Full-time Academic Staff: Teaching Staff

Dr Wendy Y Chen
陳艷 副教授


Room 10.04

391 75459

Associate Professor

MSc, BSc (Zhongshan); PhD (HK)




Professor Wendy Y. Chen received her Ph.D. degree in Physical Geography (in the field of urban forestry) from the University of Hong Kong, 2006; MSc in Natural Resource and Sustainable Development from Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, 2001; and BSc in Physical Geography from Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, 1992.

Her research interests lie in the interface of two important fields: environment science and economics, which encompasses economic valuation of nonmarket environmental goods, quantification of ecosystem services generated by various ecosystems, the externality of environmental pollution, the interaction of environment and economic development, general environmental problems, environmental policies, and sustainable development strategies in contemporary China.

Research Interests
  • Ecological Economics

  • Environmental Economics

  • Valuation of Ecosystem Services

  • Urban Forestry

  • Environmental Science



Environmental Management



Annual; 2nd Semester


Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Society



Annual; 1st Semester


Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Auditing



Annual; 1st Semester

Selected Publications


  • Zheng, Y., Lan, S., Chen, W. Y., Chen, X., Xu, X., Chen, Y. and Dong, J. (2019) “Visual Sensitivity versus Ecological Sensitivity: An application of GIS in Urban Forest Park Planning.” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 41: 139-149. DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2019.03.010 (IF2018=3.043).

  • Li, X., Chen, W. Y., Sanesi, G. and Lafortezza, R. (2019) “Remote Sensing in Urban Forestry: Recent Applications and Future Directions.” Remote Sensing 11(10): 1144. DOI: 10.3390/rs11101144 (IF2018=4.118).

  • Chen, W. Y. and Cho, F. H. T. (2019) “Environmental Information Disclosure and Societal Preferences for Urban River Restoration: Latent Class Modelling of a Discrete-choice Experiment.” Journal of Cleaner Production 231: 1294-1306. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.05.307 (IF2018=6.395).

  • Hua, J. and Chen, W. Y. (2019) “Prioritizing Urban Rivers’ Ecosystem Services: An Importance-performance Analysis.” Cities 94:11-23. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2019.05.014 (IF2018=3.853).


  • Chen, W. Y. and Li, X. (2018) “Impacts of Urban Stream Pollution: A Comparative Spatial Hedonic Study of High-rise Residential Buildings in Guangzhou, South China.” Geographical Journal 184(3): 283-297. DOI: 10.1111/geoj.12246 (IF2018=2.357).

  • Jim, C. Y., van den Bosch, C. K., and Chen, W. Y. (2018) “Acute Challenges and Solutions for Urban Forestry in compact and densifying cities.” Journal of Urban Planning and Development 144(3): 04018025. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000466 (IF2018=1.165).

  • Chen, W. Y., Hua, J., Liekens, I. and Broekx, S. (2018) “Preference Heterogeneity and Scale Heterogeneity in Urban River Restoration: A Comparative Study between Brussels and Guangzhou Using Discrete Choice Experiments.” Landscape and Urban Planning 173: 9-22. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2018.01.010 (IF2018=5.144).


  • Chen, W. Y., Hu, F. Z., Li, X., and Hua, J. (2017) “Strategic Interaction in Municipal Governments' Provision of Public Green Spaces: A Dynamic Spatial Panel Data Analysis in Transitional China.” Cities 71: 1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2017.07.003 (IF2018=3.853).

  • Chen, W. Y., Liekens, I. and Broekx, S. (2017) “Identifying Societal Preferences for River Restoration in a Densely Populated Urban Environment: Evidence from a Discrete Choice Experiment in Central Brussels.” Environmental Management 60(2): 263-279. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-017-0885-5 (IF2018=2.376). 

  • Chen, W. Y. and Li, X. (2017) “Cumulative Impacts of Polluted Urban Streams on Property Values: A 3-D Spatial Hedonic Model at the Micro-neighborhood Level.” Landscape and Urban Planning 162: 1-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.01.012 (IF2018=5.144).

  • Chen, W. Y. and Hua, J. (2017) “Heterogeneity in Resident Perceptions of a Bio-cultural Heritage in Hong Kong: A Latent Class Factor Analysis.” Ecosystem Services 24: 170-179. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.02.019 (IF2018=5.572).

  • Chen, W. Y. (2017) “Environmental Externalities of Urban River Pollution and Restoration: A Hedonic Analysis in Guangzhou (China).” Landscape and Urban Planning 157: 170-179. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.06.010 (IF2018=5.144).


  • Jim, C. Y. and Chen, W. Y. (2016) “Legacy Effect of Trees in the Heritage Landscape of a peri-urban Golf Course.” Urban Ecosystems 19(4): 1717-1734. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-016-0562-0 (IF2018=2.493). 

  • Morgenroth, J., Östberg, J., van den Bosch, C. K., Nielsen, A. B., Hauer, R., Sjöman, H., Chen, W. Y. and Jansson, M. (2016) “Urban Tree Diversity—Taking Stock and Looking Ahead.” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 15: 1-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2015.11.003 (IF2018=3.043).


  • Chen, W. Y. (2015) “Public Willingness-to-pay for Conserving Urban Heritage Trees in Guangzhou, South China.” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 14(4): 796-805. DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2015.07.002 (IF2018=3.043).

  • Chen, W. Y. and Hua, J. (2015) “Citizens’ Distrust of Government and their Protest Responses in a Contingent Valuation of Urban Heritage Trees in Guangzhou, China.” Journal of Environmental Management 155: 40-48. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.03.002 (IF2018=4.865).

  • Chen, W. Y. (2015) “The Role of Urban Green Infrastructure in Offsetting Carbon Emissions in 35 Major Chinese Cities: A Nationwide Estimate.” Cities 44: 112-120. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2015.01.005 (IF2018=3.853).

  • Chen, W. Y. and Hu, F. Z. Y. (2015) “Producing Nature for Public: Land-based Urbanization and Provision of Public Green Spaces in China.” Applied Geography 58: 32-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.01.007 (IF2018=3.068).

Last Update: September 2019