Dr. Peilei Fan

Peilei  Fan
  • Professor
  • School of Planning, Design & Construction
  • College of Social Science
  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources


Dr. Peilei Fan is a professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the School of Planning, Design, and Construction, Michigan State University (MSU). 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. She has a Ph.D. in Economic Development and an 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 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

She is the Secretary-General of the International Association of Landscape Ecology (2019-2024). She also serves in 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. She 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 is a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow of the National Committee on US-China Relations (2019-20). She has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and been a guest (co)editor for special issues of four academic journals. She has served on the review panels for NASA, EPA, and Fulbright, and has been an ad-hoc reviewer for NSF and multiple international organizations.


International development and planning, high-tech industrialization, and urbanization & sustainability


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