Peilei Fan


Dr. Peilei Fan is an associate professor of Urban and Regional Planning.  She joined SPDC at Michigan State University in 2007.  She also holds a joint research appointment at Center for Global Change and Earth Observations and is an adjunct faculty member of the Geography Department.  She has a Ph.D. in Economic Development and a MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also has a Master in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and a BS in Computer Science from Nanjing University, China. Before she joined MSU, Dr. Fan worked as a Japan Society of Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow at the United Nations University in Tokyo.

Dr. Fan’s research focuses on international development and planning, specifically innovation and economic development and Asia’s urbanization and she has published over nineteen peer-reviewed journal articles about innovation, high-tech industrialization, and urban development in China, Japan, and India.  She serves as an associate editor for three international academic journals. She has worked on research projects funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) about “China’s Urbanization and its Sustainability under Future Climate Change” (Lead PI) and “Chinese Way of Innovation” (Co-PI).  Dr. Fan has served as a consultant/economist for United Nations University – World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and Asia Development Bank (ADB) on innovation and economic development of emerging countries (China and India in particular) and urbanization in Asia.

Research Interests:

International development and planning, high-tech industrialization, and Asia’s urbanization