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:


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:

Colleagues of our Department published important scientific findings in Nature Climate Change

Profs. Chen Yongqin and Lau Ngar-Cheung, together with Prof. Li Jianfeng of Hong Kong Baptist University and Prof. Thian Yew Gan of University of Alberta, recently published their research findings on the elevated increases in human-perceived temperature under climate warming in Nature Climate Change (January 2018). The study has attracted much media coverage locally and internationally. More details can be found at:

World-renowned scientist Prof. Vaclav Smil visited our Department

Prof. Vaclav Smil, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, Canada, visited our Department and delivered a seminar on “Energy transitions: Realities of decarbonization” on 14 September 2017. Information about Prof. Smil’s interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy and environment can be found at:

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.