Shuyun Zhang

Shuyun Zhang


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Shuyun Zhang is a second year PhD candidate at Queen's University Belfast, UK. Her current PhD research focuses on the debate between vertical urbanisation and heritage in China's new first-tier cities. This researh will benefit the urban planning field by taking one of the most controversial housing forms (high-rise buildings) into the domain of politics and the international salience around narratives of historic heritage, preservation/conservation, assemblage, and social value in times of globalised neoliberalisation. Shuyun has experience of conducting qualitative research in Ireland on debates about high-rise buildings and urban character in major Irish cities. To be precise, her research skills include semi-structured interviews with stakeholders, discourse analysis, and review of primary and secondary data.


I am conducting fieldwork on the dynamics of high-rise buildings and heritage in Hangzhou, China. If you are interested, free to get in touch with me:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Msc Urban Design & Planning, University College Dublin

Award Date: 01 Dec 2021


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