Yu-Ting Tang

Assistant Professor

Geographical Sciences / Faculty of Science and Engineering
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Room 319, Sir Peter Mansfield Building


University of Nottingham Ningbo China


199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


+86 (0) 574 8818 0000-2497


BSc Pharmacy (National Taiwan University)

MSc Biochemistry (National Taiwan University)

MEM (Duke University), PhD (Nottingham)

PhD (Nottingham)


I acquired the knowledge of chemistry, pharmacology and molecular biology during my undergraduate years in the School of Pharmacy in the National Taiwan University. I worked in a cancer research lab since the summer break of my third years. It continued until I obtained a master degree in Biochemistry. Through experimenting using cells and genetic materials, I learned the logic of experiment designs. During the postgraduate study at Duke University, I further learnt the concept of risk assessment, applying the results of toxicological tests and pollutant fate and transport modelling to quantify the ecological and human health risk resulting from being exposed to environmental hazards.

I worked in an environmental consultant company in Ohio and performed human health risk assessments on polluted sites. I assisted organising the toxicological database used in the risk assessment guidance during the regulatory review of the brownfield redevelopment program under Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Then, I contributed to the establishment of human health risk assessment technique guidance for soil and groundwater pollution for the Environmental Protection Administration in Taiwan. After the guideline was announced in 2006, I provided advices to the responsible parties who expecting to establish the remediation strategies using the guidance.

I considered the policy framework for brownfield redevelopment in Taiwan transferred from the USA insufficient to handle the local brownfield issues and therefore focused my PhD study in the University of Nottingham on this issue. I later expanded my analyses on the effects of brownfield on environmental sustainability to social and economic sustainability.

Before coming to China from Nottingham, I was conducting post-doctoral research in the School of Geography. The work is supported by a European framework 7 project (Holistic management of brownfield regeneration, HOMBRE) to evaluate the potential of brownfield origination. I reviewed the possible economic indicators for brownfield origination, most of them relevant to deindustrialisation. My task is to establish possible evaluation criteria for the indicators.


Exams Officer

Career Development Officer


I have obtained the PGCHE certificate for teaching in the undergraduate courses in British higher education institute. The content in the undergraduate modules I teach covers the knowledge obtained during my post-graduate study and industrial working experiences.

I also co-supervise PhD students and act as an internal examiner for PhD candidates.

Module Convener

GEOG 1028/EJ1TUT Research Skills (2012 to present) 
GEOG 1027/EJ1IED Interpreting Environmental Data (2012 to 2017)

GEOG 2051/EJ2TOX Toxicology of the Environmental Pollutants (2014 to 2018)

GEOG 3040/EJ3ENA Environmental Assessment (2015 to present)

Contributes to teaching for

GEOG 2048/EJ2RTU Research Tutorial

Research interests

My research interest is primarily on one type of environmental policy, brownfied regeneration. The policy encourages safely and effectively reusing the derelict land and abandoned properties resulted from de-industrialisation or suburbanisation.  The recycling of land may prevent further exploitation of undeveloped nature environment and rebuild the local economy and society. 

Because of the relevancy of this policy to the environmental protection and socio-economic development, the sustainable development is pretty much the guiding principle of the policy making of brownfield regeneration.  Consequently, I also look into the pursuit of sustainable development by different countries or institutions: the ways countries and international organisations put the concept of sustainability into the context of development or into policy makings.


Refereed Journal Papers 

Wang, D., Higgitt, D., Tang, Y-T., He, J. & Guo, L. (2018) Landscape Change and the Sustainable Development Strategy of Different Types of Ethnic Villages Driven by the Grain for Green Program. Sustainability. 10(10), pp. 3485-3502. (doi:10.3390/su10103485) (SCI Indexed)

Chan, F., Griffiths, J. A., Higgitt, D., Xu, S., Zhu, F.,  Tang, Y- T., Xu, Y. & Thorne, C. R. (2018) “Sponge City” in China—A breakthrough of planning and flood risk management in the urban context. Land Use Policy. 76, pp 772-778.  (doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.03.005) (SCI Indexed)

Tang, Y-T., Chan, F., O'Donnell, E. C.,  Griffiths, J., Lau, L., Higgitt, D. L. & Thorne, C. R. (2018) Aligning ancient and modern approaches to sustainable urban water management in China: Ningbo as a “Blue‐Green City” in the “Sponge City” campaign. Journal of Flood Risk Management. Online: (doi:10.1111/jfr3.12451) (SCI Indexed)

Astudillo, J. M., Lau, L., Tang, Y-T. & Moore, T. (2018) Analysing the Zenith Tropospheric Delay Estimates in On-line Precise Point Positioning (PPP) Services and PPP Software Packages, Sensors. 18(2), pp. 580~595 (doi:10.3390/s18020580) (SCI Indexed)

Cheng, Y., Tang, Y-T. & Nathanail, C. P. (2018) Determination of the potential implementation impact of 2016 ministry of environmental protection generic assessment criteria for potentially contaminated sites in China. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. 40(3), pp. 967-985 (SCI Indexed)

Deng, W., Yang, T., Tang, L. & Tang, Y. T. (2016). Barriers and policy recommendations for developing green buildings from local government perspective: a case study of Ningbo China. Intelligent Buildings International, 1-17.

Tang, Y.T., Chan, F.K.S., & Griffiths, J. (2015). City profile: Ningbo. Cities, 42, 97-108.

Tang, Y.T. & Nathanail C.P. (2012) Sticks and Stones: the Impact of the Definitions of Brownfield in Policies on Socio-economic Sustainability. Sustainability. 4(5), p.840-862.

Book Chapters and Edited Books

Tang, Y-T., Huang, C. (2017) Disposal of Urban Wastes. In: Abraham, M.A. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies. Elsevier, pp. 365–377.

Tang, Y. T., Griffiths, J, Chan, F. and Lau, L. (2016) From historical urban to modern urban: The observation of the utilisation of an ancient Chinese Waterway in Ningbo, China. In Tenorio, R., Tang, Y. T., Loo Y. M., Pino-Ojeda W. (Eds) Beyond the Market: Building Sino-Latin American Cultural Relations.  Ningbo: UNNC. pp. 273~290.