Dr. Yanmei Li is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Master of Urban & Regional Planning program. She holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in Regional Economics from Beijing Normal University in China. Dr. Li has worked as an Assistant Professor for two years at Western Kentucky University and has taught various courses in Statistics, Geography and Urban Planning. She has actively participated in the plan-making process of local communities, and served on multiple advisory committees on planning in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She has led and involved in projects in adaptive reuse of historic buildings and Habitat for Humanity eco-village conceptual plan.
Dr. Li’s research interests focus on advanced quantitative methods of spatial statistics and econometrics, housing and community development, and real estate and urban economics and finance. She is very interested in policies related to affordable housing, sustainable community development, housing programs for people with special needs, historic preservation, and housing rehabilitation. She is also interested in the relationship between housing market, racial minorities and immigrants. She has conducted extensive research in residential mortgage default and foreclosure and its impact on neighborhood quality and stability. Her research on foreclosure and neighborhood stability has received significant attention from local media, policy makers, and research organizations.