Dr. Yanliu Lin studied urban planning in China and human settlements & strategic spatial planning at K.U. Leuven in Belgium. She received her PhD degree from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands in 2011. She then joined in the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning at Utrecht University, initially as a postdoctoral researcher and later becoming an assistant professor. Her research interests focus on urbanism and planning. She is interested in interdisciplinary research, using governance, network and social theories and mixed methods to investigate urban complexities and the influence of new technologies on urbanism and participatory/collaborative planning. She has conducted intensive research on sustainable urbanization, smart cities, China's villages in the city, social and ecomic integration of migrants, informal settlement upgrading, social housing provision, and greenway planning. She has published and submitted about 30 articles in highly ranked journals such as Urban Studies and Cities, and has been invited to present more than 20 papers in international conferences. She has taught bachelor and master courses in the field of cities and urbanization, world cities and urban structures, smart governance, planning for sustainable development, and research methods. She is also supervisor of master students and co-supervisor of PhD students.