Department of Geography and Resource Management (GRM), The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Departmental News

Professor Mei-Po Kwan named on the Highly Cited Researchers list of 2021

[16/11/2021] Professor Mei-Po Kwan has been named on the “Highly Cited Researchers” list of 2021 by Clarivate Analytics. This honour is given to researchers who have published multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science.

Professor Mee Kam Ng elected Fellow of The Royal Town Planning Institute

[05/11/2021] Professor Mee Kam Ng has been elected to the fellowship of The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in recognition of her long-standing work in spatial planning. Fellow is the highest professional membership grade offered by the RTPI and is only awarded to its members who have made a major personal contribution to the planning profession for the benefit of the public.

Professor Johnson Chan and Professor Lawal M. Marafa awarded funding under Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme

[5/10/2021] Professor Chan Chung Shing Johnson (as principal investigator) and Professor Lawal Mohammed Marafa (as co-investigator) have been awarded a funding of HK$2,632,500 under the Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme for their project “Community-based Narratives and Public Experiential Engagement for Cultural and Historical Heritage Conservation and Revitalisation of Yim Tin Tsai, Sai Kung” from 1 January 2022 to 30 June 2024. The scheme is managed by the Environmental Protection Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government. Their project highlights village and rural environments as changing cultural landscapes which provide tangible heritage and hidden values for conservation and revitalisation. Based on community-based storytelling and narratives approach and public experiential engagement, the project aims to generate valuable records and information about culture and history of Yim Tin Tsai, a small but once prosperous offshore island in Sai Kung, Hong Kong.

Professor Huang Bo awarded MoE Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award

[15/4/2021] Professor Huang Bo has been been awarded the Ministry of Education (MoE) Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award 2020 (Second Class Award in Natural Sciences) for the research titled “Theory and methodology for spatiotemporal multi-scale data fusion”.

Professor Kwan Mei Po awarded 2021 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Wilbanks Prize

Professor Kwan Mei Po has been been selected to receive the 2021 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Wilbanks Prize for Transformational Research in Geography. This award recognizes geographers whose research has made transformational contributions to geography, geographic information science or to science and society more broadly.

Professor Gabriel Ngar-Cheung Lau named American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellow

Professor Gabriel Ngar-Cheung Lau has been honored as one of the 2020 Class of Fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for his contributions as one of the prestigious global leaders and experts who have propelled the understanding of geosciences. Details:

Professor Kwan Mei Po and Prof. Huang Bo obtained the RGC Collaborative Research Fund 2020-21

Professor Kwan Mei Po and Professor Huang Bo have been awarded research funding under the Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) 2020/21 – Collaborative Research Project Grant (CRPG) Proposals for the project “Deploying Geospatial Big Data and Real-time Mobile Sensing to Assess the Health Impacts of Individual Exposure to Green/blue Spaces, Light at Night, Air Pollution, and Noise (GLAN)” and “Assessment and implementation of non-pharmaceutical interventions to avoid COVID-19 resurgences: Accounting for human mobility, contacts and behavioral change using both big and small data” respectively.

Professor Chen Yongqin David and Yim Hung Lam Steve awarded the National Key R&D Program of China funding

Professor Chen Yongqin David, in collaboration with Professor Yim Hung Lam Steve, has been awarded a funding of RMB 2,830,000 for the project “大灣區極端天氣氣候防災減災和適應的技術與對策” under the National Key R&D Program of China (國家重點研發計畫) by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (中華人民共和國科學技術部), from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2023.

Professor Kwan Mei Po has been awarded the lifelong honorary title of AAG Fellow

Professor Kwan Mei Po has been awarded the lifelong honorary title of AAG Fellow. The AAG Fellows is a program, started in 2018, to recognize geographers who have made significant contributions to advancing geography.

Professor Huang Bo received Hong Kong ICT Awards 2018 – Smart People Award

Prof. Huang Bo and his group members have developed an efficient smartphone APP named “TouchAir” for the general public to access real time air pollutant concentrations at any location in Hong Kong and Mainland China with high accuracy, high resolution and full coverage. This APP has won the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2018 – Smart People Award. Ms. Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, attended the award presentation ceremony held in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center on April 4. TouchAir, with its server programs running on the Ali cloud platform, has been released since September 2015 with both its iOS and Android versions available on App Store (for iPhone and iPad users) and Google Play/Baidu Mobile Phone Assistant (for Android smartphone users).

GRM students recognized in the Dean’s List 2016-17 of Faculty of Social Science

The following students were presented the Dean’s List certificates in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements by the Faculty of Social Science on 17 March 2018. Congratulations to our students!
[Taught Master’s Programmes] MSc in Geoinformation Science: YAO Shiqi; MSSc in Sustainable Tourism: NG Tuen Man, QI Huan, SUN Jianru
[Undergraduate Programme] CHAN Chun Kit, CHAN Lok Hang, CHU Chun Ho, CHUAN Li Ying Jacqueline, CHUNG Sum Yue, GUO Xinyi, HUI Ka Chun, JIA Junyan, KWONG Ho Yin, LAI Hiu Tung, LAM Hei Yiu, LAM Ho Yin, LAM Tsz Kiu, LAU Chun Ki, LAU Chun Yin, LEE Cheuk Wing Cody, LEE Hau Ying, LEE Yeung To, LEUNG Shong Tung, LI Shau Yin, LIU Xinyu, NG Wing Chun, NG Yeuk Ying, SUN Ka Kit, TANG Siu Wa, TSANG Ling Yan, WONG Long In, WONG Wai Chun, WONG Wai Ming, YEUNG Tsz Chun, YIP Ka Yu.

Our department ranked 38th in the world in 2018

QS World University Rankings has recently released the latest ranking by subject. In the subject of Geography, our department is ranked 38th in the world and 5th in Asia with a total score of 79.1. For more details, please visit:

Delegation of Lanzhou University visited our Department

A delegation of two faculty members and eight students from the College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University visited our Department on 20-27 January 2018. The delegation met with our colleagues to discuss collaboration in teaching and research and visited the Wetland Park, Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve and Geoparks in Hong Kong. Prof. Gao Xiang delivered a seminar in the Department on the multi-scale assessment of ecosystem stability in the nature reserves in arid deserts.