Gang Xu

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Title: Associate Professor

Field of Study: Geography and Planning

Office: B-4-206 Mackinac Hall

Phone: 616-331-3068



GPY 235 World Regional Geography

GPY 324 Urbanization

GPY 335 Globalization and Development

GPY 365 GIS for economic & Business Decision Making

Areas of Interest: Economic Geography, urban studies, urban and regional development, GIS, international business, globalization, tourism, China, East Asia.


Ph.D. Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. M.S. Urban and Regional Planning/Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Professor Xu's Recent Publications:

  • Litvin, S., Xu, G., Ferguson, A., and Smith, W. 2013. Too Attractive for Its Own Good? South of Broad, Second Homes and Resident Attitudes. Tourism Management Perspectives. 7: 89–98.
  • Sun, W., Liang, S., Xu, G., Fang, H., and Dickinson, R. 2008. Mapping plant functional types from MODIS data using multisource evidential reasoning. Remote Sensing of Environment 112(3):1010–1024.
  • Xu, G., & Wang, R. 2007. The effect of foreign direct investment on domestic capital formation, trade, and economic growth in a transition economy: Evidence from China. The Global Economy Journal, 7(2): 1-21.
  • Xu, G. 2006. Tourism. In Geography and Economy of China, (B. Staiger, S. Friedrich and H. Schuette, editors). Darmstadt: WBG (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft), pp. 161-163.
  • Sun, W., Xu, G., Gong, P., and Liang, S. 2006. Fractal analysis of remote sensing images: A review of methods and applications. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 27(22): 4963-4990.
  • Litvin, S., Xu, G., and Kang, S. 2004. Spousal vacation-buying decision making--revisited across time and place. Journal of Travel Research, 43(2): 193-198.
  • Sun, W., Heidt, V., Gong, P., and Xu, G. 2003. Information fusion for rural land-use classification using high resolution satellite imagery. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 41(4): 883-890.
  • Xu, G. 2003. China in the Pacific Rim: Trade and investment links. In The Changing China: A Geographic Appraisal, C. Hsieh and M. Lu, eds. Boulder: Westview Press, pp. 173-194.
  • Xu, G. 2003. Economic impacts of tourism in China. In Tourism in China, A. Lew and L. Yu, eds. New York: Haworth Press, pp. 83-101.