Yanning Wei

Yanning WeiPh.D., University of Washington (2016)

Office: AUST 421

Office phone: 860-486-0374


Curriculum vitae

Research Interests:

I have two major areas of research interest.

  1. Geospatial big data, Applications of drone technology in GIS, Database technologies, Geovisualization, and Data modeling. In particular, I am interested in the drone as a source of geospatial big data and the applications of NoSQL databases in GIS.
  2. Critical social theories and migration in contemporary China. Utilizing GIS and other quantitative/qualitative approaches, I critically investigate the spatial injustice in China's ever-expanding mega cities and study the escalating tension between migrants and China's dual system.

UConn Geography Research Clusters:

Geographic Information Science and Systems



GEOG 2505: Applications of Geographic Information Systems

GEOG 3110: Location Analysis

GEOG 3510: Cartographic Techniques

Selected Publications

Chan, K. W., and Y. Wei. 2019 (in production). “China’s ‘One Country, Two Systems’:  The Origin, Functions, and Changes of the Rural-Urban Dual System.” Eurasian Geography and Economics. https://doi.org/10.1080/15387216.2019.1669203

Wei, Y. and Yue Gong. 2019. “Understanding Migrant Children’s Education Predicament through China’s Rural-Urban Dual System.” International Journal of Educational Development. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2019.05.001

Wei, Y. 2018. “Left-Behind Children in China: A Win-win Household Strategy or A Path to Pauperization?” Eurasian Geography and Economics. https://doi:10.1080/15387216.2018.1537128

Gong, Y., and Y. Wei (in revision). “Emerging Residential Segregation in China’s New Development Zones.” International Development Planning Review