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

Prof. NG Mee Kam

Faculty Member

Prof. NG Mee Kam

Department Vice-Chairperson
Director, Urban Studies Programme
Associate Director, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies

BA (Geography) (HKU)
MSc (Urban Planning) (HKU)
PhD (Urban Planning) (UCLA)
Hon AiA (HK)

(852) 3943-6645


Principal Investigator

“A critical review of the Hong Kong Planning Standards and Guidelines (HKPSG) through the lens of people’s rights to spatial development for multifaceted well-being,” General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, 1/1/2021-31/12/2023 (HK$1203,776).

“Reinventing ‘commons’ in the New Territories, Hong Kong: institutional challenges and planning implications,” General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, 2019-2021 ($926,088).

“A multi-dimensional ‘point-line-plane’ approach for industrial heritage conservation in Hong Kong: a case study of Ma On Shan (MOS) Iron Mine,” Funding Scheme for Thematic Research on Built Heritage Conservation 2018, The Government of Hong Kong, 1/7/2018-31/7/2020 (HK$2 million).

“’Responsive or transformative practice’? Strategic spatial planning in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shenzhen,” General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, 2017-2018 ($661,500).

“Low Carbon Living in a High-density Environment—Strategies for optimizing Hong Kong’s living environment beyond 2030,” Institution of Civil Engineers (Hong Kong Association), 2014-2015 (HK$810,000).

“Growth machines? Sustainable communities? Values and urban fortunes in Chinese cities,” General Research FundResearch Grants Council, 2015-2016 (HK$672,392).

“’Community capacities, social capital, citizen values and impact assessment’: community-based planning as a missing component in the urban planning system in Hong Kong?” General Research FundResearch Grants Council, 2014-2015 (HK$520,000).

 “’Walled buildings’, ‘the right to the city’, place governance and the delayed amendment of an outdated planning ordinance: an institutional analysis”, General Research FundResearch Grants Council, 2011-2013 (HK$487,727).

“’The Production of Space is a Matter of Life and Death’? A Lefebvrian perspective on old urban neighbourhood renewal in Hong Kong and Taipei,” General Research FundResearch Grants Council, 2010-2012 (HK$430,675).

 “Rationality and Power: towards a phronetic understanding of the practice of reclamation in Hong Kong,” Research Grants Council, 1 January 2007 to 30 June 2009 (HK$509,640).

 “Rhetoric versus Action: land use planning practice in Shenzhen, the People’s Republic of China,” Research Grants Council, 1 Dec. 1999 to 30 Nov. 2001 (HK$405,000).

“An Urban Regeneration Strategy for Hong Kong: addressing key socio-economic issues in a restructuring context,” Research Grants Council.  1 Dec. 1997 to 30 Nov. 1999 (HK$200,000).

“A Comparative Study of the Land Use Planning Systems in Hong Kong and Selected cities in Guangdong Province, China.”  Research Grants Council. 1 December 1995 to 30 November 1997 (HK$165,000).


Li, C., Ng, M.K., Xu, Y., Yow, T.C. (2023). Environmental justice and ecological civilization in the Pearl River Delta, China. Eurasian Geography and Economics. DOI:

Li, C.Y.K., Leung, L.C., Ng, M.K., Leung, W.Y.C., Yeung, T.C.A., Cheng, C.H.A., Tieben, H. and Kwan, M.P. (2023). Sense of place, subjective well-being, and the influence of housing and neighbourhood: a comparative study of two marginalised districts in Hong Kong. Wellbeing, Space and Society. DOI:

Pan, M., Ng, M.K. and Xu, Ying (2023). Just sustainability, actor-networks and environmental politics in China: local controversies over shared environmental infrastructure in industrial districts. Local Environment. DOI:

Ng, M.K. and C. Wong (2022) (eds.) Interface: Spatial planning for smart sustainable development. Planning Theory and Practice, DOI:

Ng, M.K., Tang, M. Pan and S. He (2022). Genesis of smart sustainable development in Shenzhen, China’s ‘Silicon Valley’. Planning Theory and Practice. DOI:

Ng, M.K. (2022). From a special economic zone to a smart sustainable city: the power of strategic spatial planning in Shenzhen. Built Environment. 48(4), pp. 578-590. DOI:

Ng, M.K. (2022). Industrial and cultural heritage of the Ma On Shan Iron Mine landscape and the making of industrious Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. http://doi:10.1111/apv.12357.

Sun, Y., Ng, M.K., Chau, A.K.C. and Chen, S. (2022). From sociospatial experiences to well-being: implications for aging in place. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. http://DOI:10.1080/24694452.2022.2115971.

Sun, Y., Ng, M.K., Chao, T.S., He, S. and Mok, S.H. (2022). The impact of place attachment on well-being for older people in high-density urban environment: a qualitative study. Journal of Aging & Social Policy. https://DOI:10.1080/08959420.2022.2111168.

Zhang, T., Liu, J., Chen, H. and Ng, M.K. (2022). The association of communal space with sense of place and mental health in public housing: evidence from Guangzhou and Hong Kong. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19, 16178.

Kan, Z., Kwan, M.P., Ng, M.K. and Tieben, H. (2022). The impacts of housing characteristics and built-environment features on mental health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19, 5143.

Ng, M.K. (2022). Planning standards and spatial (in)justice. Planning Theory and Practice, 23(2), pp.167-172,

Ng, M.K, Koksal, C., Wong, C. and Tang, Y. (2022). Smart and sustainable development from a spatial planning perspective: the case of Shenzhen and Greater Manchester. Sustainability, 14(6): 3509, doi:

Pan, E.M. and Ng, M.K. (2022). Implementing industrial ecology in regeneration activities: a possible pathway for transforming China’s local-regional industrial systems towards sustainability? Journal of Cleaner Production. 338,

Gong, W., Li, V. and Ng, M.K. (2021). Deciphering property development around high-speed railway stations through land value capture: case studies in Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Sustainability. 13, 12605.

Li, C., Ng, M.K., Tang, Y. and Fung, T. (2021). From a ‘world factory’ to China’s Bay Area: a review of the Outline of the Development Plan for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Planning Theory and Practice,

Ng, M.K. et al. (2021). Place qualities, sense of place and subjective well-being: a study of two typical urban neighbourhoods in Hong Kong. Cities and Health, DOI:

Ng, M.K. et al. (2021). Sustainable Communities for People’s Multi-faceted Well-beingCUHK: Knowledge Transfer Project, 51p. (bilingual).

Ng, M.K., Li, C.Y., Sin, Y.C., Cheung, L.Y., Fok, K.Y. (2021). Healthy and Sustainable Tsuen WanTsuen Wan District Council, 183p. (in Chinese).

Ng, M.K., Lau, Y.T., Chen, H. and He, S. (2021). Dual land regime, income inequalities and multifaceted socio-economic and spatial segregation in Hong Kong. In van Ham, M., Tammaru, T., Ubarevicinene, R. and Janssen, H. (2021). Urban Socio-Economic Segregation and Income Inequality, Springer.

Ng, M.K. (2020). Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and pandemic planning. Planning Theory and Practice, Vol.21, Issue 4, pp.507-12, downloadable at:

Ng, M.K. and Mak, Winnie W.S. (2020), “The right to spatial development for human flourishing,” Transactions of the Association of European Schools of Planning, Vol.4, Issue 1, pp.22-32,

Ng, M.K. (2020), “The making of ‘violent’ Hong Kong: A centennial dream? A fight for democracy? A challenge to humanity?” Planning Theory and Practice, DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2020.1769914.

Ng, M.K. (2020), “Transformative urbanism and reproblematising land scarcity in Hong Kong,” Urban Studies, Vol.57, Issue 7, pp.1452-1468.

Ng, M.K. (2019), “Governing green urbanism: the case of Shenzhen, China,” Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol.41, Issue 1, pp.64-82.

Ng, M.K. (2019), “Dystopian utopia? Utopian dystopia? A tale of two struggles for the right to the city,” in Leary-Owhin, M.E. and McCarthy, J.P., Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, The City and Urban Society, Routledge, Chapter 45, pp.501-510.

Ng, M.K. (2018), “Sustainable community building in the face of state-led gentrification: the story of the Blue House cluster in Hong Kong,” Town Planning Review, Vol.89, Issue 5, pp.465-512.

Chen, H.W., Ng, M.K., Es, M., Lee, J., Mak, W.W.S. and Tong, Y. (2018), “Socio-spatial polarization and the (re)-distribution of deprived groups in world cities: a case study of Hong Kong,” Urban Geography

Ng, M.K. (2018), “John Friedmann’s ‘radical’ legacy in Asia’s world city, Hong Kong,” Journal of the American Planning Association, Volume 84, Issue 2, pp.197-199 (

Ng, M.K. (2018), “Urban renewal, sense of community and social capital: a case study of two neighbourhoods in Hong Kong,” in Clark, J. and N. Wise (eds), Wellbeing and Community Change: Issues and Impacts in Urban Renewal, Springer Urban Book Series, pp.1-23.

Ng, M.K. (2017), “Enclosure and recommoning: the struggle of community development in Asia’s World City,” Local Economy, Vol.32, Issue 7, pp.640-655, (

Rangan, H., Ng, M.K., Chase, J., Porter, L. (2016), Insurgencies and Revolutions: Reflections on John Friedmann’s Contributions to Planning Theory and Practice, Routledge.

Ng, M.K. (2016), “From Xinhai Revolution (1911) to the Umbrella Movement (2014): Insurgent citizenship, radical planning and Chinese culture in the Hong Kong SAR,” in Rangan, H., Ng, M.K., Chase, J., Porter, L. (2016), Insurgencies and Revolutions: Reflections on John Friedmann’s Contributions to Planning Theory and Practice, Routledge

Ng, M.K., Zhai, B-Q, Zhao, Y-Q and Li, J. (2016), “Valuing Xi’an: a Chinese capital for 13 dynasties,” disP—The Planning Review, 52(3): 8-15, DOI: 10.1080/02513625.2016.1235867

Ng, M.K. (2016), “The right to healthy place-making and well-being,” Planning Theory and Practice, 17(1), 3-6.

Teaching Fields

  • Urban studies
  • Urban and regional planning and development
  • Urban forms, sense of place and well-being
  •  Sustainable development
  • Cities and globalisation

Research interests

  • Urban planning and governance
  • Strategic spatial planning
  • Production of space and the politics of planning
  • Urban regeneration
  • Sustainable development
  • Community planning and human flourishing

Services/ Posts

Member, The Placemaking Leadership Council, Project for Public Space, New York.
Academic advisor, Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design
Honorary Fellow, Centre for Civil Society and Governance, The University of Hong Kong
Co-founder, Community Living Room
Honorary Advisor, Society for Protection of the Harbour
Member, Planners for Climate Action, UN-Habitat

Associate Editor:
Planning Theory and Practice, Routledge.

Editorial Board member:
Business Strategy and the Environment, Wiley
City, Culture and Society, Elsevier.
disP—the Planning Review, Journal of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), ETH Zurich.
Journal of Mega Infrastructure and Sustainable Development
Town Planning Review, Liverpool University Press.


  • Awarded Honorary Membership, American Institute of Architects (Hong Kong Chapter), 2021.
  • Elected Fellow, The Royal Town Planning Institute, 12 October 2021.
  • Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2016-2017.
  • Elected Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences, United Kingdom on 19 October 2016.
  • The AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning) Best Published Paper Award 2015: “Intellectuals and the production of space in the urban renewal process in Hong Kong and Taipei,” Planning Theory and Practice, Vol.15, No.1, pp.77-92.
  • Seven Hong Kong Institute of Planners Awards.



Reviewing Hong Kong’s planning standards and guidelines for human flourishing

Smart sustainable planning

Community planning, place-making and healthy city development