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Dexter Du

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  • Institutional property ownership and its effect on the uptake of building-applied photovoltaics in England

Dexter graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Urban Planning from Peking University, from which he also gained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in the meantime. He then obtained a Research Master of Science in Regional Studies from the University of Groningen. His primary research interest lies in the field of urban governance and its linkage to land, property and real estate.

Dexter builds his PhD research on the academic literature about socio-technical transition theories which are considered potential for fostering innovative approaches to planning and governance. With the background in planning and geography, Dexter is keen on understanding the subtle role of land and property in this transition process, which also benefits from his interdisciplinary reading including studies in politics, business and social psychology. Through investigating empirical cases in the UK, Dexter’s thesis aims at contributing to the academic reflection on the currently so-promised transition towards low-carbon urban future.

Areas of academic interest

Urban planning; land governance; socio-technical transition


  • B.Eng “Urban Planning”, Peking University, China (2013);
  • BSc “Psychology”, Peking University, China (2013);
  • MSc (research) “Regional Studies”, University of Groningen, the Netherlands (2015)

Research grants

PhD Scholarship Real Estate and Planning, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK

Scholarship for Master Study at the University of Groningen, Erasmus Mundus Programme: Lotus III, European Union (2013-2015)

Grant from INOGOV for participating in the workshop “Climate Governance Innovation”, Heidelberg, Germany (2017)

Grant from Newton Fund for participating in the workshop “China-UK Sustainable Urban Infrastructure”, London, UK (2016)

Grant from the Department of REP for participating in AsRES Annual Conference, Incheon, South Korea (2018)

Grant from the Department of REP for participating in AESOP Annual Congress, Lisbon, Portugal (2017)

Grant from the Scheme of Research Projects by Undergraduate Students, Peking University, China (2011)


Award for Excellence in Social Work, Peking University, China (2011)