Peilei Fan

Peilei Fan

School of Planning, Design and Construction

Professor, Urban & Regional Planning and Interim Director, Center for Global Change & Earth Observations

Telephone: 517-432-6517

Human Ecology Building
552 W. Circle Drive, Room 201M
East Lansing, MI 48824

Area of Expertise:

Current Research: urbanization, environment and sustainability, innovation and economic development, planning and policy

Methods: Geospatial analysis (GIS and remote sensing), quantitative modeling, qualitative methods (interviews, case analysis)

Additional interests: public health, environmental justice


Masters: Master of science in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.
PhD: PhD in economic development from MIT.

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Peilei Fan, Ph.D., is a professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the School of Planning, Design, and Construction at Michigan State University. She also holds a joint research appointment at the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations and is an adjunct faculty member of the Geography Department at MSU. Fan has a Ph.D. in Economic Development and an MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, both from MIT. She has served as a consultant/economist for the United Nations University –World Institute of Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and the Asian Development Bank. 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 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Fan is the secretary general of the International Association of Landscape Ecology (2019-2024). She also serves the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) as a member of the Finance & Investment Committee and as the Track Co-Chair for Food Systems (Track 9), Community Health and Safety. Fan is an editorial board member for the journal “Landscape and Urban Planning.” She was 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 (2019-20). Fan has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and been guest (co)editors for special issues of four academic journals. She served on the review panels for NASA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Fulbright, and been an ad-hoc reviewer for NSF and multiple international organizations.