Academic Staff

Prof. Wang Donggen (王冬根教授)

Head of Department and
Chair Professor of Geography
Director of the Centre for China Urban
and Regional Studies

Transport Geography, Time Geography

AAB 1220A
(852) 3411 7128
(852) 3411 5990


  • Ph.D., Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.
  • M.A., Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands.
  • M.Sc. and B.Sc., Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping (now Wuhan University), China.



  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods in Geography
  • Geography of Transportation



  • Co-Editor-in-Chief: Travel Behavior and Society (2013 –);
  • Editorial Board Member: Annals of Association of American Geographers (2014 –2017); Journal of Transport Geography (2013 –); Transportmetrica A (2005 –); Transportmetrica B (2012 –);
  • Chairman, Hong Kong Geographical Association (2009 — 2013);
  • Fellow, Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies (2013 –)



  • Activity-travel behavior
  • Transport and time geography
  • Activity-based socio-spatial segregation
  • Geography of wellbeing
  • Housing choice and residential satisfaction



NSFC grant: (National Science Foundation China: 41971210): “TOD視角的粵港澳大灣區城市空間結構與居民出行行為的研究” (A TOD perspective on the urban spatial structure and travel behavior in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area). Funded by National Science Foundation of China. Starting Year: 2020;

GRF (HKBU12656716), “Exploring the inter-generational trends in daily travel behavior in Hong Kong and Shenzhen”. Funded by the Research Grant Council (RGC) of Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee. Starting Year: 2017

GRF (HKBU12606215) “Exploring and modelling the relationships between residential environment, travel behavior and travel-related subjective wellbeing in Shanghai, China”. Funded by the Research Grant Council (RGC) of Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee. Starting Year: 2016

Mao, Z. & Wang, D. (2020). “Residential relocation and life satisfaction change: Is there a difference between household couples?” Cities. 97: 102565.

Guan, X., Wang, D., & X. J. Cao (2019). “The role of residential self-selection in land use-travel research: a review of recent findings”. Transport Reviews. 1-21

Guan, X. & Wang, D. (2019). “Influences of the built environment on travel: A household-based perspective”. Transportation Research Part A. 130: 710-724.

Wang, F. & Wang, D. (2019). “Changes in residential satisfaction after home relocation: a longitudinal study in Beijing, China”. Urban Studies. (in press).

Wang, D., Schwanen, T., & Mao, Z. (2019). “Does exposure to richer and poorer neighborhoods influence wellbeing?”. Cities. 95: 102408.

Chen, B.Y., Wang, Y., Wang, D., & Lam, W.H.K. (2019). “Understanding travel time uncertainty impacts on the equity of individual accessibility”. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 75:156-169.

Zhou, M., & Wang, D. (2019). “Generational differences in attitudes towards car, car ownership and car use in Beijing”. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 72: 261-278.

Guan, X. & Wang, D. (2019). “Residential self-selection in the built environment-travel behavior connection: Whose self-selection?” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 67: 16-32.

Wang, D. and Lin, T. (2019). “Built environment, travel behavior, and residential self-selection: a study based on panel data from Beijing, China”. Transportation.  46(1): 51-74.

Wang, Y., Chen, B.Y., Yuan, H., Wang, D., Lam, W.H.K., & Li, Q. (2018). “Measuring temporal variation of location-based accessibility using space-time utility perspective”. Journal of Transport Geography. 73:13-24.

Yao, M. & Wang, D. (2018). “Mobility and travel behavior in urban China: The role of institutional factors”. Transport Policy. 69:122-131.

Lin, T., Wang, D., & Zhou, M. (2018). “Residential relocation and changes in travel behavior: what is the role of social context change?” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice. 111: 360-374.

Chen, B. Y., Wang, Y., Wang, D., Li, Q., Lam, W. H., & Shaw, S. L. (2018). “Understanding the impacts of human mobility on accessibility using massive mobile phone tracking data”. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 108(4): 1115-1133.

Leung, K.M., Chung, P.K., Wang, D., Liu, J.D. (2018). “Impact of physical and social environments on the walking behaviour of Hong Kong’s older adults”. Journal of Transport & Health. 9: 299-308.

Zhou, M., & Wang, D. (2018). “Investigating inter-generational changes in activity-travel behavior: a disaggregate approach”. Transportation, 1-45.

Leung, K. M., Chung, P. K., Yuen, T. L., Liu, J. D., & Wang, D. (2018). “Psychometric Properties of the Modified Social Environment Questionnaire (SEQ-C) in Chinese Older Adults”. Journal of aging and physical activity. 2^(4): 530-536.

Lin, T., Wang, D., and Guan, X. (2017), “The built environment, travel attitude, and travel behavior: Residential self-selection or residential determination?” Journal of Transport Geography. 65: 111-122.

Yao, M., Wang, D. and Yang, H. (2017). “A game-theoretic model of car ownership and household time allocation”. Transportation Research Part B. 104: 667-685.

Wang, D. and Cao, J. (2017). “Impacts of the built environment on activity-travel behavior: are there differences between public and private housing residents in Hong Kong?” Transportation Research Part A. 103: 25-35.

Wang, D. and Zhou, M. (2017). “The built environment and travel behavior in urban China: a literature review”. Transportation Research Part D. 52: 574-585.

Zhou, M., Wang, D., Li, Q., Yue, Y., Tu, W., and Cao, R. (2017). “Impacts of weather on public transport ridership: Results from mining data from different sources”. Transportation Research Part C. 75: 17-29.

Ding, C., Wang, D., Liu, C., Zhang, Y., and Yang, J. (2017). “Exploring the influence of built environment on travel mode choice considering the mediating effects of car ownership and travel distance”. Transportation Research Part A. 100: 65-80.

Chen, B., Yuan, H., Li, Q., Wang, D., Shaw, S.L., Chen, H.P., and Lam, W.H.K. (2017). “Measuring place-based accessibility under travel time uncertainty”. International Journal of Geographical Information Science. 31(4): 783-804.

Li, F. and Wang, D. (2017). “Measuring urban segregation based on individuals’ daily activity patterns: A multidimensional approach”. Environment and Planning A. 49(2): 467–486.

Wang, D. and Li, F. (2016). “Daily activity space and exposure: A comparative study of Hong Kong’s public and private housing residents’ segregation in daily life”. Cities. 59: 148-155.

Wang, D. and Li, F. (2016). “Daily activity space and exposure: A comparative study of Hong Kong’s public and private housing residents’ segregation in daily life”. Cities. 59: 148-155.

Cao, X. and Wang, D. (2016). “Environmental correlates of residential satisfaction: An exploration of mismatched neighborhood characteristics in the Twin Cities”. Landscape and Urban Planning. 150: 26-35.

Wang, F. and Wang, D. (2016). “Geography of urban life satisfaction: An empirical study of Beijing”. Travel Behaviour and Society, 5: 14-22.

Wang, D. and He, S. (2016) eds. Mobility, Sociability and Well-being of Urban Living. Springer. 282 pages.

Wang, D. (2015), “Place, context, and activity-travel behavior”, Journal of Transport Geography, 47: 84-89.

Wang, D. (2015) ed. Geographies of Activity-Travel BehaviorJournal of Transport Geography. Special Issue, 47: 84-138.

Lin, T. and Wang, D. (2015). “Tradeoffs between in- and out-of-residential neighborhood locations for discretionary activities and time use: do social contexts matter?” Journal of Transport Geography. 47: 119-127.

Wang, D. and Wang, F. (2015). “Contributions of the Usage and Affective Experience of the Residential Environment to Residential Satisfaction”. Housing Studies. 31(1): 42-60.

Kwan, M.-P., Richardson, D., Wang, D., and Zhou, C. (2015) eds. Space-Time Integration in Geography and GIScience: Research Frontiers in the US and China. Springer. 412 pages.

Tao Lin and Wang, D. (2014). “Social Networks and Joint/Solo Activity-Travel Behavior”. Transportation Research Part A. 68: 18-31.

Loo, Becky P.Y. and Wang, D. (2014) eds. Changing Landscapes of Transport and Logistics in China. Journal of Transport Geography, Special Issue. 40: 1-164.

Schwanen, T. and Wang, D. (2014), “Well-being, context, and everyday activities in space and time”. Annals of American Association of Geographers. 104(4): 833-851

Wang, D. and T. Lin (2014). “Residential Self-Selection, Built Environment and Travel Behavior in the Chinese context”. Journal of Transport and Land Use. 7(3): 5-14.

Li, F. and Wang, D. (2014). “Cyberspace: Connected or Segregated? From Digital Divide to Virtual Segregation”. Environment and Planning B. 41(2): 323 – 340