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

Departmental News

GRM to host 12th International Conference on Sustainable Tourism

GRM will host the 12th International Conference on Sustainable Tourism on 9-11 May 2024. Supported by the Master of Social Science in Sustainable Tourism (MSSST) programme, the conference has been held annually since 2012. The upcoming conference in 2024 revolves around the theme of “Tourism Development and Investment in Sustainability”, aiming to explore how tourism and sustainable investments can shape a better world. It will discuss how to diversify markets, reduce risks, enhance resilience, and involve locals. It will also examine how investments can foster innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship while conserving nature and culture.
For paper submission and registration information, please visit the conference website:

GRM PhD Student won Best Student Paper Award

Our PhD student Zhengke Zhou won the 2024 Best Student Paper Award from the Economic Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers (AAG). Zhengke examines Shenzhen’s battery recycling industry to reveal how materialities of the environment shape state-firm interactions in the development of green industries.

GRM students crowned in Open Data Hackathon 2023

Four of our Year 4 undergraduates, Yu Lok Hin Nicolas, Tse Kwan Hon Kelvin, Li Wang Tsun Harold and Chan Shun In Caleb won Champion and Best Teamwork Award in the Tertiary Stream of “Open Data Hackathon 2023”. Their winning proposal of a real-time warning system of hazard trees envisions an open dataset that can be edited by officials through an interdepartmental dashboard and contributed by the general public through an app.

More about the hackathon:

Seven GRM Scholars Among World’s Top 2% Scientists in 2023

Seven GRM scholars were named on the list of the World’s Top 2% Scientists published by Stanford University in October 2023. They (in alphabetical order of surnames) are Prof. Chen Yongqin David, Prof. He Ying Sylvia, Prof. Kwan Mei Po, Prof. Lai Yuk Fo Derrick, Prof. Lau Ngar Cheung Gabriel, Prof. Leung Yee, and Prof. Shen Jianfa.

Ranking of the GRM faculty members named: [PDF]

Full list:


Alumna Yu Chui-yee appointed CUHK Honorary Fellow

[16/05/2022] Congratulations to our alumna Ms Yu Chui-yee who has been appointed CUHK Honorary Fellow for her outstanding sport achievements and social contributions. A seven-time Paralympic gold medallist in fencing, Ms Yu graduated from GRM’s undergraduate programme in 2008 despite her busy training and competition schedule. For her citation, please see:

GRM Students Crowned Champions in ESRI Young Scholars Award 2022

[10/05/2022] Five GRM students brought home two champions in the ESRI Young Scholars Award 2022 with their innovative, policy-oriented GIS applications. Mr SUM Tin Lam Alvin came first in the Individual Application category with his study on wheelchair users’ accessibility in Kwun Tong. Miss BAO Wenwei, Miss LI Wenyu, Mr LUO Haowen and Miss ZENG Bincheng Joyce topped the Group Application category with their analysis of brownfield site redevelopment for Hong Kong’s logistic industry. For students’ winning projects, please visit

Our Department Ranked 17th in the World by QS

[07/07/2022] In the newly released QS World University Rankings By Subject 2022, our Department moves up two places to 17th in the world in the field of Geography, and ranks 4th in Asia. For details, please refer to

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 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: