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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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Dr Bente Castro Campos is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Agricultural Policy and Market Research at Justus Liebig University in Giessen. Prior to her work in Giessen, Dr Castro gained research experience as a post-doc at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Kiel University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She completed her doctorate in agricultural sciences at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and conducted research at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) as part of her PhD. She sees herself as a social scientist and has 10 years of interdisciplinary research experience in agricultural sciences, sociology and anthropology. The aim of her research is to contribute to a better understanding and mitigation of agri-environmental problems and social conflicts. In particular, the extension of quantitative with qualitative methods such as grounded theory, visual methods and art to better understand the different opinions of stakeholders and develop possible (speculative) solutions plays a crucial role in her research. You may email her at: 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. 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 Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the City University of Hong Kong. His research interests include contentious politics, political sociology, public opinion, Hong Kong politics, and Global China. 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 and an adjunct associate professor at Urban Studies Programme (URSP), Department of Geography and Resource Management (GRMD), CUHK. Recently, she has launched TimeBank THE GAME, a 6 week alternative reality game situated in both virtual and the real worlds, designed to motivate 100 players to repair our environments with actions and verbs, skills and grounded knowledge, connecting players to become an interdependent blockchain of kindness for the planet. 

She was Beck’s New Contemporaries in the U.K. and UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate awarded by UNESCO’s International Fund for the Promotion of Culture in 2004, represented Hong Kong in the 52th Venice Biennale and received the Outstanding Young Artist Award (Visual Arts) from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2007.

She has exhibited in over 40 exhibitions locally and abroad since 1997, notable projects include 72 hours sound and vision made in HK between 30.6-2.7.1997 – where she blind-folded herself for 3 days guided only by audio-visual description of others to help her ‘witness’ the political transition; Ashes Unto Pearls – a sound installation with 188 speakers simultaneously broadcast random citizens’ ultimate questions; Face Machine – a robotic installation with an mechanical arm testing elderly’s faces and their haunting memories on and off to a faceless infant body; Toy Tank – an interactive shooting sculpture virtually made to destroy all artworks in the exhibition; $ on China – fungshui project to materialize a “dollar-form" building on a “China” shaped island to ensure business prosperity; Hankie Bank – an immersive performance of banking that enabled transaction of anything valuable, except money. Since 2021, she has been awarded an art and environment grant to create an alternative reality game to foster ecological intelligence for 100 young people to achieve the UN's sustainable development goals in Hong Kong.


Sidney C. H. CHEUNG is Professor of the Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He got his PhD in Osaka University on the study of cultural relations between Ainu people and Japanese. His forthcoming book is Hong Kong Foodways (HKU Press), and he co-edited and 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) and Rethinking Asian Food Heritage (Foundation of Chinese Dietary Culture in Taipei, 2015); also, he is General Editor of the forthcoming Berkshire Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines (Berkshire and Oxford U. Press).

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Donna Chu is 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, CUHK, and a graduate of the University of Cambridge. Thomas specializes in regenerative conservation, and his internationally recognized multiple award-wining projects Value Farm (2013) and Floating Fields (2015) fuse ecological design, productive landscape with socially innovative public space. Since 2008, Thomas has been active in curating, exhibiting and steering the HK-SZ Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB). At the Venice International Architecture Biennale, Thomas exhibited in 2010 and 2014 and co-curated the 2018 Hong Kong Exhibition “Vertical Fabric”. His current research is driven by the regenerative approach to include projects on countryside conservation, village revitalization and co-design for well-being. 

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Prof. Dernie is an architect and academic whose work focuses on the practice of drawing and the questions of materials, colour and representation in architecture. He has a deep interest in the natural environment and founded international network “Latitudes” in 2014, engaging future generations with the challenges of designing for climate change.


A graduate of the University of Cambridge with a starred distinction (1988), Prof. Dernie was twice a Rome Scholar in Architecture (1991-93) and elected a Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge (1999). Previously Head of Manchester and Leicester Schools of Architecture, he became Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Westminster in 2012. Over the years, he has lectured and published widely, and exhibited his drawings and paintings internationally.

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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, 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.

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Inge Goudsmit is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She is teaching and conducting research in architecture and urban design with a focus on urban politics. Inge is an architect and urban designer with 17 years of experience in practice. Before joining CUHK, she was an Associate at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), where she designed and expedited prestigious urban projects across multiple scales in all development phases in Asia and Europe. Among them is the Taipei Performing Arts Centre, a project she worked on since 2009 in close collaboration with Rem Koolhaas and completed in 2022.

Inge’s research interests are situated at the boundary between Architecture and Social Sciences, focusing on the influence of transnational and local forces on the production and appropriation of architecture. She concentrates her research on cultural flagship developments and analyses their socio-spatial impact before, during and after the construction. At CUHK, Inge promotes bridging the gap between academia and practice to create an interdisciplinary understanding of the power relations in contemporary architecture and urbanism.

A registered architect in the Netherlands, Inge holds a Master’s degree in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences from the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands, as well as a Master’s in Urban Management from the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong. Inge is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) within the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR).

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Sylvia He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Her research interests include transport planning and policy, travel behavior, transit-oriented development, electric vehicle, new towns, resource-based cities and urban studies. She is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) and Transportation Research Part D, Associate Editor of Travel Behaviour and Society and Asian Transport Studies. Her publications have appeared in leading urban planning and transportation journals. She is Board Member of the International Association for China Planning (IACP), the World Society for Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR), and the Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies (HKSTS). In 2021, Sylvia was elected as Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (RSA). She holds a PhD in Policy, Planning and Development from the School of Public Policy at University of Southern California, where she was awarded the John Dyckman Award for Best Dissertation in Planning. Before joining CUHK, she worked as a Postdoc Fellow at the Technical University of Munich.

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Mantian (Mandy) Hu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Director of Centre for Consumer Insights. 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.


Jerome Hui is the Associate Professor at The School of Life Sciences. He is also the Director of Biology Programme, and members of Cell and Molecular Biology Programme, Environmental Science Programme, and Molecular Biotechnology Programme. He received his DPhil from the University of Oxford, and postdoctoral training from University of Manchester and University of Oxford. As a biologist, he has keen research interests on arthropods, cnidarians, invertebrates, biotechnology, genomics, molecular ecology, and conservation of biodiversity. Further information can be found at the following webpage: click HERE.

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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 Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and former Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of 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.

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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.

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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. Lai is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management at CUHK. He obtained his B.S.Sc. and M.Phil. degrees in the same department, having worked on nutrient dynamics in various wetland ecosystems of Hong Kong. He then pursued his PhD study at McGill University, focusing on determining the magnitude and controls of trace gas fluxes from a Canadian ombrotrophic peatland. His current research interests include carbon cycling in wetland, forest and urban ecosystems, as well as the biogeochemical effects of ecosystem creation and restoration.

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Prof. Lau is the Emeritus Professor of Department 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).

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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 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). 

During 2013 and 2020, 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 and Board Director of the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival. 

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Prof. Leung is the Emeritus 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.

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Prof. Leung is an Associate 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.

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Prof. Leung Yee is the Emeritus Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management. He has done significant research in the statistical approach to uncertainty analysis and propagation in geographical information systems. He pioneers research in geographical analysis under fuzziness, and generalizes uncertainty analysis to various types of uncertainties using rough set theory, possibility theory, and theory of evidence. He has also engaged in novel research in intelligent spatial decision support systems, and spatial data mining and knowledge discovery. He has contributed to the research on spatial non-stationarity with respect to spatial associations and regressions, as well as the scaling behavior of geographical processes in space and time. On applications, he focuses on spatial optimization in urban analysis, optimal transportation route planning in high density living, urban air pollution analysis with multi-source, multi-type and multi-scale data, as well as the development and applications of AI technologies in geographical analysis. He has published 6 research monographs, 2 edited books, and over 200 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.


Li Jing Victor is an Assistant Professor at Department of Geography and Resource Management and Deputy Director of Center of Land Resource and Housing Policy, Institute of Future Cities, CUHK. His research covers housing economics, real estate economics and land economics. He is an international expert for the ADB-ADBI flaghisp project "Housing Policy for Inclusive Growth in Emerging Asia". He is Co-Chair/Chair of the The 26th/27th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (CRIOCM2021/2022). 

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Prof. Liao is an Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of Urban Planning, National Taipei University. Prof. Liao was an Assistant Professor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), 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.

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Prof. Maing 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.

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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 in the Department of Psychology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Society for Community Research and Action, and Hong Kong Psychological Society. She has served on the Advisory Group on Mental Health Promotion for the Hong Kong SAR Government. She is a community-based clinical psychologist who works closely with people in recovery, non-government organizations, and corporates to translate research into practice. She developed the first online stratified stepped care mental health platform (Jockey Club TourHeart+ Project, 2017-2024) for working adults in Hong Kong. In 2015, she co-founded StoryTaler說書人 (, which was turned into a social enterprise in 2019 to promote mental health awareness and reduce mental illness stigma in the community with people having lived experience of mental illness, community members, and psychology graduates under the principles of co-production and equal participation. Her research mainly focuses on three synergistic areas: application of technology in promoting mental health and preventing mental disorders, stigma and personal recovery of people with mental illness and other socially disadvantaged groups, Buddhist psychology (e.g., mindfulness, compassion, interconnectedness) in promoting well-being, eliminating stigma, and enhancing collective action for social justice.

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Prof. MO Kar Him is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Studies Programme. His research focuses on healthy ageing, participatory design and community empowerment, advocating for an equitable and inclusive built environment for all, especially our ageing population. His works are primarily community-based and collaborative in nature. Funded by CUHK S-KPF and other fundings, he has co-founded a social enterprise Happy Ageing Lab innovating housing solutions for an ageing population. The initiative has been funded twice under the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE-Fund). Since 2019, the team has outreached 800+ individuals, including professionals, the general public, interested groups and government officials. In addition, the Lab has trained/empowered a group of elders, actively involved in his research and teaching. Prior to joining CUHK, Prof. Mo was the Head of Research in an award-wining architectural consultancy firm. He has led several government consultancy projects on policy/ordinance review, promoting sustainable building design in Hong Kong.

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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.

Prof. Ng was 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. 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, and the Hong Kong Institute of Asian Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Academy of Social Sciences in the United Kingdom, a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners, and an academic advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design. In 2021, she was selected as an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects Hong Kong Chapter. She has completed over 30 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 and the 2015 Association of European Schools of Planning Best Published Paper Award. 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 Planning Theory and Practice and a member of the editorial board of Town Planning Review, DisP—The Planning Review and City, Culture and Society, Business Strategy and the Environment and Journal of Mega Infrastructure and Sustainable Development. The Urban Studies Programme she directs is a Partner of the UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, promoting the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.


Prof. Shen is Professor and RGC Senior Research Fellow 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 chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute; a Member of Steering Committee, Urban China Research Network; Honorary Director, Specialty Committee on Urban and Rural Governance and Policy, Urban Planning Society of China; Deputy Director of Specialty Committee on Population Geography, Geographical Association of China; a former 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, Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, Asian Population Studies, Asian Geographer, Geographical Research and Journal of Subtropical Environment and Resources. His research interests focus on migration, urbanization, urban and regional development/governance in China. He is the author/co-author of Urbanization, Regional Development and Governance in China (Routledge, 2018) and Development and Planning in Seven Major Coastal Cities in Southern and Eastern China (Springer, 2017). He has contributed to many international journals such as Urban Studies, Urban Geography, Population, Space and Place, Regional Studies, Habitat International, Cities, Geoforum, Environment and Planning A, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Geographical Journal and Progress in Planning.

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Prof. Song is Associate 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.

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Prof. Suen (D.Phil. in Sociology, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford) is Associate 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.


Yi Sun is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Building and Real Estate at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). He sits on the management committee at PolyU’s Institute of Active Ageing. He is member of PolyU’s Research Institute for Smart Ageing and fellow of CUHK’s Institute of Future Cities. Yi’s areas of research include age-friendly communities and well-being in densely populated urban environments. He is also interested in China’s regional planning and development, as well as the evolution of the “state spaces”, with particular reference to the Greater Bay Area. He has led several research projects on these topics, with the support from Research Grants Council, Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office of the Hong Kong SAR Government and other agencies. Professionally, he serves technical working group for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in the areas of disasters and statistics.

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Siumi Maria Tam is Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Anthropology and Director of "Multiculturalism in Action Project". She is former 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).

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Wai-Man TANG is Lecturer of Department of Anthropology and Associate Director of "Multiculturalism in Action Project", 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.

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Hendrik Tieben is an urban designer, researcher and educator devoted to the creation of healthy and inclusive cities. He is a Professor and Director of the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Over the last years, he developed a series of public space and placemaking projects to empower local communities. The projects have been featured in international publications and biennale exhibitions. Collaborating with colleagues from University of Auckland, University of Sydney and CUHK, and supported by a fund of the Worldwide Universities Network, he explored the relationships between urban forms, health, and wellbeing. In this context, he also initiated with Luisa Bravo, founder of the Journal of Public Space, the project “2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID19 Pandemic” which included a series of 20 webinars with over 100 international speakers and recently published a related special journal issue. Prof Tieben serves as a strategic board member of the Journal of Public Space and scientific board member of the International Forum on Urbanism. 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). At the Institute of Future Cities, Hendrik Tieben is a member of the Centre of Community and Place Governance. 

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Yuying Tong, born in Mainland China, received her PhD degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now is a 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.

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Professor Shelly Tse has been serving the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care in the Chinese University of Hong Kong since May 2007. She is appointed as Associate Professor in May 2013. Her major expertise is in the area of occupational and environmental cancer etiology, particularly for lung cancer and breast cancer. Shelly Tse has published more than 10 major authored research articles about occupational and environmental risk factors for lung cancer in the past 5 years, and she is moving her research direction to the area of gene-environment interaction, particularly for lung cancer and breast cancer. Shelly Tse is also interested in nightshift work and environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals for multiple outcomes such as metabolic syndrome and hormone-regulated cancers.


Prof. Shelly Tse is the principal investigator of an ongoing GRF/RGC project about nightshift work and female breast cancer (2011-2013), PI of an ongoing occupational cohort study funded by NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) about nightshift work and metabolic syndrome, PI of Pneumoconiosis Compensation Fund Board funded project about medical surveillance and cost-effectiveness analysis for workers exposed to silica dust, PI of several Direct grant funded projects such as genetic variations of clock genes for female breast cancer, asbestos/asbestosis and mesothelioma, as well as PI of Occupational Safety and Health Council funded projects.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Prof. Wu is Associate Professor, and Director of the Master Program in Intercultural Studies, in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was a visiting fellow, and now a life member, of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she has taken up extensive ethnographic research to examine the cultural politics of state and society, waste, and most recently, gender and nationalism in contemporary China. Her academic papers have been published in high impact journals including Journal of Asian Studies, Modern China, Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Studies, The China Journal, Cities, Urban Geography, Ethnology, and China Perspectives.


Prof. Xu is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management and Associate Dean (Research) 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 big data driven urban transformation, 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 Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, The China Quarterly, Environment and Planning A & 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. 

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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.

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Prof. Yim is an Associate Professor of the Asian School of the Environment at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. To develop a sustainable environment, his research devotes to improve the knowledge of climate change and air quality, and the influences on human health and planetary health. Besides research, he strives to contribute to various government committees and professional associations, aiming at transferring my developed knowledge through research to the society. He serves as the member of the Global Air Pollution and Health - Technical Advisory Group (GAPH-TAG) of the World Health Organization (WHO), and also serves as the invited committee member of the National Advisory Board on Atmospheric Science Discipline in Higher Education, the Ministry of Education of China. 


Dr. Edward Chung Yim Yiu is Associate Professor in Department of Property at the University of Auckland. He is currently one of the Faculty Research Committee members, a Trustee of the Property Research Trust and the Editor-in-Chief of the Pacific Rim Property Research Journal. He has written and researched widely on housing policy and housing price analysis. He has also linked his research to practice, he was the elected candidate representing the Architectural, Surveying, Planning and Landscape Functional Constituency in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong in 2016, and a Fellow member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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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.


Yu Zhou received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from Nanjing University, Xiangtan University, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China, in computational mathematics, applied mathematics, and geography and resource management, respectively. He is currently a honorary research fellow at the Institute of Future Cities, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China working on multifractal approach to multiscale feature extraction in remotely sensed images, and post-doctoral guest scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany on nonlinear time series analysis. He has been trying to introduce multidisciplinary concepts and ideas into geography for teaching and research. Most of his research in theory originates from real life problems in geographical studies. After the new theories or methods developed for solving the theoretical problems, he applies them to study the empirical data for demonstration of their validation.

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