Yu Qiao holds a BA in Land Use Management and a Master in Housing Economics, both from Renmin University of China, Beijing. He grew up in Dalian, Liaoning, China. Before joined the program at 2011, Yu engaged in several research projects on China's land use and urban development. He also had internship experience at China Ministry of Land and Resources, Landesa Rural Development Institute, and a private research institute. He currently works with Dr. Ding as a teaching assistant for Microeconomics and Urban Economics. His research interest is on China's urban development, firm dynamics and economic growth, urban system and migration.