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Research Strategy : Research Thematic Groups



Urban & Transport

Our Research Committee has developed three research thematic groups (Figure 2) which are aligned with the university’s and faculty’s mission (Table 1) for the department’s strategic research directions.

Figure 2. Three thematic groups that fall under the broad umbrella of sustainability.




urban & transport

Table 1. Alignment with the university’s and faculty’s research directions.



Thematic Groups

Faculty Research Clusters



(i) China: China’s rapid development over the last 40 years has had a number of significant impacts on the growth and spatial distribution of the global economy. A constant renewal of our understanding of China allows us to track and trace the many socio-economic structural shifts that occur. Hong Kong’s unique geographical position within the Greater China region provides us with privileged access to the mainland and allows the department to create complimentary research opportunities for contemporary China studies.


(ii) Environment: Climate, hydrology, biogeography, and ecosystems in the natural environment are the primary foci in this thematic group. Through research such as tree-ring studies, air quality modelling, remote sensing of environmental issues, water quality and resource management fieldwork, and urban green infrastructure strategies for green cities, faculty members use their expertise to better understand abnormal climatic patterns, as well as to develop effective adaptations and mitigation measurements to preserve our fragile ecosystem and attain environmental sustainability for future generations.

(iii) Urban and Transport: Rapid urbanization has resulted in a massive shift socio-economically, culturally, and politically in urban transport planning and development in cities. With Hong Kong being a globally-recognized transport gateway to China and the world, on-going exploration is essential when examining and drawing on public discussions and policy recommendations to improve transport planning and design, mobility, resilience, and safety in the development of smart cities.

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