Research in Department of Geography

Research in the Department covers a broad range of topics in human geography, physical geography, and environmental science. Our faculty members have a good track record in securing research grants from diverse sources, including the General Research Fund (GRF) administered by the Research Grant Council, the Public Policy Research (PPR) fund administrated by the Central Policy Unit,  and research grants from the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The Department has the most four star (world-leading) research output according to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2014 as announced by the University Grants Committee (UGC) in January 2015. Out of all the research projects submitted by academic staff, 12% reached four stars or world-leading standards, the most among Geography departments at sister institutions in Hong Kong.

Our research activities are structured through four research clusters:

Energy, Sustainability and Resource Management

The research cluster’s questions relate to the sustainable use of natural resources, and are associated with considerations of governance, policy, public participation, socio-economic conditions and cultural levers. The research cluster has a regional focus on China and other East and Southeast Asian countries.

Geoanalytics, GIS and Remote Sensing

The cluster members are committed to improving the applicability and adaptability of geoanalytical methods including spatial modelling, GIS, and remote sensing to advance our understanding of geographical questions. Our research focuses on digital terrain analysis, hydrological modelling, remote sensing, spatial statistics, and travel behaviour studies.

Physical Landscape and Environmental Change

In this research cluster, we engage multidisciplinary initiatives and collaborate with emerging countries to study physical landscape and environmental changes. Using our cutting-edge research outcomes, we explore and provide sustainable solutions to our changing environments.

Urban and Regional Studies

Research in the Urban and Regional Studies cluster uses qualitative and quantitative methods to study the spatial characteristics of the human world with a particular focus on Hong Kong and China. Specifically, our research addresses gaps in knowledge about how contemporary urban and regional transformations are affecting people and places.