Liu Zhiyan is Dr. in Economics, Professor, Director of Urban Economy Studies Division Research Centre for Urban Development and Environment (RCUDE), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
RCUDE was established in 1994 and obtained on official status as one of the CASS institutes in 1997 after the approval of the Central Government Organization's Committee (CGOC) of the State Council.
RCUDE is mandated to undertake academic and policy oriented research topics related to urban development and environment. Major areas of study include urban and regional economy, urban development planning, land and real estate management, urban sociology, urban environment and ecology management, sustainable development, global climate change and energy policy. As a think tank of the central government, RCUDE receives grants for academic research and publications, and provides advice to international organizations, local governments and the private sector.