Dr. Ling Zhang

Assistant Professor


Lewis Science Center, Room 164F

(501) 450-5638




Areas of Interest:


  • Retail Geography, Economic Geography, Regional Development
  • Spatial Analysis, Spatial Modeling, Land Use, and Land Cover Change
  • Urban Geography, Urban Growth, Urban Sustainability




  • Human Geography
  • Principles of Geography
  • Urban Geography
  • Geography of China and East Asia




Ph.D. University of Utah

M.S. Beijing Normal University

B.S. East China Normal University




  • Zhang, L., and S. Hardaker. (2021). Divestment of European grocery retailers from China. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 103(2): 152-167.
  • Hardaker, S., and L. Zhang. (2021). Testing the water: Prior-online market entry in China. International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management 49(7): 1111-1129.
  • Wei, Y. H.D., Y. Wu, F.H. Liao, and L. Zhang. (2020). Regional inequality, spatial polarization and place mobility in provincial China: A case study of Jiangsu province. Applied Geography, 124, 102296.
  • Wei, Y. H.D., J. Lin and L. Zhang (2019). E-commerce, Taobao villages and regional development in China. Geographic Review, 110(3): 380-405.
  • Zhang, L. and Y. H.D. Wei. (2017). Spatial inequality and dynamics of foreign hypermarket retailers in China. Geographical Research, 55(4): 395-411.
  • Zhang, L., Y. H.D. Wei and R. Meng. (2017). Spatiotemporal dynamics and spatial determinants of urban
    growth in Suzhou, China. Sustainability, 9(3), 393.
  • Zhang, L. and Y. H.D. Wei. (2015). Foreign hypermarket retailers in China: spatial penetration, local embeddedness and structural paradox. Geographic Review, 105(4): 528-550.