Pan Liyu is from Guigang, Guangxi. She received a master's degree in Applied GIS from the National University of Singapore and a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and design from Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.
During her undergraduate studies, she won the Academic Excellence Award, Academic Achievement Award and Best Graduation Thesis Award. As a scientific research assistant, she participated in a research project on disaster resilience in Suzhou. During her master's degree, she published a paper on ecological corridors as the first author.
Her research interests lie in urban climate resilience and ecological planning.
Her hobbies include singing, fitness, and painting.