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Congratulations to Junxi for winning the Area Prize awarded by the Royal Geographical Society. This prize was for the best article in the journal Area by a new researcher. Well done, Junxi!

Congratulations to Jinbao for winning a joint National R&D Grant (國家重點研發計劃項目) with the National Climate Centre (國家氣候中心) of RMB21.5 million on “Extreme climate change and its mechanisms in East Asian monsoon region since the Little Ice Age” (小冰期以来东亚季风区极端气候变化及机制研究)! The research grant for Jinbao’s module (历史时期气候集成重建与极端气候变化规律研究)is worth RMB5.28 million (HK$6.5 million). Hearty congratulations, Jinbao!


Congratulations to Dr. J. B. Li, who has been promoted to Associate Professor!

Professor Becky P.Y. Loo has been appointed to the Lantau Development Advisory Committee in February 2018


Professor Becky P.Y. Loo has been interviewed by China Daily in its Cover Story of "Street Smart"


Congratulations to Professor B.P.Y. Loo, who has been appointed as our NEW Department Head!

Alice Lee Hiu Yan, a PhD student of Dr J.J. Zhang, was interviewed by the UB Post (Mongolia's leading English-language news outlet) on international volunteering in Mongolia while conducting her fieldwork in Ulaanbaatar. Alice also shared about her research on volunteer tourism in a TV interview by the Mongolian National Broadcaster in July 2017.
Professor Becky P.Y. Loo has been invited to give a Keynote Speech at the First EASTS PhD and Early Career Researcher Accelerator Forum (17 September, 2017) in Vietnam

Dr Ng Cho Nam has been appointed to the Task Force on Land Supply in August 2017

Dr Simon Zhao was interviewed by South China Morning Post on the redevelopment of Chikan old town (Guangdong Province) into a heritage tourism site.

Professor Becky P.Y. Loo has been awarded the CILTHK President Award 2017

Dr Alex Lo was interviewed by the CNN on China's climate change policies.
Dr J.J. Zhang was interviewed by South China Morning Post on the future of red light districts in Hong Kong.
Dr Alex Lo delivered an invited plenary speech at the International Conference on Regional Development, which was held in Semarang, Indonesia during 9-11 November 2016 and sponsored by the Government of Semarang City.
Professor Becky P.Y. Loo has been invited to give a Keynote Speech at the Tourist Behaviour Research Conference 2016 (23-26 September) in Jinan, Shandong, China.
Huge congratulations to our final year (BSocSc) student, Cheng Kwan Yee, Queenie, who has been awarded the prestigious Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong Scholarship! The scholarship supports Queenie's Honours Dissertation titled 'Internationalisation of academic migrants and their notion of home - a study of Singaporean academics in Hong Kong'. She is supervised by Dr J.J. Zhang. Well done, Queenie!
Anna WU Yifei, a PhD student of Professor George Lin has won the Best Student Paper Award in the 'China Geography Specialty Group' in the recent 2016 AAG Annual Meeting. The title of her paper is 'Reproducing urban space with over-drafted capital: mega-events, local debts, and spectacular urbanism in China'. Well done, and congratulations!

Timo Henrik Sysioe, our very own BSocSc (2011) and MPhil (2013) student, has recently been awarded the prestigious President's Graduate Scholarship by the National University of Singapore to pursue his PhD in the Department of Geography, NUS. Congratulations and well done, Timo!

Congratulations to Dr James Wang, who has been awarded the Public Policy Research (PPR) Fund for his project titled 'Hongkong-Shenzhen-Guangzhou as a Multi-gateway Trading City-region for Cross-border E-retailing: A Geographical Analysis'.
HKU Geography sees a significant rise in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject. Our Department has been ranked 13th in the world in ‘Geography and Area Studies’. This is up from 19th in 2015, and 25th in 2014. According to the subject league table, we are No. 2 in Asia, and No. 1 in the Greater China Region.
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Per invitation by our department head Prof. David D. ZhangProf. Fahu Chen, vice-president of Lanzhou University and a CAS Academician, visited the department on 25 Feb 2016 for academic and research exchange.Agreements were reached to strengthen research collaborations on climate change and human responses. Drs. Harry F. Lee, Jinbao Li and Qing Pei joined the discussion.
On 25 Oct 2015, Dr. Wendy Y. Chen was invited to give a talk entitled "valuation of urban ecosystem service in China: progress, challenges and perspectives" in a Sino-German collaborative research workshop on "Green Cities: The Value of Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services" organised by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conversation, Technische Universität Berlin, the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, and Wenjiang Environmental Protection Bureau (Chengdu).
Dr. J.J. Zhang was invited as a discussant at the Contesting Territory - Sovereignty, Tourism and Aesthetics International Symposium in Fukuoka, Japan (23 November 2015). He also delivered a guest lecture to graduate students of Comparative Studies on Politics in Asia (course on Border Studies in Asia) at Kyushu University.

Dr. Jinbao Li was invited to deliver a keynote speech at the fourth China Tree-Ring Symposium in Fuzhou, Fujian province, China (7-9 November, 2015). His talk was about "Moisture increase in response to high-altitude warming evidenced by tree-rings on the southeastern Tibetan Plateau". Dr. Li also provided a 2-hr training on tree-ring research methodology to over 100 postgraduate students attending the symposium.

Mr. Teng Li, our department's PhD candidate, also gave a talk on his work related to minimum temperature change on the east central Tibetan Plateau since A.D.1451.
Dr J.J. Zhang was interviewed by China Daily on Hong Kong's losing appeal among mainland Chinese tourists during the National Day holiday.
Prof. Becky Loo has been invited to deliver a keynote speech at the 2017 Worldwide Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) conference in Brisbane, Australia (2-6 July 2017).
Congratulations to Dr. P.C. Lai, who has been promoted to Professor!
Congratulations to Dr. Harry F. Lee, who has been awarded the RGC General Research Fund for his project on the climate-conflict nexus in historical agrarian China!

Dr. J.J. Zhang has been invited as a panelist in the 2015 Social & Cultural Geography Workshop in Kunming, China (16-20 July 2015).

Prof. C. Y. Jim has been invited to deliver a keynote speech at the Cities and Urban Archipelagos Conference in HKU (March 2016).

Dr. Harry F. Lee has been invited to present at the Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2015 in Makuhari Messe, Japan (24-28 May 2015).

The QS World University Ranking has raised HKU Geography from 25th in 2014 
to 19th in 2015.
World ranking in Geography
Asia ranking in Geography

Prof. D.D. ZhangDrs. Lee F. and Li J. and Pei Q. have published an article, "The Pulse of Imperial China: a quantitative analysis of long-term geopolitical and climatic cycles", on Global Ecology and Biogeography 24 (1), 87-96 (2015). The journal is ranked number one in physical geography with the impact factor of 7.9. The article can be downloaded free.

Prof. David D. Zhang has recently been appointed as an Editor in Progress in Physical Geography, a prestigious journal that publishes the leading review and development papers in physical geography (ranked 5 in physical geography and is a top 10% journal in Geosciences category. The journal has an impact factor of 3.88). Prof. Zhang is mainly responsible for the submissions from Asia region. His duty starts in 2015.