Peilei Fan

Peilei  Fan
  • Professor
  • Urban & Regional Planning
  • Center for Global Change and Earth Observation




Dr. Peilei Fan is a professor of Urban and Regional Planning at School of Planning, Design, and Construction, Michigan State University (MSU).  She also holds a joint research appointment at Center for Global Change and Earth Observations and is an adjunct faculty member of the Geography Department at MSU. She has a Ph.D. in Economic Development and a MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, both from MIT.  Dr. Fan has served as a consultant/economist for United Nations University –World Institute of Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and the Asian Development Bank. Dr. Fan’s research focuses on urban environment and sustainability, public health, innovation and economic development, and planning and policy. Her research projects have been funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) (2 as PI and 2 as Co-PI).  She was also a Core Fulbright US Scholar for 2017-2018 (Taipei and Shanghai) and a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow of the National Committee on US-China Relations (NCUSCR) (2019-20). She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and been guest (co)editors for special issues of four academic journals. She served on the review panels for NASA, EPA, and Fulbright and been ad-hoc reviewer for NSF and several international organizations.  She also serves as the Track Co-Chair for Food Systems, Community Health and Safety for annual conferences of Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and North America Regional Coordinator of LE Working Party of IUFRO. While she has researched on cities and sustainability worldwide, she is interested in promoting sustainability, economic development, urban environment, and public health of local communities in Michigan and regions in the US. Please also see her detailed professional profile at Google Scholar (search for PeileiFan).


Innovation and economic development, Asia’s urbanization.