Working Group Economic Geography

Qualification & Employment


  • 2017-2021 (Expected), Ph.D., Economic Geography, Kiel University, Germany
  • 2010-2012, M.A., Regional Economics, Sun Yat-sen University, China. Master Dissertation (In Chinese): The Study on the Influencing Factors of Real Estate Price – Based on State Space Model, supervised by: Prof. Junping LIAO.
  • 2005-2009, B.Sc., Ecology, South China Agriculture University, China



  • 2014-2016, Manager, Consulting Department, Guangzhou (China) Office, DTZ, Cushman & Wakefield Co., Ltd.
  • 2013-2014, Assistant Manager, Consulting Department, Guangzhou (China) Office, DTZ., Ltd.
  • 2012-2013, Senior Analyst, Consulting Department, Guangzhou (China) Office, DTZ Co., Ltd.


Prior to his doctoral studies, Y. Chen worked as a consultant at DTZ in Guangzhou where he was involved in the planning of real estate development, including town center regeneration, CBD development, brown field development, retail, residential, and mixed-use development. The focus of his work involved market analysis, designation of optimal industries, operational management, and financial advisory. His clients came from governments and real estate developers.