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Dennis Wei is an economic/urban geographer and development specialist, with research interests in globalization, urbanization, and regional development in China. Using recent developments in GIS such as exploratory spatial data analysis, geographically weighted regression, and network analysis, Wei has investigated the effects of globalization and economic transition on cities, regions, and places with respect to regional inequality, urban transition, foreign investment, and human development. Wei is the author of Regional Development in China: States, Globalization, and Inequality and more than 80 referenced journal articles, in addition to being the contributing editor of Eurasian Geography and Economics. His research has been funded by the NSF, Ford Foundation, World Bank, National Geographic Society, and Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). He has received awards for research excellence from the NSFC (Outstanding Young Scientist Award), Association of American Geographers’ (AAG) Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.  His professional services include: advisor/panelist for the NSF, consultant to the World Bank, Chair for AAG’s China, Asian, and Regional Development & Planning specialty groups, Vice President of Chinese Professionals in GIS, board member of Asian Urban Research Association et al.

Professor Wei organized for the International Conference on Urbanization and Development in China in August 26-28, 2011. See the flyer.

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