Welsh School of Architecture staff

Yan Wang

Research Associate
Yan Wang
Research Group Architectural Science Group
Address Bute Building,
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3NB
Email WangY3@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone 029 2087 6397
Fax 029 2087 0177


Research interests and responsibilities

My current research focus is on regional governance and innovation system in low carbon technologies. It began with my involvement in EU Convergence program "Low Carbon Built Environment" in 2010, under which I got the opportunity to explore the linkages between innovation, technology deployment and market development within the context of built environment in Wales.

In past, my research has more focused on the policy and education in addressing sustainability in built environment in China. I have managed and worked on a number of research projects, including EU Asia Pro Eco project "Sustainable Urban Housing: strengthening capacity in policy formulation and implementation in the city of Xi'an"; Leverhulme Trust funded "International Network: Sustainable Building Design and Operation", and FCO China SPF Prosperity project "Planning for A Systemic Transition to Low Carbon Built Environment in China". These experiences have led to, in collaboration with Professor Phil Jones, two published reports "A Strategy for Sustainable Housing Development in the city of Xi'an" and "Low Carbon Guideline for Built Environment: master-planning and building design", which have been distributed among building professionals in China.

In addition to these research commitments, I have also been responsible for developing and coordinating the school's research and teaching links with Chinese organisations, including universities, government bodies and industrial partners in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Xi'an etc, which led to the establishment of Archi-China Research Centre in 2010.

Projects and programs involved
  • ERDF Convergence project - Low Carbon Built Environment, WP7 "Innovation, technology deployment and market development", (2010 - 2013)
  • FCO China SPF Project - Planning For A Systemic Transition to Low Carbon Built Environment in China, (2011- 2013)
  • EPSRC project - Network for China-UK Building and Urban Sustainability (nCUBUS), led by Cambridge University, (2007- 2009)
  • Leverhulme Trust Project - International Network: Sustainable Building Design and Operation Cardiff University, UK and Tianjin University, China, (2005 - 2008)
  • EU Asia Pro Eco project - Sustainable Urban Housing: strengthening capacity in policy formulation and implementation in the city of Xi'an, (2005 - 2007)
  • European Regional Development funded (ERDF) project - Green Network for SMEs in Cardiff (completed in 2005)
  • European Social Funded (ESF) projects - Sustainability in construction (completed in 2004)
  • European Social Funded (ESF) projects - Industry Micro-business (completed in 2004)
  • Carbon Trust funded project - Re-lease your energy efficiency (completed in 2003)
  • British Council program: 2013 Sino-UK Higher Education Cooperation on Architectural Design for Industrial Heritage
  • WSA Summer School 2011: Sustainability in the Built Environment, a two-week training program for Chinese building professionals
  • Annual student exchange program "Sustainable Architectural Joint-studio" between Cardiff and Shanghai Tongji University at postgraduate level, between 2006 and 2009, and with Tianjin University in 2011 and 2012