Yijing joined King’s College London in 2018 as a lecturer in CUSP London. Before this, she was a teaching fellow in CIM, University of Warwick from 2017 to 2018; and a lecturer in China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP) from 2014 to 2017. Yijing had been giving lectures on urban science including on smart cities, digital cities from an interdisciplinary perspective, spatial methods and practice in urban science, risk management with various scenarios to both postgraduates and senior government officials. She holds a PhD degree in Geography of Crime from University of Cambridge, and a MSc degree in Urban Ecology from Peking University, China.
Yijing's research focuses on spatial analysis in urban crime, counter terrorism strategies based on empirical studies, climate change influences on crimes, and risk management strategies upon social media data analysis. She tries to marry theories in multiple subjects with a combined methodology, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Her PhD topic was to explore the geography of crime in China from multiple geographical scales following a top-down path, illuminating by theories in sociology, criminology, economics and geography. Her Masters project was to forecast the vegetation change in urbanized areas using remote sensing images data, based on self-organized criticality theory. Yijing's current research topics are mainly: terrorism risks and counter-terrorism strategies in regions involved in One Belt One Road Initiatives, social security and resilience against disasters as a result of climate change, with an emphasis on 'big' data analysis.