Xiaoyu Hou 侯小雨

Xiaoyu Hou 侯小雨


Xiaoyu Hou is a first-year PhD student at the Architecture & Urbanism Research Group, at the University of Leeds. He is under the supervision of Dr Gehan Selim, who is also from the School of Civil Engineering.  He graduated from the University of Leeds with a Merit in MSc GIS and from Xi'an University of Science and Technology with a first in BSc Geography. With a strong interest in post-natural disaster cultural heritage preservation, he started his new journey in a relatively new area with his background of ArcGIS mapping, data management and in-field surveying experiences.

 Research &Learning experience

Investigation of the Energy Consumption change between 2013 and 2016

Module project supervised by Dr Nick Hood, using energy-consuming data to indicate high consumption area and detecting economic relationships, helping governments carry out carbon track proof and limitation policy. Developed advanced data processing/cleaning ability and building classification systems (Excel, ArcMap etc.). More importantly, that was my first attempt to connect my report to academic and other industries (London local authorities/government). The final report was given 65/100, and the poster was marked as an excellent demonstration of the work for the good use of inserts from the report to act as evidence/example and good presentation skills.

England housing price spatial variation and its influencing factors: A comparison of geographically weighted regression and the global OLS method

Master's degree final dissertation supervised by Dr Nick Hood. Gained experience in nationwide small area study and data aggregation from different census data. All geodemographic variable data from census 2011 has to match the level of aggregation in house price data: compared Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) regression and Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR). Thorough understanding of residual handling/model fit and spatial non-stationarity when processing housing data.


  • Advanced in ArcMap, QGIS, SPSS, Tableau, ERDAS IMAGINE, MapInfo Pro and familiar with Python, R 
  • Data Visualization and Analysis, Digital Image Processing, Environmental Assessment, Geodemographics and Neighbourhood Analysis



Research interests

Xiaoyu Hou's research mainly focuses on the post-natural disaster rebuilding of the local heritage sites. The reconstruction is not only limited to the physical site itself but also the cultural context. As resilence is a broad definition and can be differently defined within different countries and social backgrounds, the local community's voice tends to be neglected and the experts' theory based on a wider background might fail to fill the need of local residents. Also, by comparing the different cultural heritage resilence, people might understand different aspects of cultural heritage protection and multiple meanings of resilence. Utilizing Geographical Information System techniques and interviews with local residents, the mixed-method approach might offer a new path for people to learn about the stricken area's cultural heritage protection in diversity world.


  • 2019-2020 University of Leeds, MA in MSc GIS
  • 2015-2019 University of Xi'an University of Science and Technology, BA in Physical geography
  • Royal Meteorological Society Yorkshire Branch (since 24/02/2020)
  • Royal Geographical Society (RGS) official licensed ambassador (since Feb. 2020)