Professor Tao has a Ph.D. in Geography. His research interests cover Urban Regional Development, Social Construction and Management, Regional Cross-Boundary Governance, the Cultural Construction of an International Metropolis, and Adolescent Development and Education. He has published more than 30 articles or papers in journals or important publications including Social Science, Urban Planning, Shanghai Economic Research, Jiefang Daily, and Wenhuibao Daily. Some articles have been reprinted by authoritative Xinhua Digest and Photo Copy Resources of China People’s University. He has been working on 20 research projects, including a National Social Science Fund project, 2 provincial-level projects, and many projects sponsored by local governments and their departments. He has published over 10 books (including as a co-author), some of which are The Experience and Outlooks on Social Construction in Pudong; The Management of Cross-boundary Regions in China: Theory and Practice; The Administration of Cross-Provinces and Cross-Cities Districts in China: A Perspective of an Administrative District’s Economy. Five of his special reports were commented on by leaders of the central government and the Shanghai municipal government. A co-authored paper, “Challenges of Social Stability in Big Cities and Solutions”, earned the Second Prize of Shanghai Municipal Award for Deng Xiaoping Theory Research and Publicity. A co-authored book, Scientific Development Concept: the District Economy Development in China, earned the Third Prize of Shanghai Municipal Award for Deng Xiaoping Theory Research and Publicity.