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Department of Geography

California State University, Northridge

18111 Nordhoff St.

Northridge, CA91330-8249

Tel: (818) 677-3529

Fax: (818) 677-2723

Email: yifei.sun@csun.edu



1.      Ph.D. in Geography, 2001, State University of New York at Buffalo.

2.      M. S. in Geography, 1994, Nanjing University, China.

3.      M. A. in Geography, 1997, The University of Akron, Ohio.

4.      B. A. in Urban and Regional Planning, 1991. Nanjing University, China


·         Geog150 World Geography

·        Geog306 “Intermediate Geographic Information Systems

·       Geog351 “Urban Geography

·       Geog321 “Geography of United States

·       Geog324 “China”

·       Geog360 “Quantitative Geography

·       Geog404 “Urban Field Survey

·       Geog406 “Advanced Geographic Information Systems

·       Geog460 “Spatial Analysis

·       Geog640C “Industry Location

·     Geog696 “Directed Graduate Research

·       Geog690F “Methods in GIS: Exploring ArcObjects

Funded Research


·         My major interests fall within Economic Geography, GIS, Spatial Statistics, and Contemporary China. Particularly, I am interested in technological innovation and urban/regional economic development.


·         Principle Investigator. Foreign Research and Development Investment in China. National Science Foundation. $139,863. August 2002 January 2007.


·         Principal Investigator. Collaborative Research: A Comparative Study of ICT Industry Development in the Beijing, Shanghai-Suzhou, and Shenzhen-Dongguan City Regions in China,National Science Foundation, $49,698 allocated for my part.2006 2010.


·         Principal Investigator. “Chinese Ways of Innovation-Strategic Directions of Research on China Innovation.”  National Science Foundation, $58,187. 2011


·         Principal Investigator. “Using GIS to Evaluate the Effectiveness of LADWP Programs in Improving Energy Usage Efficiency in City of Los Angeles.” $45,000. 2013


            Research Fellowships


·         2013-2014 California State University Chancellor’s office Wang’s Fellowship


·         2009-2010 Research Fellow, California State University, Northridge





Recent Publications

Edited Book

Sun, Yifei, Max von Zedtwitz and Denis Fred Simon (eds), 2008. Global R&D in China. London: Routledge (It was also published as a Special Issue in Asia Pacific Business Review in 2007).



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Journal Guest Editors


1.      Kalafsky, Ronald V.and Yifei Sun. Guest Editors, 2011.  Special Issue on Asian Manufacturing. GeoJournal. 76(6).


2.      Sun, Yifei and Rongping Mu, Guest Editors, 2010. Special Issue on Chinas New Innovation-Oriented Strategy. International Journal of Technology Management 51 (2/3/4).


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3.      Sun, Yifei, Max von Zedtwitz and Denis Fred Simon, Guest Editors, 2007 Special Issue on Global R&D in China, Asia Pacific Business Review 13(3).


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4.      Zhou, Yu and Yifei Sun, Guest Editors, 2006 Special Issue on Science and Technology Development in China, China Review 6 (1).


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Refereed Journal Articles (most can be downloaded from SSRN:  http://ssrn.com/author=1076455):


1.  Sun, Yifei, Yu Zhou, George C.S. Lin, and Denis Y. H. Wei. 2013. “Subcontracting and Supplier Innovativeness: Evidence from China’s Information and Communication Technology Industry.” Regional Studies. 47(10): 1766-1784. DOI:10.1080/00343404.2011.632227 (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00343404.2011.632227)


2.      Sun, Yifei. 2011. Location of Foreign Research and Development in China. GeoJournal. 76(6): 589-604.


3.      Sun, Yifei and Debin Du. 2011. Domestic firm innovation and networking with foreign firms in Chinas ICT industry. Environment and Planning A 43(4): 786-809.


4.      Sun, Yifei and Yu Zhou. 2011. Innovation and Inter-firm Technological Networking: Evidence from Chinas Information Communication Technology Industry. Erdkunde 65 (1): 55-70.


5.      Yu Zhou, Yifei Sun, Y. H. Dennis Wei and George C.S. Lin. 2011. De-centering spatial fix-patterns of territorialization and regional technological dynamism of ICT hubs in China. Journal of Economic Geography, 11: 119-150.


6.      Lin, George C. S., Cassandra C. Wang, Yuzhou, Yifei Sun and Yehua Dennis Wei. 2011. “Placing technological innovation in globalizing China: production linkage, knowledge exchange and innovative performance of the ICT industry in a developing economy.” Urban Studies, 48(14): 2999 – 3018.


7.      Wei, Dennis Y. H., Yu Zhou, Yifei Sun and George C.S. Lin. 2011. “Production and R&D networks of foreign ventures in China: implications for technological dynamism and regional development.” Applied Geography, 32: 106-118.


8.      Sun, Yifei and Rongping Mu. 2010. (Editorial). Introduction to the special issue on Chinas New Innovation-Oriented Strategy. International Journal of Technology Management 51 (2/3/4): 159-167.


9.      Sun, Yifei. 2010. Foreign Research and Development in China: a Sectoral Approach. International Journal of Technology Management 51 (2/3/4): 342-363.


10.  Sun, Yifei. 2010. What Matters for Industrial Innovation in China: R&D, Technology Transfer or Spillover Impacts from Foreign Investment? International Journal of Business System Research, 4(5/6): 621-647.


11.  Sun, Yifei and Debin Du 2010. Determinants of Industrial Innovation in China: Evidence from Its Recent Economic Census. Technovation, 30(9/10): 540-550.


12.  Wei, Y. H. D, Yu Zhou, Yifei Sun and George C.S. Lin (2010)., Production and R&D networks of foreign ventures in China: Implications for technological dynamism and regional development, Applied Geography, doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2010.06.008


13.  Sun, Yifei and Hongyang Wang.2008 How to develop High-Tech Industry Clusters in Less Developed Areas (Experiences from Austin, TX and North Carolina Research Triangle (次发达地区如何发展高新技术产业群: 来自美国德州奥斯汀和北卡研究三角园的启示). In Annual Report of S&T Development of China 2006-2007 (中国科技发展报告2006-2007), Edited by LIU Xielin. Beijing: Intellectual Property Press. Chapter 8: 71-81.


14.  Sun, Yifei, Maximilian von Zedtwitz and Denis Fred Simon. 2007 Globalization of R&D and China: an Introduction. Asia Pacific Business Review, 13(3): 311-319.


15.  Sun, Yifei and Ke Wen, Uncertainties, Imitating behaviors and Foreign R&D Locations: Explaining the Over-concentration of Foreign R&D in Beijing and Shanghai within China. Asia Pacific Business Review, 13(3): 405-424.


16.  Yifei Sun and Ke Wen. Country Relational Distance, Organizational Power and R&D Managers: Understanding Environmental Challenges for Foreign R&D in China. Asia Pacific Business Review, 13(3): 425-450.


17.  Sun, Yifei and Hongyang Wang.2007 A Spatial Strategy for High-Quality Labor in Rural Development: A Case Study of Jiangsu, China. Chinese Geographical Science, 17(2): 117-126


18.  Sun, Yifei and Ke WEN. 2006. Imitative Behaviors and Multination Corporation R&D Site Locations in China (in Chinese) 模仿行为与跨国公司在华研发机构的区位选择. Study of Science in Science (科学学研究), 24(4): 645-551


19.  Wen, Ke, Yifei Sun and Zefu Lin. 2006. The Barriers for the Localization of Multinational R&D in China and Implications for Policy Making (in Chinese) (跨国公司在华R&D本土化进程中的问题及启示 ). China Soft Science (中国科学) 2006(2):133-139


20.  Zhou, Yu and Yifei Sun, 2006 Introduction: Mediating the State and Market in China's Competitive High Technology Industry. China Review 6 (1): 1-7


21.  Sun, Yifei, Debin Du and Li Huang. 2006. Foreign R&D in Developing Countries: Empirical Evidence from Shanghai, China. China Review 6(1): 67-91


22.  Sun, Yifei and Hongyang Wang. 2005 Does Innovation Matter for Export in Chinas Rural Enterprises? Empirical Evidences from Jiangsu. Asian Geographer, 24 (-2): 1-15


23.  Sun, Yifei. 2005. Where Economic Status Changes:  An Application of Slope in the Urban Environment. Geographical Information Sciences 11(2): 122-129


24.  Sun, Yifei and Hongyang Wang. 2005. Does Internet Access Matter for Rural Industry? A Case Study of Jiangsu, China. Journal of Rural Studies 21 (2): 247-258


25.  Sun, Yifei. 2003. Strategic or Tactical? Foreign Research and Development in Developing Countries: A Case Study of China. Asian Geographer 22(1-2): 143-167.


26.  Sun, Yifei. 2003. Geographic Patterns of Industrial Innovation in China. Tijdschrift Voor Economische En Sociale Geografie (Journal of Economic and Social Geography) 94(3): 376-389


27.  Sun, Yifei. 2003. Determinants of Foreign Patents in China. World Patent Information 25(1): 27-37


28.  Edward L. Jackiewicz and Yifei Sun. 2003. The Ties that Bind, or Not? The Assimilation of Brazilian Migrants in South Florida. The North American Geographer 5(1-2): 114-128


29.  Sun. Yifei. 2002. Determining the Size of Spatial Clusters in Focused Tests: Comparing Two Methods by Means of Simulation in a GIS. Journal of Geographical Systems 4(4): 359-370.


30.  Sun, Yifei. 2002. Chinas National Innovation System in Transition. Eurasia Geography and Economics 43(6):476-492


31.  Sun, Yifei. 2002. Sources of Innovation in Chinas Manufacturing Sector: Imported or In-house Developed? Environment and Planning A 34(6): 1059-1072


32.  Sun, Yifei. 2002. Property Rights and Issues in Urban Planning in the United States (房地产权和美国城市划中的几个问题. Urban Planning Overseas (国外城市) 2002 (1): 38-40


33.  Sun, Yifei. 2001 “Monitoring Spatial Patterns around Fixed Points: Comparing Two Distance-based Approaches.” Geographic Information Sciences 7:42-52


34.  Peter A. Rogerson and Yifei Sun, 2001. “Spatial Monitoring of Geographic Patterns: An Application to Crime Analysis.” Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 25:538-556


35.  Sun, Yifei, 2000. “Spatial Distribution of Patents in China.” Regional Studies 34(5): 441-454


36.  Sun, Yifei and Lawrence Ma. 1997. “Edge City: The New Trend of Urban Development. (边缘城市:美国城市展的新趋势Foreign Country Urban Planning (国外城市) No.4: 28-35


37.  Sun, Yifei.1996. “On the Evolution of the Ideas about Planning and Man-land Relationships (人地系、迹初探城市的未来

38.  ).” Human Geography (人文地理) 11(2): 24-27


39.  Sun, Yifei.1995. “Delimitation of Urban Agglomerations: A Case Study of Jiangsu Province (城市密集区的界定).” Economic Geography (经济地理) 15(3): 36-40


40.  Sun, Yifei.1994. “Evolution of the Spatial Structure of CBD (CBD 空间结构演化规律探讨).” Urban Studies (城市研究) No.1: 32-34


41.  Du, Guoqing and Yifei Sun. 1994. “Quantitative Analysis of Leading Industries and Their Spatial Impacts in Nanjing.南京市工业主导行业的定量研究及其空间效应分析Economic Geography (经济地理) 13(3): 62-66­­­­­


Book Reviews


42.    Sun, Yifei. 2009. Book Review. Handbook of Research on Asian Business. (Edited by Henry Wai-chung Yeung, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar), Economic Geography 85 (3):339-341.


43.Sun, Yifei. 2005. Book Review. Chinas Telecommunications Market: Entering a New Competitive Age. China Information 19 (1): 145-147.


44.  Sun, Yifei. 2004. Book Review. Chinese Capitalism in a Globalized Era: Towards Hybrid Capitalism. China Information 18(2): 358-360.


45.  Sun, Yifei. 2002. Book Review. The Chinese City in Space and Time: The Development of Urban Form in Suzhou. Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers 64: 163-166.


46.  Sun, Yifei.2001. Book Review. The Engines of Tomorrow. China Science Times (科学时报), December 4, 2001.