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Dr. Andrea Palmioli is Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham Ningbo. Prior to that, he was visiting assistant professor in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at City University in Hong Kong, Visiting Teaching and Research Fellow in the Division of Landscape Architecture at The University of Hong Kong, UKNA Fellow at Shanghai Academy of Social Science and at the School of Architecture University of Tianjin, among others.

Dr. Palmioli holds a PhD in Architecture from the EDVTT University of Paris-Est in France and in Urbanism at the IUAV University of Venice, Italy.
His research investigates patterns and processes of spatial restructuring in China’s extended metropolitan regions with a particular focus on the rural industrialization in the Yangtze River delta. His research fields concern the ecology and planning of bioregional territories; transitional landscape patterns of Chinese urbanization; cultural landscape and visual identity of Chinese geographical place names. His work focuses on ecological and built systems as alternative urban models and prototypes.


Professional Membership

  • Associate Researcher, IPRAUS-AUSser (UMR No. 3329), French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  • Licensed Architect (№ 1689). Italian National Order. Council of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservators (CNAPPC).


  • Vertical Design Studio (BSc)
  • Urban Design Theory (BSc)
  • People Design Landscape (BSc)
  • Principles of Urban Development (MSc)


PhD Opportunities

There are opportunities for PhD studentship at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. A Master’s degree in architecture, urban studies, environmental engineering, geography, or a related field; good programming skills; experience in handling datasets and GIS software are preferred. Excellent English skills are required.

All candidates will be evaluated based on their merits and qualifications, without regard to gender, race, age, or religion. Interested applicants in the below research areas are welcome to contact Dr Palmioli for more information.

Research Interests

  • Ecology and planning of bioregional territories
  • Transitional landscape patterns of Chinese urbanization
  • Cultural landscape and visual identity of Chinese geographical place names


Research Projects


Project Title: Identifying Rural Cultural Landscape from Village Place Names: Mapping for “Ecological Civilization” in the Lower Yangzi Delta, founded by General Grant, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Role: Principal Investigator


Project Title: Literally Hong Kong: Mapping the urban narratives of building names, funded by Design Trust Seed Grant, Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design. Role: Principal Investigator


Project Title: China's Cultural Landscape Reconnaissance: Coupling Applied Toponymy and Ethnophysiography, funded by CityU Strategic Research Grant (SRG-Fd) for GRF/ECS. Role: Principal Investigator


Project Title: Inventory of China's Traditional Landscapes in Yangtze and Pearl River Deltas: Connecting Ethnophysiography and Applied Toponymy, funded by City University of Hong Kong. Role: Principal Investigator

Person Types

  • Staff


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