Dr Jianquan (James) Cheng

Dr Jianquan (James) Cheng

MSc Coordinator & Unit Tutor
Manchester Metropolitan University

Contact Details:

Tel: +44 (0) 161 247 1576
Fax: +44 (0) 161 247 6344
Email: j.cheng@mmu.ac.uk

Jianquan (James) is a Reader of Urban Studies in the Division of Geography & Environmental Management at Manchester Metropolitan University and the MSc Coordinator/ Unit Tutor for the UNIGIS Network.


Jianquan previously held position at Wuhan University, China. He obtained his Ph.D at the University of Utrecht and M.Sc at ITC in Netherlands, and his B.Sc. at Shandong University in China. Before joining MMU, he was a researcher at AMIDST (Amsterdam institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies), Netherlands and NCG (National Center for Geocomputation), Ireland respectively for a couple of years.


He has investigated many projects on geospatial information and applications for regional and urban planning. His research interests are focused on GIS spatial statistics and geo-simulation; transport and land use interaction; spatial planning support system and urbanisation in China.

Currently he is primarily involved in GIS for socio-economic applications and supervising two PhD projects: Enabling resilient transport networks in response to road traffic events and Impact of local development on moorland bird conservation: evidence from the South Pennines Moors Special Protection Area

Selected Publications

Li, Z. Cheng, J. Wu, Q. (2015) Analyzing regional economic development patterns in a fast developing province of China through geographically weighted principal components analysis, Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences (in press) (DOI 10.1007/s12076-015-0154-2).

Jin, C. Cheng, J. Lu, Y. Huang, Z. Cao, F. (2015) Spatial inequity in access to healthcare facilities at a county level in a developing country: a case study of Deqing County, Zhejiang, China, International Journal for Equity in Health, 14(67) (DOI 10.1186/s12939-015-0195-6). (Open access journal).


Wu, Q., Cheng, J, Guo, C., Hammel, D.J. and Wu, X.(2014) "Socio-spatial differentiation and residential segregation in the Chinese city based on the 2000 community-level census data: a case study of inner city of Nanjing", Cities: International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, 39:109-119 (Open access)

Cheng, J., C. Young, X. Zhang and K. Owusu (2014). "Comparing inter-migration within the European Union and China: an initial exploration", Migration Studies, 2(1):1-29 (http://migration.oxfordjournals.org/)

Cheng, J. and Forthringham, S. (2013). "Multi-scale issues in cross-border comparative analysis", Geoforum, 46: 138-148,

Cheng, J. and Berterloni, L. (2013). "Measuring urban job accessibility with competitions, distance decay and diversity", Journal of Transport Geography, 30:100-109,

Cheng, J. and Berterloni, L. (2013). "Understanding urban networks: comparing a node-, a density- and an accessibility-based view", Cities,31:165-176,


Cheng, J. (2011) Exploring urban morphology using multi-temporal urban growth data: a case study of Wuhan, China. Asian Geographer, 28(2): 85-103


Cheng J, Bertolini L and le Clercq F (2007) Measuring sustainable accessibility, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2017, 16–25.


Peng C and Cheng J (2007) Using multi-agent system for residential expansion models —a case study of Hongshan District, Wuhan City. Chinese Geographical Science (English Journal), 17(3), 210–215


Cheng, J., Turkstra J. Peng M. Du N. & Ho P. (2006). Urban land administration and planning in China: opportunities and constraints of spatial data models. Land Use Policy , 23 (4), 604-616


Huang Z, Shen J, Cheng J, (2006). Evaluating the Spatial Distribution of Wuhan Intercity Road Passenger Stations.Journal of Transportation Systems Engineering and Information Technology.


Cheng J. and Masser I. (2004). Understanding spatial and temporal processes of urban growth: cellular automata modelling. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 31(2), 167-194.


Cheng J. Ottens H, Masser, I. and Turkstra J. (2003). Understanding Urban Growth: a conceptual model. International Journal of Urban Sciences.