Fellows of IOFC

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Raees Begum Baig is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her PhD from the University of Hong Kong in 2010. Her research interests include social policy, civil society and political participation, human rights and equality. She is also an advocate of gender equality and minority rights protection. She is a Senior Minority Fellow of the Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations. Her recent publications include "Hong Kong Muslims self-representation in Cantonese: An oriental Orientalism?," Asian Anthropology. 14(1): 67–78. (2015) (co-authored with Paul O'Connor) and "From colony to Special Administrative Region: ethnic minorities' participation in the making of legislation against racial discrimination in Hong Kong," Social Transformations in Chinese Societies. 8(2): 173-200.

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Joseph Bosco is Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include economic anthropology (development, the rise of consumerism in China), religion, and the cultural shaping of rationality. His most recent research project entitled “Urban Processions: The Sacred in Colonial and Postcolonial Hong Kong” focuses on the Tam Kung and Fire Dragon processions in that recently have received government support as they are now viewed as heritage, reversing a decline in such processions that dates back at least to the 1920s, when the colonial government began a system of strict control over folk religion. He is currently conducting research on pesticides and risk in Taiwan. His most recent publications include “The Problem of Greed in Economic Anthropology: Sumptuary Laws and New Consumerism in China,” Economic Anthropology 1: 167–185 (2014), and “The Hong Kong Ocean Park Kidnapping Rumor.” Ethnology 50(2):135-151 (2013).

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Bente Castro is an external habilitation candidate in the Department of Market Analysis, Institute of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kiel. She conducts her main research work as a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) where she studies the water-energy-food nexus in Europe within the framework of the H2020 project SIM4NEXUS (https://www.sim4nexus.eu/). Bente has nine years of experience as a socio-economic researcher in a range of applied and academic research settings on subjects as varied as market analysis, rural development, occupational choice, income inequality, and health and well-being with special focus on China. You may email her at: bente.castro(at)upm.es or bcastro(at)ae.uni-kiel.de and follow her on Twitter (at)BenteCastro. 

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Prof. Emily YY Chan is currently the Director of Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), Director of Centre of Global Health, Professor(Clinical) and Convener (Climate Change and Health Study Group) of the Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Apart from being a public health research expert, she is also an expert in health need and program evaluation assessments of medical humanitarian interventions in extreme events and health program development in remote and resource deficit settings. In 2007, Prof. Chan has established the Climate Change and Health Research Study Group at the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care at CUHK. She is a research fellow of IEES (CUHK) as well as holding an honorary research fellowship at Nuffield Department of Medicine (Emerging Infectious Diseases and Emergency Preparedness) of University of Oxford, United Kingdom. She heads the CUHK-HKO Collaborative Research Team on Climate Change and Health Outcomes (2012-2015) and the research aims are to examine and provide evidence-based insights on various health impacts and associated community behaviors related to climate change. Currently, the two main funded research areas are i) health impact modeling (mortality, morbidity and self-reported health outcomes), and ii) behavioral assessments (knowledge, attitude, perception, risk literacy and communication predictors). Among the international peer-reviewed publication, the recent climate change-related study focusing on the relationship between weather phenomena and pollution levels and daily hospital admissions in Hong Kong has been published in Bulletin of World Health Organization. She serves in the editorial boards of several international scientific journal and as technical expert in various governing boards of international non-governmental organizations and government advisory groups in areas related to medical humanitarian response, climate change and health and health related interventions in difficult settings.

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Prof. CHANG Ping-hung Wallace

Wallace Ping-hung Chang is a registered Architect in Hong Kong and China. He is both an architectural practitioner and theorist on urban design, cultural conservation and community participation. His award-winning designs range from urban washroom to university academic building. Also, he is a social activist to promote a civil consciousness on urban environment, community conservation and sustainable planning. He has been conducting research with exhibition in Habitat City and Bamboo Theatre in 2011. His latest research, Kai Tak River Green Corridor Community Education Project [HKADC 2013 Award of Arts Education], focuses on cultural identity and urban sustainability issues during the urban transformation process in Hong Kong and southern Chinese cities.

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Ju-chen Chen is Senior Lecturer of the Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University (2009). She has conducted intensive ethnographic research in Beijing and Xi’an, China. Her Ph.D. dissertation, titled Capital Dreams: Global Consumption, Urban Imagination, and Labor Migration in Late Socialist Beijing, addresses the remaking of Beijing, with a focus on social differentiations within and beyond the city, under the impacts of the late socialist Chinese state and the expansion of global capitalism in the early 2000s. Dr. Chen’s future research plans include two strands. One strand focuses on migrant laborers in China and how their experience illuminates China’s changing urban-rural relations. The other strand extends her interest in labor migration and globalization by examining the life cycle and experience of female migrant laborers working as domestic helpers in Asia.

Areas of Interest: Anthropology of China, globalization, urban studies, social differences, labor migration, gender, consumption and mass media.

Geographical Areas of Research: Mainland China and Hong Kong

Languages: English, Putonghua, Taiwanese

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Prof. Chen is Professor and former Chairman of the Department of Geography and Resource Management, and the Leader of China Environment Programme, Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research and teaching areas include hydrology and water resources management, meteorology and climatology, environmental assessment and modeling, and regional development. In recent years his research activities have focused on hydrologic impacts of global climate change and regional land-use alteration, and low-flow hydrology in the Pearl River basin, hydrologic changes in the Pearl River Delta, and urban water management in Hong Kong, and strategic environmental assessment in China. He has published extensively in these areas in international and Chinese journals, as well as book volumes. He has been active in serving in various capacities for several universities, professional societies and government advisory committees at local, national, and international levels, including President of the Professional Association for China’s Environment, Vice Chair of Commission on Hydrology of Geographical Society of China, Vice Chair of Commission on Water Resources, Chinese Society of Natural Resources, member of Strategic Advisory Committee, Hong Kong Observatory and member of Advisory Committee on the Quality of Water Supplies, Hong Kong SAR Government.

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Edmund Cheng obtained his PhD in government from the London School of Economics and Political Science in December 2015. He is an assistant professor at the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. He researches contentious politics, civil society, political economy, heritage studies, and urban and local politics with a focus on China, Hong Kong and Malaysia. He has articles published or forthcoming in The China Quarterly, Social Movement Studies, Modern Asian Studies and International Journal of Heritage Studies. He is leading two Research Grants Council projects that study the dynamics of activism in Hong Kong and the institutional basis of voluntarism in newly industrialized societies.

Sealing Cheng is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include sexuality, migration, anti-trafficking activism and policies and African asylum-seekers in Hong Kong. Her publications have appeared in Social Politics, Anthropological Quarterly, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Health and Human Rights, and Feminist Review. Her book, On the Move for Love: Migrant Entertainers and the U.S. Military in South Korea (University of Pennsylvania Press 2010) received the Distinguished Book Award of the Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association in 2012.

Amy Cheung is a conceptual artist, co-founder of art and design collective "handkerchief" and a part-time lecturer at the Fine Art Department. She specializes in large-scale installation and interdisciplinary collaboration, primarily uses “question- as-medium” to begin her creative process in dialogue with the public, and the resulted attempts often transcend her investigative artwork into unexpected manifestation of our human conditions.


Cheung gained her BA in History of Art & Fine Art from Goldsmith's College, University of London and her MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL, University of London. She was Beck's New Contemporaries in U.K. and UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate awarded by UNESCO's International Fund for the Promotion of Culture, represented Hong Kong in the 52th Venice Biennale, 2007 and received the Outstanding Young Artist Award (Visual Arts) from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. She received Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council to complete an artwork with legendary psychologist Philip Zimbardo of the Stanford Prison Experiment at Stanford University. In 2014, she transformed a former Citi-Bank into her own immersive theater "Hankie Bank" with participatory future stock supported by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, NY.

Sidney C. H. Cheung is Professor of the Department of Anthropology and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include visual anthropology, anthropology of tourism, heritage studies, food and identity, fragrance and ethnicity; his co-edited books include Tourism, Anthropology and China, (White Lotus, 2001), The Globalization of Chinese Food (RoutledgeCurzon, 2002), Food and Foodways in Asia: Resource, Tradition and Cooking (Routledge, 2007). He also serves as a partner of the UNESCO Chair project of Tours University, France on “Safeguarding and promotion of Cultural Food Heritage,” and member of the Scientific Committee of Greenline Heritage conference series in Portugal since 2008.

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Katherine Cheung is a current PhD student in the Department of Anthropology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interest include art-engaging communities of Hong Kong, particular in their global identity making through reforming low-end production lines, revitalizing traditional handcraftsmanship and remapping human-object relations in their picturing of ‘Hong Kong’s grassroots’ lives. Katherine was also a graphic design practitioner and educator focusing in corporate identity design, brand design, and environmental graphic design. She obtained her two master degrees in Cultural Anthropology and in Visual Culture Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; and her bachelor degree in Visual Communication Design in the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design of Los Angeles.

Carol Pui-ha Chow is lecturer of School of Journalism & Communication, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interest includes visual culture, media and ideologies, creative economies, identity, globalization and modernities, and labor issues. She also curated Asian Women Photography Exhibition for Hong Kong International Photo Festival 2014 and Dali International Photo Festival 2013.

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Donna Chu, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, works on research about youth media culture, gender and media literacy. She received her PhD from the University of Hong Kong in 2003. Prior to joining the academia, she has been working in a few media fields, including writing and television production. Since 2012, she has started a media literacy summer project for secondary school students in Hong Kong. In 2017, she has founded Mars Media Academy, a social enterprise, to engage in the teaching and learning of media and information literacy in networked society.

Thomas Chung is Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He graduated from the University of Cambridge, and has practiced as a registered architect in the United Kingdom, working on award-winning projects. His research interest involves understanding how architecture contributes to the urban order and culture of the modern city, currently focusing on the topic of cultural metabolisms of Hong Kong's urban vernacular. Thomas is active in steering, curating and exhibiting at the HK-SZ Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) both in Hong Kong and Shenzhen for the past decade, as well as at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010 and 2014. Following his multiple award-wining projects Value Farm in UABB(SZ) 2013 and Floating Fields in UABB(SZ) 2015, Thomas is researching how ecological architectural and productive landscape design strategies can combine with socio-cultural innovation to explore alternative sustainable designs in urban development.

David is Director, Professor of Architecture of School of Architecture of CUHK; former Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster, UK. He graduated at the University of Cambridge in Architecture with a starred distinction and went on to spend two years as Rome Scholar in Architecture at the British School at Rome. He was elected a Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, teaching design and construction in the Architecture Department before taking up a Readership at Nottingham and later a Professorship at Manchester. He successfully led both Manchester and Leicester Schools of Architecture in the UK and is the founder of the international Latitudes Network that crowd sources design ideas for climate change.


David is a qualified architect. His research is focused on the use of materials in design and incorporates drawing and spatial practices.


His books include: Victor Horta, Architect of the Art Nouveau (Thames and Hudson, 2018); Material Imagination in Architecture (Routledge, 2016); Architectural Drawings (Laurence King, London, 2nd Ed. 2014), Exhibition Design (Laurence King, London, 2007) New Stone Architecture, (Laurence King, 2003) and Villa d’Este at Tivoli (Academy Ed., London, 1996). His exhibitions include: Heat (Cambridge, 2018); Shipwreck (Ruskin Gallery, 2016); Material Imagination, (British School at Rome, 2005); After Space (Cambridge Art Space, 2007); Cambridge Artworks, Group Exhibition of drawings and paintings (2003-4); Materials and Meaning, Victor Horta (Building Centre, London, 1991, 1997); Material Values, (Rome, 1991); Royal Academy London, Prize for Best Drawing (1987).

Murat Es is a Lecturer at the Department of Geography and Resource Management and the Secretary of the Urban Studies Programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has studied and conducted research in Turkey, the Netherlands, and the USA before settling in Hong Kong. Es is a cultural geographer who specializes in ethno-national minorities in transnational migration contexts, spaces of religion and secularity, discourses of race and multiculturalism and struggles over urban development and governance. Currently he is working on research projects that explore the politics of ethnic and religious conviviality in Hong Kong.

Prof. FUNG Tung is the Chairperson and Professor of the Department of Geography and Resource Management, Director of the Institute of Future Cities (IOFC), and Associate Director of the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability (IEES) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Previously, he served as Associate Vice-President of CUHK (2009 to 2017), Interim Dean of Faculty of Social Science (2014).

Prof. Fung’s research interests include the integration of geographic information systems (GIS), census and satellite data for hill fire modeling, environmental quality assessment, wetland monitoring, mangrove species mapping, and leaf area index modeling. He has also developed techniques in hyperspectral data analysis, object-oriented image analysis, and multifractal analysis for image fusion, image classification, and change detection. 


Prof. Fung received his BA and MPhil from the University of Hong Kong and PhD from the University of Waterloo.

Mingyue (Michelle) Gu joined the Faculty of Humanities, Education University of Hong Kong as Associate Professor,  in January 2018. Prior to this appointment, she had been an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received CUHK's Young Researcher Award in 2015. She has recently completed one RGC-Funded project on identity construction of ethnic minority adolescents in Hong Kong. Her research interests include: multilingualism and mobility, gender and education, language and identity, language and ideology, and teacher education in multilingual settings. She has published in over 20 international refereed journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Pragmatics, Applied Linguistics, Multilingua, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, System, Language and Education, Language Teaching Research, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Journal of Education for Teaching, Linguistics and Education, and Computer Assisted Language Learning.

Sylvia He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management at CUHK. She is a board member and honorary deputy secretary of the Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies (HKSTS). She serves on the editorial board of Travel Behaviour and Society. Sylvia’s current research interests include transportation planning and policy, travel behavior, urban and regional economics, and GIS/spatial analysis. Her research has been funded by both local and international funding agencies and organizations, such as GRF, PPR, UGC/DAAD, Regional Studies Association (RSA), US Department of Transportation, and BMW Group Institute for Mobility Research (ifmo). She holds a PhD in Policy, Planning, and Development from the School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC), where she won the John Dyckman Award for Best Dissertation in Planning. Prior to joining CUHK, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Mantian (Mandy) Hu is associate professor in the Department of Marketing at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Director of Centre for Marketing Engineering. She was the winner of the 2011 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition and the Best Services Proposal Award sponsored by Society for Marketing Advances (USA).


Her research focuses on using the cutting-edge empirical models to study and explain consumer behaviors in industries such as telecommunication, automobile and e-commerce. In particular, she is interested in the effects of social network, word-of-mouth and social interactions on behavior. Her research has been published in Marketing Science, The International Journal of Research in Marketing and other leading international journals.


She serves as Honorary Advisor of Hong Kong Digital Analytics Association and provides consulting services to marketing research firms, telecom companies and handset manufacturers. Professor Hu received her PhD from Stern School of Business at New York University in 2012.

Weishan Huang is a Sociologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies (CRS). She received her Ph.D at The New School for Social Research. She currently serves as the Program Director of the Master Program in Religious Studies. Her work mainly focuses on religious movements, international migration and religion, and religion and urban gentrification in New York and Shanghai City. One of her joint research projects was to inquire as to how culture and economics intertwined in urban re-structuring before and after the 1990 recession in New York City. She is the co-editor of the book, Ecology of Faith in the New York City (Indiana University Press, 2013).


Her current research at CRS is funded by Research Grants Council of Hong Kong. This proposal is to propose a study of the reconfiguration of two significant state-planned social phenomena, urbanization and religious revival, and its impacts on Mahayana Buddhist communities in contemporary Shanghai.

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Tsung-yi Micehelle Huang received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has taught in the English Department of National Taiwan University and is a Professor in the Department of Geography, National Taiwan University.


Her research interests include cultural geography, contemporary East Asian culture, urban geography, film studies and gender studies. Huang's research over the last 10 years has been concerned with identifying, investigating, and creatively revealing newly-emergent urban phenomena that have radically in response to capitalist globalization in the last three decades through an interdisciplinary approach and critical perspective.She significantly contributes to the urban studies field by using complex techniques of narrative analysis to grasp how society changes in the urban landscape, the emergent social subjects of globalization, and to make critiques of development in cities like Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai and Taipei. 


In 2004 her doctoral dissertation was revised and expanded into a monograph, Walking Between Slums and Skyscrapers: Illusions of Open Space in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai, published by the Hong Kong University Press. Her second monograph, Articulating New Cultural Identities: Self-Writing of East Asian Global City-regions (in Chinese) was published in 2008. The book received a grant for publication from Taiwan's National Science Council and a simplified Chinese version was published in Mainland China by Guangxi Normal University Press in 2011. From 2008 to the present her research has mainly focused on the cultural politics of narratives and discourses in Taiwan and South China that address emergent social subjects brought about by globalization.

Prof. King's research interests include machine learning, social computing, web intelligence, data mining, and multimedia information processing. He has over 200 technical publications in journals and conferences. In addition, he has contributed over 30 book chapters and edited volumes. One notable patented system he has developed is the VeriGuide System, which detects similar documents in both English and in Chinese to promote academic integrity and honesty. Prof. King is the Book Series Editor with Taylor and Francis. He is an Associate Editor of ACM TKDD and Neural Networks and a former Associate Editor of the IEEE TNNLS. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Governors and Vice-President of INNS and APNNA.


Prof. King is Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Engineering and Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his B.Sc. degree in Engineering and Applied Science from California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles. During his recent leave, Prof. King worked with AT&T Labs Research on Big Data-related projects and also taught at UC Berkeley on Social Computing-related courses.

Prof. Lei Jin is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her PhD at the University of Chicago and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Program at Harvard University. Her research interests include social disparities in health and well-being, health lifestyle, healthcare policy and healthcare professions. Her work has appeared in prestigious international journals such as Demography, Social Science Research, Social Science and Medicine and American Behavioral Scientist. Prof. Jin’s current projects examines the following topics: 1) social disparities in health lifestyle in transitional China; 2) psychological well-being and power perception in different social and political contexts across the world; and 3) professionalization and professionalism among physicians in China’s public hospitals.

Prof. Kwok is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests lie primarily in historical linguistics, contact linguistics, Chinese dialectology (Yue, Hakka and Min in particular) and classical Chinese philology, with recent attention being paid to language interactions in eastern Guangdong and Guangxi.


He is the author of more than 50 journal articles and book chapters, including 'Reconstructing the development of the aspect marker te "to acquire" in Southwestern Yue: a missing link between Yue and Hakka', Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale 45.1 (2016): 71-104; 'Grammatical diversity across the Yue dialects', Journal of Chinese Linguistics 44.1 (2016): 109-152; and 'Poly-functionality of the preverbal "acquire" in Nanning Yue dialect of Chinese: an areal perspective', Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 74.1 (2011): 119-137.


Outside the University, he was a member of the executive committee of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (2014-16), and Newsletter Editor (2008-11) as well as Communication Officer (2012-13) of the LinguisticSociety of Hong Kong.

Dr. Francisca Yuen-ki LAI

Francisca Yuen-ki Lai was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include the areas of transnational studies, Asian migrant workers, citizenship, gender, and LGBT studies. She is the author of a book chapter in Women’s Sexualities and Masculinities in a Globalizing Asia (2007). Her “Tomboi (Indonesia)” will be published in the International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality (2015). The International Migration Review is presently considering her article for publication. This article investigates how international labor migration provides unintended opportunities for migrant domestic workers to reassess their sexual (queer) desires.

Prof. Lam is an assistant professor of anthropological archaeology working in mainland China. His research currently focuses on the economic system and social development during the Bronze Age and Han Empire. His research incorporates interests in various archaeological techniques including metallurgy, zooarchaeology and GIS (Geographic Information System) to study the craft production and exchange network during one of the most critical periods in Chinese history. He has conducted archaeological research in Shaanxi to investigate the ancient iron economy in the Han capital area since 2011. New research is focused on the Han exchange network in provincial centers and imperial expansion of the Han dynasty. Current research and writing projects focus on the social development in Early China including: the change of craft production system and iron technology, the anthropology of commodities, interregional interaction, cultural transmission, and the market system of food. His research interest include: archaeology, metallurgy, zooarchaeology, GIS in archaeology, development of metal technology in China, history of material culture and art in ancient China, craft production, gender archaeology, commodities and economic anthropology.

Prof. Lau is a Research Professor of Geography and Resource Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He previously served as the lead scientist of the Climate Diagnostics Project at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He was concurrently a Lecturer with the rank of Professor at the Department of Geosciences and Program of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at Princeton University.


Prof. Lau was born in Hong Kong and spent his youth in this city. He majored in physics at United College, CUHK, and received the B.Sc. degree in 1974. He proceeded to pursue graduate studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, and received the Ph.D. degree in atmospheric sciences in 1978. He then went to Princeton and was associated with the research and teaching programs at GFDL throughout the 1978-2013 period.


He has authored or coauthored over 100 publications in various scientific journals, and has been designated as a Highly Cited Researcher by the ISI Web of Knowledge. He was a contributing author of the Fourth Assessment Report, and a lead author of the Fifth Assessment Report, of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was recognized by the Nobel Peace Prize (2007).

Dr. LAU Ying Chui Janice

Janice Lau joined the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care (SPHPC) as a Postdoctoral Fellow, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) since 2016. She received her doctorate degree in Public Health from SCPHPC of CUHK in 2015. She had also been trained in anthropology with a completion of dual degrees of MA and MPhil at the Department of Anthropology of CUHK with specialization in cultural anthropology (2004-2007). Her research interests include the areas of health decision-making behavior in motherhood; the phenomenon of care and active aging framed within intergenerational relations; and end-of-life care decision-making and meaning-making. She also focuses on advancing research methods in the field of public health through ethnography, and empirical research with an emphasis of cultural analyses on health experiences. She was awarded the CUHK-Leeds PhD Student Exchange Programme (2014-15), serving as a visiting fellow at the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds.

Janice Lau is also certified as a sex therapist by the Florida Postgraduate Sex Therapy Training Institute, and had been serving as an Education Officer of The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong between 2008 and 2012, with an extensive experience to deliver public talks and community programs, with the aim to disseminate taboo-free education for the improvement of sexual and reproductive health with the local communities including the ethnic minority groups.

Dr. Lee is a Professional Consultant in the Department of Geography and Resource Management (GRM) and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Environmental Policy and Resource Management (CEPRM), the Chinese University of Hong Kong. As a researcher, her research interests are urban (re)development process, urban planning and social justice in urban (re)development. As a planner, Dr Joanna Lee has extensive experiences in a wide range of development projects which are comprehensive in scope and multi-disciplinary in nature. She has many experiences in undertaking planning study, social impact assessments, focused group meetings, multi-stakeholders’ workshops and in-depth interviews for both public and private sectors.

Isaac Leung is an Assistant Professor of the BA Programme in Cultural Management, a practicing artist, curator, and scholar in art and culture. 


In 2003, Leung received an Honorary Fellowship of a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the New Media Art Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since then, his works have been exhibited in over 30 venues across the globe, including Zolla/Lieberman Gallery (USA), Para Site (Hong Kong), Videotage (Hong Kong), Connecting Space (Hong Kong), MOCA (Shanghai), and Venice Biennale of Architecture (Italy). Leung’s works are centered on critical issues concerning technology and social media, and they have been featured on National Public Radio (USA), and in Agence France-Presse (France), Chicago Tribune (USA), NY Arts Magazine (USA), Chicago Readers (USA) and the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). 


In 2013, Leung was appointed as the Chairman of Videotage. During his tenure, he initiated and participated in projects that included exhibitions, workshops, lectures, publications, online projects, and symposia. Some of these include 40 Years of Video Art in Germany and Hong Kong (Hong Kong and Germany), The 12th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition (Italy and Hong Kong), Perpetual Art Machine (USA), Time Test – International Video Art Research Exhibition (China), ISEA Festival (Hong Kong, China), Both Sides Now (Hong Kong, UK, and various countries), Loop Barcelona (Spain), One World Exposition (Hong Kong), China Remixed (USA), Clockenflap (Hong Kong), and Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative (Hong Kong). In recent years, Leung has been active in promoting international exchanges of video and media arts. He is also a staunch supporter of exploring new models for interdisciplinary collaboration and creative entrepreneurship. In addition to his contributions to Videotage, Leung has also served as advisor and assessor for diverse international institutions, previous services include projects presented by Home Affairs Bureau (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Arts Development Council (Hong Kong), and Prix Ars Electronica (Austria). 


In the same year of 2013, Leung received his PhD degree, specializing in the contemporary Chinese art market. Leung has given lectures at several prominent conferences, including Transmediale (Germany), International Arts Leadership Roundtable 2016 (Hong Kong), Art Basel Salon (Hong Kong), and ARCO Contemporary Art Fair (Spain). Leung has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Baptist University, the City University of Hong Kong, the Education University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prof. Leung is a Research Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and appointed as Professor in the CUHK-BGI Innovation Institution of Trans-omics in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently the Associate Director of IOFC. He was Chairman of the Department from Aug 1999 to July 2005 and the Head of Graduate Division of Computer Science between 1992 and 1997. He worked as a senior engineer and system analyst at ERA Technology and the Headquarters computer centre of Central Electricity Generating Board respectively in England for five years before joining CUHK in 1985. He has gained extensive experiences in project management and the development of large scale software for research and simulation purposes.


Prof. Leung received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of London in 1977 and 1980 respectively. He was nominated to be the 17th Distinguished Fellow of Hong Kong Computer Society in 2000. He was one of the founder members and the Chairman of ACM Hong Kong. He contributed significantly in setting up the Engineering Faculty. He served as a member of the Engineering Panel of the RGC of the University Grant Committee for 5 years (94-99). Prof. Leung is member of Editorial Board for Fuzzy Sets and Systems and other journals. He has served as chairman and member of numerous international conference organizing and programme committees. He was a member of the University's Research Committee and the Convener of Engineering Panel (96-00). He has authored and co-authored over 350 publications with an average impact factor of 2.24 for the top 100 Journal papers and 4 books. His research interests are in the areas of knowledge engineering, bioinformatics, genetic algorithms and programming, GIS, fuzzy logic applications, and AI architecture.

Prof. Leung is an Assistant Professor of Wake Forest Economics Department. He is an economist with a research interest in the Hong Kong housing market. In particular, he is interested in using state-of-the-art econometrics tools to understand the housing demands in Hong Kong. His recent research include analysis of the magnitude of cognitive biases (e.g. anchoring and loss aversion) in the housing market, impact of existence of public housing on private housing, and implications of non-linearity in stamp duty schedule on housing demands.

Prof. Leung Yee is the Emeritus Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management. He has done significant research in the probability approach to uncertainty analysis in general and uncertainty propagation in geographical information systems in particular. He pioneers research in geographical analysis under fuzziness, and generalizes uncertainty analysis to various types of uncertainty using Prof. Leung Yee rough set theory, possibility theory, and theory of evidence. He also engages in novel research in intelligent spatial decision support systems, and spatial data mining and knowledge discovery. He has done research on multi-objective urban land use allocation, optimal transportation route planning in high density living, communication networks, urban hierarchy, remote-sensing urbanization, and water pollution in tidal river network of the Pearl River Delta. In recent years, he is interested in studying climate change and human response, particularly on cities resilience. He has published 6 research monographs, 2 edited books, and over 180 refereed papers in journals, encyclopedias, and book chapters. His landmark publications are: Knowledge Discovery in Spatial Data, Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2010, 360 pages; Intelligent Spatial Decision Support Systems, Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1997, 470 pages; and Spatial Analysis and Planning under Imprecision, Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1988, 376 pages.

Victor, Jing LI is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and Resource Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Trained as a mathematician and economist, Victor's research interest includes housing economics, urban studies and sustainable development. His work appeared in journals and think tanks such as Urban Studies, Environment and Planning B, Habitat International, Journal of Urban Planning and Development, Energy Policy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Cities, and ADB Institute. His current research projects include urbanization and regional disparity, and cohort analysis of housing price and tenure choice.

Prof. Liao joined the Graduate Institute of Urban Planning, National Taipei University as Associate Professor. Before that, Prof. Liao was an Assistant Professor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who affiliated with the School of Architecture and the Urban Studies Programme. Before joining CUHK, she spent one and a half years as assistant professor with the National University of Singapore. She received her Ph.D. in Built Environment from the University of Washington, Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the National Taiwan University. Her general research interest lies in urban sustainability, urban ecology, and urban resilience. Currently she focuses on flood resilience and adaptation, as well as urban river restoration, to address the issue of how design and planning can respond to increasing environmental dynamics in the era of climate change.

Prof. Maing is is a Professor in the Department of Architecture in Hanyang University. Her main areas of specialization are performance-based building design, design-technology integration, sustainability, building envelope, building systems and urban planning. She directs research in areas of building design on urban thermal environment, building information modeling (BIM) integration with performance decision-making process, workflow analysis, sustainable housing design and building envelope fabrication technologies. She is interested in informed design decision-making that addressed urban climate issues and strives for sustainable urban planning. Prior to joining CUHK in August 2012, Prof. Maing taught at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and practiced in both architecture design and engineering firms throughout USA and Korea. She has served as building envelope design expert on several large construction projects in USA. She holds degrees from Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and University of Pennsylvania. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in State of California, USA.

Prof. Mak has a strong interest in bridging computing and emerging applications. His work is mostly interdisciplinary in nature. He designs machines to be executed in different environments, and aims to achieve reliable, efficient and sustainable performances. Terrence has pioneered a spectrum of novel methodologies, coined the notion of dynamic programming network, to re-engineer on-chip network dynamics, and to enable unprecedented autonomy and adaptability. His new approach supersedes previous methods and significantly enhances network reliability. This on-going work has been successful, and has led to multiple IEEE/ACM Transactions publications and the Best Paper Award at one of the top international conferences, DATE’2011. He is currently asking the question - “how to make better use of computing for cities, in order to provide a better quality of life”. Especially, he aims to focus on geographical and smart computing applications, which can become the foundation of future cities. He has published over 80 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, international conferences and book chapters. He did his PhD at Imperial College London, was a visiting researcher working at Health Science and Technology, MIT, and Sun/Oracle Labs at Menlo Park. He was awarded the Croucher Foundation Scholarship, the US Navel Research Excellence in Neuroengineering Award and Royal Society International Travel Award.

Prof. Mak is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also an Associate Professor (by courtesy) of the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, CUHK. She is a clinical psychologist with a community focus. Her research interests are in the areas of stigma and well-being of social minorities, personal recovery of people with mental illness, mindfulness, and mental health promotion. She is keen in promoting social inclusion and reducing stigma of people with a range of mental and physical health conditions and other minority statuses. Recently, she applies internet and other mobile technologies in the delivery of mental health promotion programs to the general public with the aim to disseminate evidence-based programs for the improvement of overall well-being in the community.


Diversity and Well-Being Laboratory: www.psy.cuhk.edu.hk/maklab

Prof. Ng is a professional Architect, Town Planner and Urban Designer. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the planning, design, construction and project management of high-density housing and redevelopment projects. Awards of excellence were won by a number of these projects covering Architecture, Planning, Urban Design, Research and Green Building Design. He has presented extensively in international and local conferences on sustainable communities, microclimate, high-density housing and community development.


Currently, Professor Ng is a Director of the Hong Kong Green Building Council, the Chairman of its Green Labelling Committee, the Chairperson of BEAM Society Limited, Honorary Secretary and Director of the Professional Green Building Council, and Founding and Council Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design. He is an Honorary Professor of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, the University of Hong Kong, and Adjunct Professor of the School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the advisor and member of a number of government committees and NGOs, and an active volunteer in community development, sustainable built environment, green building and post-quake reconstruction.

Prof. Ng is Vice-Chairman of the Department of Geography and Resource Management, the Director of the Urban Studies Programme, Associate Director of the Institute of Future Cities and the Hong Kong Institute of Asian Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners and academic advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design. She has completed over 20 research projects and published widely on planning, governance and sustainability issues in Pacific Asia. Her publications have earned her six Hong Kong Institute of Planners’ Awards. She has delivered over 20 international speeches and 55 local presentations, including four public lectures in the Central Library. At the international level, she has been consultant to the United Nations, the European Union and the Municipal Government of Shenzhen. She is an associate editor for the Current Research on Cities supplement section of the Elsevier Ltd journal “Cities” and a member of the editorial board of Town Planning Review, Planning Theory and Practice, DisP—The Planning Review and City, Culture and Society, and Business Strategy and the Environment.

Prof. Ng is an Architect and Yao Ling Sun Professor of Architecture in the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He obtained his PhD from Cambridge University. He had worked as an architect before becoming a professor. His specialty is in Green Building, Environmental and Sustainable Design and in Urban Climatology for City Planning. At CUHK, he is the Director of the M.Sc. Sustainable and Environmental Design Programme, the Associate Director of the Institute of Future Cities (IOFC) and the Team Leader of Urban Sustainability and Public Health in the Institute of Energy, Environment and Sustainability (IEES). As an environmental consultant to the Hong Kong SAR Government, Edward developed the performance based daylight design practice note; the Air Ventilation Assessment (AVA) Technical Guidelines; and the Urban Climatic Maps for City Planning for the HKSAR Govt. He is now working with governments and agencies in Singapore, Macau, as well as a number of Chinese cities on the same. Among many of his research interests, he is collaborating with public health colleagues to investigate the impact of city design and climate change on urban living. Prof. Ng has published over 400 papers and reports, including 3 books. He has twice received the International Award from of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), he has also twice been given the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Jury Commendation for Innovation Award. He was the recipient of the Red Cross Humanitarian 2010 Award. He was named one of the Asian of the Year by Reader's Digest in 2011.

Prof. O’Connor is Research Assistant Professor of the Lingnan University. There he has taught courses on Islam, ethnicity, globalization, anthropology of the body, and world religions when he was an Ajunct Assistant Professor in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Originally from the UK Paul received his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Queensland on the subject of the “Everyday Hybridity of Hong Kong’s Muslim youth”. He is author of “Islam in Hong Kong: Muslims and Everyday Life in China’s World City”, with Hong Kong University Press. Paul’s research looks specifically at ethnic and religious minorities in Hong Kong. Recent work has included an exploration of Hong Kong Muslims on the pilgrimage to Mecca. Paul is also engaged in ethnographic work with skateboarders in Hong Kong and is interested in the ludic use of city space and embodiment.

Prof. Ren is an Associate Professor in Faculty of Architecture, The University f Hong Kong. She studied Architecture and obtained her BA from Department of Architecture of Xian Jiaotong University in 2005. She came to CUHK in 2006 and got her PhD in 2010. Her research interest is Sustainable Urban and Environmental Design and Urban Climatic Application in Urban Planning. She has involved in several governmental research projects, such as “(Hong Kong) Urban Climatic Map and Standards for Wind Environment – Feasibility Study”, “Eco-Planning for Kaohsiung, Taiwan by Using Urban Climatic Map”, “Macau Urban Climatic Map Study ”, “Arnhem Urban Climatic Map” and “The Study of Plan and Management of Wuhan Urban Air Path” . She is a registered BEAM Pro and was the Deputy Director of the M.Sc. Sustainable and Environmental Design Programme at CUHK until 2016.

Prof. Shen is Professor and former Chairman of the Department of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK); Director of Research Centre for Urban and Regional Development, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, CUHK. He is a Member of Steering Committee, Urban China Research Network; Deputy Director of Specialty Committee on Population Geography, Geographical Association of China; Vice-Chair of the Commission on Population Geography, International Geographical Union, and an Non-official Member, The Steering Committee on Population Policy, The HKSAR Government. He also serves in the Editorial Boards of China Review, Population, Space and Place, GeoJournal, Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, Asian Geographer, and Journal of Subtropical Environment and Resources. His research interests focus on migration, urbanization, urban and regional development/governance in China. He is the co-editor of China review 2000 (2000), Resource management, urbanization and governance in Hong Kong and the Zhujiang Delta (2002), Developing China's west (2004), and The Pan-Pearl River Delta: An emerging regional economy in a globalizing China (2008). He has contributed to many international journals such as The Professional Geographer, Urban Geography, Population, Space and Place, Regional Studies, Habitat International, Geoforum, Cities, Environment and Planning A, Geographical Journal and Progress in Planning.

Prof. Song is Assistant Professor of the Gender Studies Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She got her BA and MA in sociology at Peking University (China) and then an MA and PhD in sociology at Brown University (USA). Prof. Song studies gender and family issues with a focus on work and employment. She also studies how market transition in China has reshaped men and women's lives, including the impacts of land development, urbanization and relocation. Her recent research cover topics of gender, self-employment, entrepreneurship and migration.

Prof. Suen (D.Phil. in Sociology, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford) is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, and Associate Director of the Gender Research Centre, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prof. Suen is the Founding Director of the Sexualities Research Programme, the first research programme in Hong Kong dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexuality issues, with a particular focus on sexual orientation, gender identity, law and social policy. He was the Principal Investigator of the 'Study on Legislation against Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status' commissioned by the Equal Opportunities Commission, an independent statutory body of the Hong Kong government. The research has been reported in almost all local media outlets, submitted by the Equal Opportunities Commission to the major relevant government units, including the Chief Executive of the HKSAR and Chief Secretary for Administration as well as all members of the Legislative Council.The research has been recognized as having 'made a significant effort to engage those who have strong concerns on LGBT equality', and for the research the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Gender Research Centre were awarded the Community Business LGBT Advocacy Award 2016 which recognises an individual /organisation that has advocated for legal and/or social change and progress around LGBT inclusion in Hong Kong.

Siumi Maria Tam is Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Anthropology, was the Co-Director of Gender Studies Programme, and Associate Head of New Asia College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include cultural identity in social transformation, focusing on family and migration, gender and ethnic relations, and food culture. After a pioneering study on mistress-keeping across the Hong Kong-China border, she is currently studying minoritization and empowerment among South Asian communities in Hong Kong, and exploring intersections of advocacy and academic research. Edited books include Hong Kong: The Anthropology of a Chinese Metropolis (Curzon, 1997), Tung Chung before and after the New Airport: An Ethnographic and Historical Study of a Community in Hong Kong (2005), and Gender and Family in East Asia (Routledge, 2014).

Wai Ping Tam is Associate Professor of the Department of Fine Arts in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include contemporary photography, text and image, public art, land art and contemporary Asian art. He is a practicing artist and an independent curator, also the chairman and publisher of ArtMap, Art Plus, am post, artmap express and Hong Kong Gallery Guide in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. He serves as a Museum Expert Advisor and Member of the Art Museum Advisory Panel, Home Affairs Bureau, HKSAR. Tam has participated various exhibitions such as “M+: Inflation” in 2013, “Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2006”, “Kaoshiung International Container Arts Festival, 2001”, “Simply Reality Spells” – Exhibition of Chinese Conceptual Photography since 90’s, China, Taiwan & Hong Kong”, and his works has been exhibited in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Macau, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Australia, United Kingdom, France and USA.

Wai-Man TANG is Lecturer of Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his doctoral degree in anthropology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 2013. His doctoral thesis is on the relationships between heroin use and transnational migration among the second and third generations of Nepalis in Hong Kong. His current research is on South Asian sports, kabaddi, with the focus on its transmission, adoption and adaptation in different cultures. His research has been published in International Journal of Drug Policy, Substance Use & Misuse, Journal of Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, and Studies in Nepali History and Society.

Hendrik TIEBEN is an Architect, Urban Designer and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). At CUHK, he serves as the Director of the Master of Science in Urban Design and Assistant Director of the BSSc in Urban Studies programme. In his research, Prof Tieben investigates the transformation of urban forms and public spaces in Hong Kong, Macau and the Pearl River Delta. Since 2013, he developed in collaboration with Anthony Fung of the School of Journalism and Communication at CUHK the community and placemaking project Magic Carpet (magiccarpet.hk). Hendrik Tieben is a registered architect in Germany as well as a Founding Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design. As an executive board member of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) he organized the 10th IFoU Conference The Entrepreneurial City at CUHK in 2017. Prof Tieben also serves as an editorial and scientific board member of the ICE Journal Urban Design and Planning, and the Journal of Public Space, respectively. With the Italian NGO City Space Architecture he co-organized events at Habitat III in Quito (2016) and the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur (2018). Currently he is the consultant for the community design project Magic Lanes of Caritas Hong Kong in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong. Prof Tieben’s latest publication is the book: Magic Carpet – Towards Community Benefit Plans for Urban Regeneration in Taipei and Hong Kong, which he co-authored with Prof Min Jay Kang of the National Taiwan University. At the Institute of Future Cities, Hendrik Tieben is a member of the Centre of Community and Place Governance.

Yuying Tong, born in Mainland China, received her PhD degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now is an associate professor in Department of Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also the director for Centre of Chinese Family Studies (CCFS) in Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies and Assistant Dean (Research) in Faculty of Social Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her main research interest areas include migration and immigration, gender, family and life course. She has published in the mainstream sociology and population journals such as American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Science Research and Demography. Her current on-going research topics include following aspects. 1). Integration of immigrants/migrants in the host society. She has examined migrants or immigrants’ integration in both internal and international migration contexts. 2). Consequences of rural to urban migration to rural sending communities, in which she has examined migration and the gender implication in household livelihood strategy and economic outcome as well as left-behind persons’, including both adults and children’s well-being. 3). the third area is family and life course transition, in which she has studied family transition in China and other East-Asia area.

Prof. Shelly Tse heads the Division of the Occupational and Environmental Health of the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care of the Chinese University of Hong Kong since August 2014. She obtained her PhD degree in 2003 and received further training in the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health of USA (NCI/NIH). Now, she is the Visiting Professor of Nanjing Medical University, Honorary Advisor (FM/GOPC KCC) of Hospital Authority of Hong Kong, Advisor of Clinical Epidemiology of Hong Kong Medical Journal, Academic member of the Chinese Society of Occupational Epidemiology, and Board member of Safety Advisory Committee – Environmental Hygiene, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Prof. Tse’s major research interest is in the area of occupational and environmental cancer etiology, in particular the cancers of lungs, breast and prostate. Currently, she is the principal investigator of an ongoing project funded by the NCI/NIH and the Research Grant Council (HK) about female breast cancer, two NSFC-funded projects about nightshift cohort in China. Prof. Tse has around 100 research publications and her representative research papers were published in Environmental Health Perspectives, Annals of Oncology, and American Journal of Epidemiology.

Wong Lai-moy, Carman received her Bachelor and Master degrees from University of North Texas, Texas, the United States. She is currently a registered social worker, approved counselling supervisor, and certified trainer of nonviolent crisis intervention. 

Wong Lai-moy, Carman has been working as a Lecturer in Social Work Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Coming from the training background of Social Work and Counseling from the universities in Hong Kong and the United States, thus with strong commitments and practical experiences in mental health and counseling work, she has been providing clinical supervisions in different service settings like rehabilitation, medical, social services and specialization in the mental health field. 

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Prof. Wong received his B.Sc. and M.Phil. degrees from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1987 and 1989 respectively. He then went to University of California at Santa Barbara, where he got the Ph.D. degree in 1993. Prof. Wong joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong in August 1993.


He has been working on the areas of high-dimensional data processing, sequence data indexing and distributed algorithms for mobile network. High-dimensional data processing and sequence data indexing are important techniques for retrieving information from a large scale geographical information system. The distributed algorithms developed for mobile network can be used in collecting, disseminating, and processing information in such a system. In the last few years, he has also participated in developing a large scale geographical information system for typhoon analysis.


His research interests include sequence databases, transaction management, mobile databases, data replication, distributed systems and bio-informatics.

Prof. Wong, an AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy) Approved Supervisor, is the Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. After graduating with a BSocSc in 1983 and gaining Registered Social Worker status in Hong Kong in 1997, she acquired Approved Supervisor of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in 2005 and Clinical-teacher Member of American Family Therapy Academy in 2009. These are two of the most highly internationally recognized qualifications for professional practice and clinical training in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.


Prof. Wong has been conducting training and delivering supervision courses in the field of marriage and family therapy for universities, hospitals, and social work agencies since 2000 in mainland China, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong. She also has many years of direct practice experience, especially in the mental health field. Her expertise is primarily in the area of family therapy training, clinical supervision, children and adolescent family, mental health, parental mental illness, and families living with dementia.

Sharon Wai-yee Wong is the Assistant Professor of the Department of Anthropology in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include historical archaeology, museology, China-Southeast Asian cultures and intangible cultural heritage. She was trained in archaeology and awarded her PhD on Southeast Asian archaeology and cultures in National University of Singapore and her M.A. from the School of Archaeology and Museology in Peking University, China. She has also been a research consultant on Hong Kong archaeological finds and guest trainer on public archaeology programs in the Antiquities and Monuments Office for several years. She is currently working on research projects in Chinese archaeological evidence in Angkor, Cambodia and the Southeast Asian archaeological evidence in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island. She is also the principle investigator of an intangible cultural heritage project on Hong Kong traditional ceramic crafts funded by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, HKSAR. She is the author of several publications including Kaogu (Archaeology), Bulletin of Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, and co-editor of Chinese Westward: Bibliography and Research Guide: Chinese Porcelain and East-West Maritime Trade, 12th to 15th C, and museum exhibition catalogues in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Professor WOO Kam Sang received his MB BS from the University of Hong Kong in 1968, Master of Medicine from the University of Singapore in 1973, and his MD from the University of Hong Kong in 1989. He was the professor of Medicine and Therapeutics and consultant cardiologist in 2002-2007, and currently the adjunct professor of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prof. WOO was the vice-chairman of the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the World Heart Federation and editorial board member of many cardiovascular or medical journals. He served as the chairman of the Examination Committee and council member of the Hong Kong College of Cardiology and chairman of the Specialty Board in Cardiology of the Hong Kong College of Physicians.

Professor WOO has been actively involved in clinical practice, teaching and research in cardiovascular medicine for over 38 years. He has published over 170 scientific papers in peer-reviewed medical journals and book chapters. The identification of early subclinical atherosclerosis is his main recent focus. With this, his team has successfully completed a landmark multicentre "Chinese Atherosclerosis in the Aged and Young (CATHAY)" project studying systematically the impact of modernization and economic transition on atherosclerosis in mainland and overseas Chinese, the impact of obesity in children in Hong Kong and the prevention of atherosclerosis in passive smoking in Macao casinos.

Prof. Wu received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University, New York. She is currently working on two book projects. One examines the alliances among capitalist values, socialist legacy and folk cultural practices in contemporary Yan’an, China. Another investigates a scavenger community and the cultural economy of waste in Beijing, China. Her research interests include cultural modernity, gender, subjectivity, folk culture, popular religion, migrants, rural-urban divide and state-society relationship. She is also interested in post-colonial politics, civil society, identity and social change in Hong Kong.

Prof. Xu is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management and Associate Dean (Education) of the Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her main areas of specialization are urban and regional development and planning. She has been directing research projects in intercity competition and cooperation, urban and regional governance, urban planning system, mega-city development, changing state function in transitional societies. Professor Xu was a former planning practitioner in an international consultation firm, working in China and Canada. She has published in top international journals such as Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, The China Quarterly, Environment and Planning A, Environment and Planning C, and Town Planning Review. She is the coauthor of the award-winning book Urban Development in Post-Reform China: State, Market and Space (2007, Routledge, with F Wu and Anthony G.O. Yeh), and the editor of a volume Governance and Planning of Mega-City Regions: An International Comparative Perspective (2011, Routledge). She is the recipient of 2008 Research Output Prize of the University of Hong Kong, and 2012 Research Excellence Award of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prof. Yuan Xu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management and the leader of Environmental Policy and Governance Programme in the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on China’s energy and environmental policy enforcement and compliance from the perspectives of pollution mitigation and industrial and technological development. Before joining CUHK in August 2010, he received a Ph.D. degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University and conducted postdoctoral training at the Industrial Performance Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in atmospheric sciences and a B.A. degree in economics, all from Peking University.

Prof. Yim is an Associate Professor of the Department of Geography and Resource Management, CUHK. Prof. Yim’s research aims to advance knowledge of the environmental impacts due to urban heat and air pollutant emissions, and to formulate mitigation measures to address these impacts. His current works focus on developing multi-scale model systems to simulate heat island effect, air ventilation and air pollution in urban areas, understanding micro-climate and air quality in street-canyons by measurement approaches, and studying the relationships between climate, air quality and land use through numerical modelling and statistical approaches. He is also a Research Affiliate of Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Visiting Research Fellow of Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology.


Areas of interest: urban air quality; urban climatology; coupling effects of climate and air quality

Dr. Yiu was one of the Associate Directors of the Institute of Future Cities (2014-16), and Associate Professor of the Department of Geography and Resource Management (2014-16), the Chinese University of Hong Kong. By profession, Dr. Yiu is a chartered Surveyor, and is an active researcher in real estate economics and finance. He was an appointed member of the Advisory Committee on Barrier Free Access of Buildings Department, HKSAR Government. His column “Real Estate Economist” at Headline Daily discusses land resource and housing policy of Hong Kong.


He got a Faculty Research Award in 2006, a Faculty Best Teaching Award in 2003, and the Champion of the HKEJ Research Competition in 1997. He has published housing research papers in international peer reviewed journals, including Regional Science and Urban Economics, Urban Studies, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and Housing Studies, etc. His research interests include housing choices, housing policy, land resource, and real estate economics and finance.

Prof. ZHONG Hua (Sara) is an Associate Professor, the current director of Gender Studies Programme and vice chair of Department of Sociology in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also the Honorary Research Fellow of Hong Kong Police College. In 2005, Prof. ZHONG obtained her PhD from Crime, Law and Justice Program, Department of Sociology, Pennsylvania State University. She was a visiting scholar in Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge and Department of Sociology, Australian National University. Her research interests include social development and crime trends, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, gender and crime, migration and crime, and criminal justice. She has authored articles on the above topics in Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Journal of Criminal Justice and other world renowned scholarly journals. Prof. ZHONG is the elected board member of the Association of Chinese Criminology and Criminal Justice in the US and the vice president of Asian Criminological Society. Currently she is working on projects related to urban homicides and cybercrime.

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Prof. Zhou received her PhD in social welfare from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests are social policy and nonprofit organizations, community development, and service provision to at risk and marginalized groups. She has finished several projects on grassroots organizations and volunteerism, including:

  • Gender, Motivations, and the Service Learning Experience: An Explorative Study, CUHK Direct Grant, 01/06/2012-31/12/2013

  • From Doing Good for Fun to Doing Good Professionally - Exploring the Professionalization Process of Grassroots Philanthropic Organization in Southeast China, The South China Programme,

  • Exploring the Experiences of Volunteer Teachers in Rural China, 06/01/2009-08/31/2009, GAPSA-Provost Research Award, University of Pennsylvania

  • The Role of NGOs in Promoting Rural Education in China, 01/06/2009-31/12/2009, Council of Alumni for Social Enterprise

Currently, she is the principal investigator for the following projects:

  • Gender, Motivations, and the Service Learning Experience: An Explorative Study, CUHK Direct Grant, 01/06/2012-31/12/2013

  • From Doing Good for Fun to Doing Good Professionally - Exploring the Professionalization Process of Grassroots Philanthropic Organization in Southeast China, The South China Programme,

  • Grassroots Philanthropic Tourism in Rural China: The Organizations, The Tourists, The Rural Community, and Civil Society Development, RGC-ECS

  • Grassroots philanthropic organizations in China: Entrepreneurship as a process, CUHK Direct Grant

Prof. Zhou has received that Emerging Scholar Award from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (11/2010)