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Salford Business School

Dr Yun Chen

Lecturer in Business IT


I have three-year teaching experience in information system development, programming languages, website design, research and quantitative methods at both Bachelor and Master levels.

I am also an experienced research fellow working for EU and UK funded projects, responsible for building complex information systems. I have been contributing to the design and implementation of e-Urban Planning systems in several research and development projects. One of those developed systems is currently used in the city of Stuttgart by Stuttgart City Council.
I obtained four degrees, and all of them were awarded with good.  I held Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) from UK government (Universities UK) when I was studying my PhD. I also obtained Certificate of Professional Development in Consultation Services and Techniques.


I have teaching experiences in Foundation, BSc, Pre-Master and MSc courses, using a variety of teaching methods including lecturing, small group tutorial and e-learning.

  • In Salford Business School, I have been teaching undergraduate students in various programmes for 4 years, such as Business IT, People and Computing, Rich Media etc. The subjects I am teaching are all about how to apply Information Technologies into business field (such as emerging creative technologies, website development technologies – (X)HTML, CSS, PHP etc.).
  • I used to teach International Foundation course and Pre-master course in the University of Huddersfield, subjects including computing (C, C++, website design etc.), business research and quantitative methods. 
  • I also used to give lectures on 'Environmental Planning' & 'Research Methodology' to MSc Virtual City students in the School of the Built Environment  both physically and online (using Elluminate).

I am currently supervising 3 PhD students (2 full-time and 1 part-time) in the field of information system/disruptive technologies in business context.

Research Interests

My PhD topic is 'Complex Information System Development'. I have been employed on three multi-million GBP/EURO projects from 2004 to 2012 which are:-

  • Sustainable Urban Regeneration, SURegen (UK Government EPSRC funded, £2.5 Million, 2008-2012).
  • Virtual Environmental Planning System, VEPs (E109, INTEREG 3b, €4.7 million 2004 -2008)
  • IntelCities (FP7 IP, €6.8 million, 2004-2005)

My research interests also include: digital innovation and enterprise software in business, mobile commerce and app development, human-centred design and user experience, IT sustainability.

PhD Supervision

I am currently supervising a doctoral student on the topic of:

city digitalization.

I would be interested in supervising future doctoral students in:

the general area of business information technology, impact of emerging technology on business, society and culture, information management and information system strategy in organization.

Qualifications and Memberships


Sept. 2009 – Mar. 2011: PG Cert in Higher Education Practice and Research, University of Salford, UK (Part-time) (Passed with grade 68%)

Apr. 2003 – Apr. 2007: PhD  in Methodology for ePlanning Systems Development,  University of Salford, UK (Awarded, with Overseas Research Scholarship)

Sept. 2001 – Dec. 2002: MSc. in Computation, UMIST, UK (Passed with Distinction)

Sept. 1997 – Jul. 2001: BSc. in Chemical Engineering and Mechanics, Beijing University of Chemical Technologies, China (Passed with First Class)


Sept. 2015 – Present: Member of Centre for Digital Business

Jul. 2011 – Present: Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Dr Yun Chen, Dr Marie Griffiths, Richard Dron, 2016. Pop-Up Research Unit (#PUPRU): Technology Strategy in Action. 6th International Conference: BizStrategy 2016.
Dr Talal Alazemi, Dr Yun Chen,  Dr Maria Kutar, 2016. The Impact of Google on Use of the Academic Libraries Websites. UKAIS 2016.
Prof. Nan Liu, Duo Xuan, Dr Yun Chen, 2016. The challenges of real estate information service bases on “Big data”, Journal of Science and Technology Progress and Policy.
·Chen, Y., Song, Y., Bowker, S., Hamilton, A., 2012. 'A Comprehensive Sustainable Urban Regeneration System: Web-based Collaborative Regeneration Tool'. In: International Journal of E-Planning Research, IGI Publishing [Publication in Process]
Chen, Y., Hamilton, A., and Borning, A., 2010. Modelling & Matching and Value Sensitive Design: Two Methodologies for ePlanning Systems Development, Book Chapter of: Handbook of Research on E-Planning (Carlos Nunes Silva edits), IGI Global Publication
Knapp, S., Chen, Y., Hamilton, A. and Coors, V., 2009. An ePlanning Case Study in Stuttgart Using OPPA 3D, Book Chapter of: Handbook of Research on Strategies for Local E-Government Adoption and Implementation: Comparative Studies (Reddick, C.G edits), IGI Global publication
Knapp, S. and Chen, Y., 2007. The Impact of ePlanning Systems on Public Participation in Planning Processes. In: the Proceeding of XXI Aesop Conference, Napoli (Italy), July 11-14, 2007
Chen, Y., Kutar, M. and Hamilton, 2007. A. Modelling and Matching: A Methodology for ePlanning System Development to Address the Requirements of Multiple User Groups, In: D. Schuler (Ed.): Online Communities and Social Comput., HCII 2007, LNCS 4564, pp. 41–49, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Chen, Y. and Hamilton, A., 2006. Design Process for ePlanning Systems. In: the Proceeding of the 11th Annual Conference & Doctoral Consortium (UKAIS 2006). 9th – 11th April 2006, University of Gloucestershire, UK.
Chen, Y. and Knapp, S., 2006. VEPS – Virtual Environmental Planning System: First steps towards a web-based 3D-planning and participation tool. In: the Proceeding of the 11th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society. 13th – 16th February 2006, Vienna, Austria. <available at:>