China, evaluation methods of green, ecological airports are established in this paper. To address the shortcomings in subjective and objective weighting methods, we propose a combination weighting method based on Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient and...
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Price elasticity and income elasticity can quantitatively measure the impact of price volatility and income diversity on household electricity demand. To analyze household electricity demand and better identify the main factors affecting residential electricity demand elasticity in previous literature, a meta-analysis based on a comprehensive and s...
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Intense vibrations in hydraulic turbine generator unit draft tubes lead to a run-out of the unit shafting and threaten its safe and stable operation. Correct maintenance is therefore important for the safe operation of such units. This study involves assessing the condition of the turbine generator unit by extracting the feature information of its...
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Optimal load scheduling is an important optimization problem in the power system, which can bring significant economic benefits for all the market participants and environmental benefits for the society. As two main links of power system, supply side and demand side play important roles for the operation management of electricity market. In this re...
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In smart grid environment, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and intelligent sensors have been deployed extensively. As a result, large-scale and fine-grained smart grid data are more convenient to be collected, in which outliers exist pervasively, caused by system failures, environmental effects and human interventions. Outlier deletion is al...
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Accurate load forecasting is critical for power system planning and operational decision making. In this study, we are the first to utilize a deep feedforward network for short-term electricity load forecasting. Our results are compared to those of popular machine learning models such as random forest and gradient boosting machine models. Then, ele...
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With the rapid development of industrialization and urbanization in China, rural China is entering into a social and economic transformation period. As the national policy has shifted towards ensuring economic development while retaining considerable arable land, China has strictly controlled the conversion of agricultural land to construction land...
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This study proposes a data mining based framework for exploring the electricity consumption patterns, which includes three consecutive stages. Firstly, electricity consumption patterns and behaviors are explored in festivals such as the Spring Festival, the Labor Day and the National Day. Secondly, seasonal electricity consumption patterns and beha...
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The surge in energy consumption and CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions is exacerbating global warming. The Chinese government has promised to reduce CO2 emission by 60%–65% per unit of GDP over the 2005 level by around 2030. Analyzing the factors influencing CO2 emissions is one of the key aspects involved in effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissio...
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After over three decades of rapid urbanization and economic boom, China has inevitably entered a phase of economic restructuring of its cities. A process of land re-urbanization has also emerged in the process of inner city regeneration and the consequent reuse of industrialized land in suburb areas. However, as chemical and heavy manufacturing hav...
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Severe outdoor haze pollution has brought about associated public health impacts for China in recent years. Haze pollution therefore has become one of the most serious environmental problems in China. To alleviate this, the government issued its National Air Pollution Control NACAP (NAPCAP) in 2013 containing pollution reduction targets for 2017 an...
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Resilience has emerged as an attractive conceptual approach for theorizing rural development in terms of highly complex, vulnerable and adaptive systems. In China, land use policies have evidently influenced rural resilience. We conduct a co-citation analysis, especially the visualization of co-citation networks and research clusters, using CiteSpa...
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This paper establishes a measurement framework for the resilience of large airports, beginning with transportation resilience characteristics and determining how vulnerability and emergency capability affect resilience to disruption by emergency events. This framework is then applied to quantitatively measure the resilience of both the airside and...
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Developing countries play a dominant role in global carbon emissions. This study, for the first time, uses a panel of 25 major developing countries during the years 1996–2012 to explore the role of renewable energy consumption and commercial services trade in generating carbon emissions. The share and size of renewables consumption are both analyse...
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The past literatures have studied both ‘urban resilience (UR)’ and ‘urban sustainability (US)’ in terms of the dual character - vulnerability and pertinacity - of cities. However, there is a large overlap between the meaning of resilience and sustainability, which threatens to weaken both concepts. In this study, we discuss the difference between u...
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China’s sudden growth in solid waste production and energy consumption is challenging the government more severely than ever. The aims of this study are three-fold, to: (1) test how much intervention policies requiring householders to dispose different types of waste into separate receptacles, currently implemented in pilot cities such as Hangzhou,...
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With the rapid increase in sustainable development, there have been increasing calls for social sustainability to be incorporated into construction. One promising yet under explored direction is to take into account the context of temporal construction project-based organizations (PBOs), interconnected networked stakeholders, and the longitudinal m...
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Food security is a condition related to the supply of food, and individuals' access to it. Africa is a region with the highest hunger prevalence in the world and the number of hungry people is increasing. One of the most important reasons is that the utilization benefit of cultivated land (UBCL) in Africa always lags behind other regions of the wor...
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Rationale Superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) is the obstruction of blood flow through the SVC, causing complete or partial blockade of the collateral circulation of returning venous blood. SVCS is frequently presented with facial, neck, trunk, and upper limbs swelling and so on. However, to the best of our knowledge, the obstruction of the venous r...
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There is a large amount of population moved from countryside to cities in China during its urbanization in the past two decades. The majority of these people have no formal qualifications for city residency, and they are so-called 'floating population'. The increase of this group of people has induced the pressure of land use in cities, and the con...
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As an island with a colonial urbanscape, Gulangyu (located off the coast of Xiamen, a city in Fujian Province in southern China) has been deteriorating into a touristic ‘thematic park’ since the last decade, resulting in a decrease of its original inhabitants and habitability conditions. Inspired by Italian lessons of various and evolved interpreta...
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The ongoing process of global urbanization has shifted the discourse from ‘developmental mechanistic’ towards ‘sustainable and ecological’ view. Global cities must also transition toward more dynamic, sustainable, healthier and smarter futures. However, the supportive transition theories, trajectory agendas, methodologies and pathways are currently...
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Rapid urbanization has generated an increasing number of dispossessed farmers in China, with the issues and problems involved gaining extensive attention by the government and academia. Some of them are turning to entrepreneurial activities as an alternative means to earn a living that can solve their long-term livelihood. This study has identified...
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Many major cities today are beginning to experience increasing water shortages. A major use of water is often in industrial production, and therefore its reduction should go a long way to correcting the situation. The composition of the whole local or regional industrial structure has a significant influence on this, with its combination of sectors...
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Based on several unique datasets in Beijing, this paper investigates the value of going green in the hotel industry by combining the traditional hedonic pricing model with the state-of-the-art content analysis of online reviews. The results indicate that, the rate of complaints about the indoor environmental quality of green hotels is roughly 19% l...
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Since the late 1990s, Chinese cities have been experiencing significant suburbanization with massive numbers of people moving out of city centers. Facing this background, this paper aims to identify the typology of residential resettlements in suburban areas, and analyze the mechanisms of each residential resettlement via archive studies, census tr...
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Corporations in all parts of the world have begun to develop an increasing awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Most CSR research suggested that corporations which effectively address social responsibilities are more competitive. Despite this benefit, many corporations in the construction industry still neglect enga...
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Understanding spatiotemporal urbanization is one of the key questions related to sustainable urbanization in the drylands of northern China (DNC). However, urban expansion in the DNC has not been quantified and assessed effectively due to a lack of reliable data and methods. In this paper, we investigate urban expansion in the DNC at multiple scale...
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The haze pollution accompanies rapid urbanization and industrial development is the central environmental problem for academia, the government, and the public in China today. Recent studies have investigated the different aspects of haze, but no holistic research has yet been conducted that includes both natural and anthropogenic factors and spatia...
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Dystrophia myotonica (DM) type 1 is an autosomal dominant disorder, caused by a trinucleotide CTG repeat expansion in the 3’ untranslated region of the dystrophia myotonica protein kinase (DMPK) gene (chromosome 19q13.3). The disorder affects different organ systems, including the skeletal muscles, ocular lens, lungs, heart and gastrointestinal tra...
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Urban renewal is a pragmatic approach in the sustainable urban development of urban areas, and has now become an essential strategy for most metropolises in China. The question of how urban renewal can best be realized has gained the attention of urban planning researchers looking to formulate practical evidence-based urban renewal policies through...
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Urbanization results in a considerable economic disparity between urban and rural areas in developing countries, which has had a consequent significant impact on CO2 emissions. To accommodate this directly, this paper presents a modified version of the Kaya Identity formula, U-Kaya, that includes a direct urbanization factor to determine the relati...
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China's hunger for energy has over the last two decades afforded opportunities to investors from Hong Kong and foreign countries to provide both the energy technologies China needs, as well as project management capabilities to deliver energy projects. Recently, however, China has shown itself to be less reliant on non-local expertise, with an emer...
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Urbanization and industrialization have achieved great promotion since market economy was adopted last century in China. City, the most important carrier to support urbanization, of course, realizes quality and quantity optimization on production factors such as population, land and capital. Whereas, housing inequality becomes serious due to urban-...
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Illegal land use is a threat to land administration as it reveals the weaknesses of the system. In order to ensure the management of land, it’s necessary for government to take some measures and law enforcement is a feasible alternative. Law enforcement enables government to detect as well as penalize illegal land use and therefore is indispensable...
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Sustainable production and consumption in the rural regions remains a barely tried yet important issue for contributing to rural sustainability these days. In particular, the sustainable livelihood of rural farmers has not been fully investigated for those in rural areas with high agricultural pollution emissions and a poor ecological quality of ag...
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The building sector is a major consumer of energy, accounting for approximately one third of the energy consumption in China. To achieve a sustainable and low-carbon society, it is essential to use energy more efficiently. Building Energy Service is an attractive way towards low carbon buildings through improving energy efficiency of existing high-...
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In this paper, China’s PV market is studied from a new perspective of complex network theory. An influence index threshold network (IITN) model is been built by using partial correlation coefficients. Complex network theory is then used to provide a detailed description of the interactions of enterprises, their inherent influencing ability to condu...
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The fact that global warming will bring impact on immigration, agriculture and also generate human conflicts is becoming a focus in climate change topic and the forecasting of carbon dioxide emission has been attracting much attention. In this paper, we proposed an improved Gaussian processes regression method for carbon dioxide emission forecastin...
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Land expropriation, during the rapid urbanization process in China, results in rural conflicts and presents barriers in sustainable development. Collective strategies of major stakeholders should be clearly understood for finding effective measures to cope with conflicts. However, the existing studies usually assume two types of stakeholders, which...
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The promotion of sustainable urbanization has generated a growing number of best practice cases, which has led to the development of a prototype of an Experience Mining System (ExMS) for better use of the valuable experience embodied in these best practices. This paper presents an innovative method for the effective application of the experience mi...
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China’s central government is promoting a new round of land reform in its rural areas, the core of which is the so-called ‘three rights separation system’. In attempting to achieve the double goals of developing agriculture and maintaining the basic stability of rural society, central policy makers want to separate the original household right of c...
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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is gaining importance for international construction contractors and corporate reports are an effective tool in communicating their CSR efforts. However, CSR communication is a rare topic of discussion within the construction research field. This study establishes a systematic content analysis approach to compa...
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Sustainable construction projects affect various stakeholders with different social, environmental and economic interests. It is essential that the decision makers maintain effective communication with relevant groups to avoid project failures. Although citizen participation offers a means of better addressing and meeting stakeholder concerns and e...
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Global warming and environment problems caused by the excessive emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs), along with rapid economic development has attracted the attention of many countries and regions of the world. Reducing GHG emissions is essential to mitigate the threat of global warming. Household carbon (dioxide) emissions have been recognized as...
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With the accelerating urbanization in China, the right-of-use transfer (RUT) of rural collectively owned construction land provides a promising means of increasing the efficiency of rural land use and promoting urban and rural integration. There are various ways of doing this and no universal mode of RUT that fits all areas because of the divergent...
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There is a lively debate on the application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to construction waste management (CWM). BIM can be utilized as a less expensive, virtual, and computational environment to enable designers to ponder different design options, or contractors to evaluate different construction schemes, both with a view to minimizing...
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The Chinese construction industry is one of the biggest and most important in the world but is infamous for its relatively low efficiency and profitability. Building information modelling (BIM) has been introduced to improve the industry’s efficiency, with strong commitment by the government and mandatory adoption in some localities. However, take...
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The international construction sector is an important contributor to international economic cooperation, and the past 30 years have witnessed the increase of business revenues and involved countries of the Engineering News Record's (ENR) top 250 or 225 international contractors (TICS 250) in the global market. Competitive positioning and market sel...
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Urban growth management is a popular topic for study area all over the world. Despite the increasingly rich literature, however, little has been considered of the complex relationship between the various urban development factors and their feedback structure. This paper contributes in understanding the mechanism of, and establishing a link between,...