Alka Sapat
Associate Professor

Yanmei Li
Associate Professor

Yanmei Li, Ph.D., AICP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. She holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in Economics (specializing in Regional Economics) from Beijing Normal University in China. Dr. Li’s research interests focus on advanced quantitative methods, housing and community development, and real estate and urban economics. She is a SAS certified advanced programmer. She is very interested in policies related to affordable housing, sustainable community development, housing programs for people with special needs, and smart cities. She is also interested in the relationship between housing market, racial minorities, social capital, and neighborhoods. 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. She has actively participated in the plan-making process of local communities and has led multiple urban redevelopment planning projects with local communities both in Kentucky and in South Florida.

In recent years Dr. Li has worked on multiple research grants as a Co-PI totaled more than $400,000. She has collaborated with the VPT lab since she joined FAU in 2008. She collaborated on the NSF coastal resilience grant with Dr. Ann Margaret, Dr. Mitsova, and Dr. Sapat and published the following articles with them.

Mitsova, Diana, Ann-Margaret Esnard, and Yanmei Li. 2012. Using enhanced dasymetric mapping techniques to improve the spatial accuracy of sea level rise vulnerability assessments. Journal of Coastal Conservation: Planning and Management, 16(3): 355-372.

Sapat, Alka, Yanmei Li, Christine M. Mitchell, and Ann-Margaret Esnard. 2011. Policy learning and policy change: Katrina, Ike and post-disaster housing. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 29 (1): 26-56.