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

Prof. CHUNG King Lam, Calvin

Faculty Member

Prof. CHUNG King Lam, Calvin

Assistant Professor

MPhil (CUHK)

(852) 3943-9791


As principal investigator

More data, better governance? The central-local politics of environmental data in China. Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong. (2021–23, HK$891,700)

Internationalisation at home through introducing virtual field trips to geography teaching and learning. Grant Scheme for Internationalization of Curriculum, Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant, CUHK. (2021–22, HK$85,650).

Health by design in contest: The planning politics of healthy city in China. Direct Grant, Faculty of Social Science, CUHK. (2020–21, HK$99,377)

The greening of urban governance in China: A case study of greenway development in the Pearl River Delta cities. Hong Kong Research Grant 2016, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). (2016–17, £2,500)

As co-investigator

Big data for big land grab? A discursive–material nexus analysis of big data-themed land development in China’s inland Data Valley’. General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong. (2022–24, HK$916,896)

The role of neighbourhood governance in cities in China and the UK amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. National Social Science Fund of China. (2021–24, CNY200,000)

How can the dragon soar? An interdisciplinary approach to China’s post-reform dialectics of state, market and space. Research Sustainability of Major RGC Funding Schemes, CUHK. (2019–22, HK$680,000)


Chung, C. K. L., & Xu, J. (2021). Scalar politics of urban sustainability: Governing the Chinese city in the era of ecological civilisation. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 46(3), 689–703. [Link to full paper]

Zhang, F., Chung, C. K. L., Lu, T., & Wu, F. (2021). The role of the local government in China’s urban sustainability transition: A case study of Wuxi’s solar development. Cities, 117, 103294.

Xu, J., Chung, C. K. L., & Zhang, M. (2021). Governing mega-city regions in China: One region, many systems. In A. G. O. Yeh, G. S. C. Lin, & F. F. Yang (Eds.), Mega-city region development in China (pp. 226–247). Routledge.

Day, T., Chang, I.-C. C., Chung, C. K. L., Doolittle, W. E., Housel, J., & McDaniel, P. N. (2021). The immediate impact of COVID-19 on postsecondary teaching and learning. The Professional Geographer, 73, 1–13. [Link to full paper]

Chung, C. K. L.
, Xu, J., & Zhang, M. (2020). Geographies of Covid-19: How space and virus shape each other. Asian Geographer, 37(2), 99–116. [Link to full paper]

Shao, Z., Xu, J., Chung, C. K. L., Spit, T., & Wu, Q. (2020). State as both the regulator and the player: The politics of transfer of development rights in China. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 44(1), 38–54. [Link to full paper]

Zhang, F., Chung, C. K. L., & Yin, Z. (2020). Green infrastructure for China’s new urbanisation: A case study of greenway development in Maanshan. Urban Studies, 57(3), 508–524. [Link to full paper]

Zhang, M., Xu, J., & Chung, C. K. L. (2020). Scalar politics and uneven accessibility to intercity railway in the Pearl River Delta, China. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 110(4), 1260–1277.

Zhang, M., Xu, J., & Chung, C. K. L. (2020). Politics of scale, bargaining power and its spatial impact: Planning for intercity railway in the Pearl River Delta. The China Quarterly, 243, 676–700.

Chung, C. K. L.
, Zhang, F., & Wu, F. (2018). Negotiating green space with landed interests: The urban political ecology of greenway in the Pearl River Delta, China. Antipode, 50(4), 891–909. [Link to full paper]

He, S., Chung, C. K. L., Bayrak, M. M., & Wang, W. (2018). Administrative boundary changes and regional inequality in provincial China. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 11(1), 103–120.

Chung, C. K. L.
, & Xu, J. (2016). Scale as both material and discursive: A view through China’s rescaling of urban planning system for environmental governance. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 34(8), 1404–1424.

Chung, C. K. L.
 (2015). Upscaling in progress: The reinvention of urban planning as an apparatus of environmental governance in China. In T. C. Wong, S. S. Han, & H. Zhang (Eds.), Population mobility, urban planning and management in China (pp. 171–187). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Wang, L., Shen, J., & Chung, C. K. L. (2015). City profile: Suzhou – A Chinese city under transformation. Cities, 44, 60–72.

Xu, J., & Chung, C. K. L. (2014). ‘Environment’ as an evolving concept in China’s urban planning system. International Development Planning Review, 36(4), 391–412. (Awarded the journal’s best paper in 2014)

Lam, K. C., Ma, W., Chan, P. K., Hui, W. C., Chung, K. L., Chung, Y. T. T., Wong, C. Y., & Lin, H. (2013). Relationship between road traffic noisescape and urban form in Hong Kong. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment185(12), 9683–9685.

Teaching Fields

  • Theories of global political economy
  • Cities and global political economy
  • Global environmental politics

Research interests

  • Geographies of state restructuring
  • Politics and practice of spatial planning
  • Political ecology and environmental policy

Services/ Posts


  • Seminar Coordinator, Department of Geography and Resource Management (08/2020 to present)
  • Member, Staff-Student Consultative Committee, Department of Geography and Resource Management (08/2020 to present)
  • Member, MSSc in Global Political Economy Programme Committee, Faculty of Social Science (08/2019 to present)


  • Editorial Manager, Asian Geographer (05/2018 to present)
  • Associate Editor, Asian Geographer (11/2020 to present)


Politics of urbanisation

The study of how the planning and development of cities are shaped by a constellation of actors, institutions and discourses at and across different sites and scales; those with a focus on the themes of urban infrastructure, data-driven governance, and healthy city planning are particularly welcomed

Political ecology and environmental governance

The study of how environmental changes at various sites and scales both shape and are shaped by political, economic, social and cultural conditions; those attempting to combine qualitative and quantitative approaches for their research are particularly welcomed