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Dr Shen

Dr. Jianfa SHEN is Professor and RGC Senior Research Fellow of The Department of Geography and Resource Management; Director, Research Centre for Urban and Regional Development; Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies,The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1996, he was an Assistant Lecture/Lecturer in The Department of Geography, The East China Normal University (1986-1991); a Research Scholar in The London School of Economics, The University of London, England (1990-1991); Researcher/Lecturer in The Department of Geography, The University of Wales Swansea, Wales (1994-1995/1995-1996) and Research Fellow in The School of Geography, The University of Leeds, England (1996).

Office Address

Wong Foo Yuan Building

Department of Geography and Resource Management

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 3943 6469

Fax: (852) 2603 5006


My official page at the Department of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Teaching field

Urban Geography

Geography of China

Population and Migration

Supervision of MPhil and PhD Students

Research Interest

Migration and Urbanization

Urban and Regional Development

Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and China


Sept. 1979-July 1983 East China Normal U., BSc degree, Geography

Sept. 1983-July 1986 East China Normal U., MSc degree, Quantitative Geography

Oct. 1991-Sept.1994 London School of Economics, PhD degree, Geography

Membership/Correspondence Membership of Professional Associations

Hong Kong Geographical Association

Deputy Director, Specialty Committee on Population Geography, Geographical Association of China

Honorary Director, Specialty Committee on Urban and Rural Governance and Policy, Urban Planning Society of China (2021-)

Chartered Town Planner and Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute

Honorary Member of Steering Committee, Commission on Population Geography, International Geographical Union (2021-)

Vice-Chair, Commission on Population Geography, International Geographical Union (2012-2020)

Commission on Monitoring Urban Geography: Emerging Urban Transformations, International Geographical Union

Commission on Modelling Geographical Systems, International Geographical Union

International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Science (CPGIS)

Distinctions and Awards

RGC Senior Research Fellow Award, Research Grant Council, Hong Kong SAR, 2020

Regional Studies Association Award for Best International Conference Paper, Regional Studies Association, 2016.

Second prize, Excellent Urban and Rural Planning Projects Award in Zhejiang Province 2013, Association of Town and Country Planning of Zhejiang Province, China, March 2014

International Prize of Environmental Creation 2013, Institute of Environmental Creation International, Japan, September 2013

Research Excellence Award 2013-14, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2014

Research Excellence Award 2007-08, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2008

Fourth Excellent Research Awards in Population Science of China, Population Association of China and National Population and Family Planning Commission of China (Fist Prize for books, with Prof. G Wang et al.), July 2007

Excellent Paper Award of Jin Jingchang Education Foundation in Urban Planning (Third Prize, with Dr X Luo), 2005

Science and Technology Prize of Universities in China, February 2002

Fifth National Youth Prize in Geographical Science and Technology, November 1999

Natural Science Prize, Chinese Academy of Sciences, November 1996

Members of Editorial Boards/International Advisory Boards/Editorial Committees

Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs. Section Editor/Coordinator. Alanya Hamdullah Emin Pasa University (Open access).

The China Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Greater China (SSCI indexed). The Chinese University Press (On-line journal: ProQuest 5000 International).

Population, Space and Place (SSCI indexed). John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Asian Population Studies (SSCI indexed). Taylor and Francis.

Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy (SSCI indexed). Springer.

Asian Geographer. Routledge.

Geographical Research. Science Press.

Journal of Subtropical Resources and Environment. Fujian Normal University.

A map of China

Map of China

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