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Prof. Becky P.Y. Loo (head)
盧佩瑩 教授 (系主任)


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Becky P.Y. Loo is Professor of Geography (Full Professor since 2009) at the University of Hong Kong. She is the Director of the Institute of Transport Studies at the University of Hong Kong. Becky's current research interests are transportation, e-technologies and society. In particular, she is interested in applying spatial analysis, surveys and statistical methods in analyzing pertinent issues related to sustainable transportation. Key issues that she has been tackling include carbon dioxide emissions from transport sources, regional transport infrastructure (including airports, ports and railways) and development, transit-oriented development and walkable communities, and road safety. In addition, she is conducting research on the pervasive effects of e-technologies (defined as microelectronics, informatics and telecommunications) on society.

She has over 240 publications (including eight books and 79 research journal articles, excluding Editorials and Book Reviews) and obtained more than HK$12 million and HK$15 million of research grants as the Principle Investigator (PI) and PI/Co-investigator respectively. In 2006, she was awarded the Outstanding Young Researcher. In view of her outstanding teaching achievements, she was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2008. She was part of the winning teams of the Most Outstanding Community Partnership Award in 2011 and the Outstanding Health Promotion Project Award in 2015 given by the Food and Health Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government. Her distinguished services to the Government include, among others, serving on the Air Transport Licensing Authority, the Road Safety Council, the Transport Advisory Committee, and the Harbourfront Commission. Her services to the transport profession include serving as the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transport and Geography of the International Geographical Union (IGU) and an International Vice-President of CILT International. Given her research excellence, Becky is often invited to advise on overseas research grant councils and promotion cases. Some of these major research grant councils include the European Research Council (ERC), Chilean Government National Fund for Scientific & Technological Development (FONDECYT), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK, Social Sciences and Humanities, Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC), National Science Foundation (NSF) USA and the Research Grants Council (RGC) Hong Kong and the Research Council of Oman.

Becky is Founding co-Editor-in-Chief of Travel Behaviour and Society (Elsevier) and Associate Editor of the Journal of Transport Geography (Elsevier; 2014 IF: 2.650) and Transportmetrica A: Transport Science (Taylor and Francis; IF: 1.333). She is a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (Taylor and Francis; IF: 2.548), Journal of Urban Technology (Routledge; IF: 0.978), International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics (Inderscience; IF: 0.862), and Geographical Research地理研究 (Chinese Academy of Sciences, CAS; CSSCI). Becky enjoys international and multidisciplinary research and has visited the University of Oxford, UK (as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar, DVS), the University of Birmingham, UK (as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow), the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, UC or PUC), the University of Montreal, Canada, and Griffith University, Australia for a period of two weeks to one month. She was formerly Associate Dean of the Graduate School (01/2014-12/2015) and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (07/2008-08/2011) at the University of Hong Kong.

Research Interests
Transport and society: 
Sustainable transport, travel behavioural modelling and road safety

Information and  communication technologies: 
Internet development and impacts on society

Spatial analysis: 
Applied GIS

Economic geography: 
Globalization, regional development
GEOG2030 6 credits Global Development
GEOG3412 6 credits Geography of Poverty and Wealth
GEOG3420  6 credits Transport and the Society
GEOG7001 6 credits Survey and Data Analysis in Transport Studies
GEOG7011 6 credits Research Methods in Transport Studies
Latest Publications


Loo, Becky P.Y., Amy H.T. Cheng, and Samantha L. Nichols (2017) “Transit-oriented Development on Greenfield versus Infill Sites: Some Lessons from Hong Kong.” Landscape and Urban Planning 167: 37-48. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.05.013 (IF2016=4.563).

Loo, Becky P.Y., Winnie W.Y. Lam, Rathi Mehandran, and Keiko Katagiri (2017) “How is the Neighbourhood Environment related to the Health of Seniors in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo? Some Insights for Promoting Ageing-in-place.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 107(4): 812-828 DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2016.1271306 (IF2016=2.799)

Loo, Becky P.Y. (forthcoming) “Realising Car-free Developments within Compact Cities.” Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineer: Municipal Engineer(Online First) DOI: 10.1680/jmuen.16.00060(IF2016=0.196)

Loo, Becky P.Y. and Wang, Bo (forthcoming) “Progress of E-development in China since 1998.”Telecommunications Policy (Online First) DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2017.03.001 (IF2016=1.526)

Loo, Becky P.Y. and Wang, Bo (forthcoming) “Factors Associated with the Home-based E-working and E-shopping in Nanjing, China.” Transportation (Online First) DOI: 10.1007/s11116-017-9792-0(IF2016=2.633)

Leung, Kevin Y.K. and Becky P.Y. Loo (forthcoming) “Association of Children’s Mobility and Wellbeing: A Case Study in Hong Kong.” Travel Behaviour and Society(Online First) DOI:10.1016/j.tbs.2017.07.004

Loo, Becky P.Y. and Frederic du Verle (2017)  “Transit-oriented Development in Future Cities: Towards a Two-level Sustainable Mobility Strategy.” International Journal of Urban Sciences 21(Supp 1): 54-67 DOI:10.1080/12265934.2016.1235488

Loo, Becky P.Y., Rathi Mehandran, Keiko Katagiri and Winjnie W.Y. Lam (2017) “Walking, Neighbourhood Environment and Quality of Life among Older People.”Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 25: 8-13 DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2017.02.005 (IF2016=3.954)

Li, Linna and Becky P.Y. Loo (2017) “Mobility Impairment, Social Engagement, and Life Satisfaction among the Older Population in China: A Structural Equation Modelling Analysis.” Quality of Life Research26(5): 1273-1282 DOI: 10.1007/s11136-016-1444-x(IF2016=2.344)

Wang, Bo and Becky P.Y. Loo (forthcoming) “Hubs of Internet Enterpreneurs: The Emergence of Coworking Offices in Shanghai, China.” Journal of Urban Technology(Online First) DOI:10.1080/10630732.2017.1285124(IF2016=1.562)

Li, Linna and Becky P.Y. Loo (2017) “Railway Development and Air Patronage in China, 1993-2012: Implications for Low-carbon Transport.” Journal of Regional Science 57(3): 507-522 DOI: 10.1111/jors.12276 (IF2016=1.743)

Cui, Jianqiang, Becky P.Y. Loo, and Dong Lin (2017) “Travel Behaviour and Mobility Needs of Older Adults in an Ageing and Car-dependent Society.” International Journal of Urban Sciences 21(2): 109-128 DOI: 10.1080/12265934.2016.1262785

Wu, Connor Y.H. and Becky P.Y. Loo (2017) “Changes in Novice Motorcyclist Safety in Hong Kong after the Probationary Driving License Scheme.”Transportmetrica A: Transport Science 13(5): 435-448DOI: 10.1080/23249935.2017.1289277(IF2016=2.033)



Li, Linna and Becky P.Y. Loo (In Press) “Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Urban Transport in China: Geographical Characteristics and Future Challenges.” 中国城市交通的碳排放地理特征与展望Geographical Research地理研究 (in Chinese).

Li, Linna and Becky P.Y. Loo (In Press) “Impact Analysis of Airport Infrastructure within a Sustainability Framework: Case Studies on the Hong Kong International Airport” International Journal of Sustainable Transportation. DOI: 10.1080/15568318.2016.1149647.

Li, Linna and Becky P.Y. Loo (In Press) “Railway development and air patronage in China, 1993-2012: implications for low-carbon transport.” Journal of Regional Science (accepted)

Loo, B.P.Y. and K.L. Tsui (2016) “Contributory Factors to Critically Wrong Road-crossing Judgments among Older People: An Integrated Research Study.” Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine 23(1):13-24.

Loo, Becky P.Y. and Tessa Kate Anderson. (2016) Spatial Analysis Methods of Road Traffic Collisions.  CRC Press. (ISBN 9781439874127 - CAT# K13435).

Wu, Connor Y.H. and Becky P.Y. Loo (In Press) “Motorcycle Safety among Motorcycle Taxi Drivers and Non-occupational Motorcyclists in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Maoming, South China.” Traffic Injury Prevention. DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2015.1048336.

Yao, Shenjun, Becky P.Y. Loo and Bruce Zi Yang (2016) “Traffic Collisions in Space: Four Decades of Advancement in Applied GIS” Annals of GIS 22: 1-14. DOI: 10.1080/19475683.2015.1085440.



Cheng, Yuk-shing, Becky P.Y. Loo and Roger Vickerman (2015) “High-speed Rail Networks and Economic Integration in China and Europe.” Travel Behaviour and Society 2(1): 1-14.  DOI: 10.1016/j.tbs.2014.07.002.

Chow, Alice S.Y. and Becky P.Y. Loo (2015) “Applying a World-city Network Approach to Globalizing Higher Education: Conceptualization, Data Collection and the List of World Cities” Higher Education Policy 28: 107-126. DOI:10.1057/hep.2014.31

Loo, Becky P.Y. and Claude Comtois, Editors. (2015) Sustainable Railway Futures: Issues and Challenges. Surrey: Ashgate (Transport & Mobility Research Monograph Series) (ISBN 978-1-4094-5244-7).

Loo, Becky P.Y. and Winnie W.Y. Lam (2015) “Does Neighbourhood Count in Affecting Children’s Journeys to Schools?” Children’s Geographies 13(1): 89-113. Doi:10.1080/14733285.2013.828450.

Schepers, Paul, Niels Agerholm, Emmanuelle Amoros, Rob Benington, Torkel Bjørnskau, Stijn Dhondt, Bas de Geus, Carmen Hagemeister, Becky P.Y. Loo and Anna Niska (2015) “An International Review of the Hidden Problem of Single-bicycle Crashes.” Injury Prevention 21: e138-e143. DOI: 10.1136/injuryprev-2013-040964.

Yao, Shenjun, Becky P.Y. Loo and Winnie W.Y. Lam (2015) “Measures of Pedestrian Activity-based Exposure to the Risk of Vehicle-pedestrian Collisions: Space-time Path vs Potential Path Tree Methods” Accident Analysis and Prevention 75: 320-332. Doi:10.1016/j.aap.2014.12.005.

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Prizes and Awards

Outstanding Health Promotion Project Award 2015

Most Outstanding Community Partnership Award 2011

Outstanding Teaching Award 2008

Outstanding Young Researcher 2006   

Research Grants Funding

See below.

Invitation to give a keynote speech at a conference/ academic event

World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2017, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. July 3-6, 2017. [Plenary Speaker]

Seoul Metropolitan Forum, University of Seoul. November 19-20, 2015. [Invited Speaker]

Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Brisbane, Australia, July 30 2015. [Invited Speaker]

International Symposium on “Urban Environment and Health: Interdisciplinary Approach”, Kobe University, January 7, 2015. [Keynote Speaker].

Academic Psychiatry Conference 2014, organized by Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS), Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Health System (NUHS), and National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore, October 30-November 1 2014. [Invited Speaker]

Centre de recherche en amenagement et developpement (CRAD), Faculte d’amenagement, d’architecture, d’art et de design, Universite Lavel, Canada, August 25 2014. [Invited Speaker]

Low-carbon Cities: Land Use and Transportation Interventions, Shaanxi Normal University and University of Minnesota, Xian, China, June 12-13 2014. [Invited Speaker]

International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) 2014: Sustainable Development in Shipping and Transport Logistics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, May 19-21 2014. [Keynote Speaker]

Sao Carlos School of Engineering, University of Sao Paulo (USP), Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 22 2014. [Invited Speaker]

Centro de Desarrollo Urbano Sustentable (CEDEUS), Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC), Santiago, Chile, April 16 2014. [Invited Speaker]

Department of Transport and Logistics Engineering, School of Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC), Santiago, Chile, April 15 2014. [Invited Speaker]

Transport Studies Unit, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, March 12 2014. [Invited Speaker]

Symposium of Space-time Behavior and Smart City & The 9th Conference on Spatial Behavior and Planning, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, January 4-5 2014. [Keynote Speaker]

Department of Urban Planning, Nanjing University, January 3 2014. [Invited Speaker]

Journal Editorial Board
  • Geographical Research地理研究 (Chinese Academy of Sciences, CAS; Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research)
  • Injury Epidemiology (Springer)
  • International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics (InderScience)
  • International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (Francis and Taylor)
  • Journal of Transport Geography (Elsevier)
  • Journal of Transport and Land Use (University of Minnesota)
  • Journal of Urban Technology (Routledge)
  • Transportmetrica A: Transport Science (Francis and Taylor)
  • Travel Behaviour and Society (Elsevier)
Major Research Grants

Understanding Children's Independent Mobility and their Road-crossing Ability: Challenges and Opportunities in Hong Kong (PI), RGC GRF.

Revisiting the "Three Ds" in Transit-oriented Development (TOD): A People-centred and Place-based Perspective (PI), RGC GRF.

Promoting Active Transportation for the Elderly: A Comparative Study of Three Asian Cities (PI), NUS Initiative to Improve Health in Asia, NUS.

Understanding and Enhancing the Mobility and Safety of Elderly Pedestrians (PI), RGC GRF.

Rail-based Transit-oriented Development: Urban Structure and Geographical Characteristics (PI), RGC GRF.

Research on Hot Zones: Facing the Theoretical and Methodological Challenges (PI), RGC GRF.

From the Black Spot to "Black Zone" Methodology in Road Safety Research: A Case Study of Hong Kong (PI), RGC CERG.

Improving Air Quality in Hong Kong: The Views of Public Transport Operators on Sustainable Transport (PI), RGC CERG.

Current Research Projects

“Walkability” in Pedestrian Planning and Enhancement of Pedestrian Networks in Hong Kong (PI), PLB(Q)016/2015.

Understanding Children's Independent Mobility and their Road-crossing Ability: Challenges and Opportunities in Hong Kong (PI), RGC GRF.