Graduated from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) (global subject ranking 10 in QS 2017), I now serve as an Associate Professor in Dept of Economics and Finance, Hong Kong Shue Yan University (HKSYU). I am the founder and director of Sustainable Real Estate Research Center and Real Estate and Economics Research Lab. I am also an Adjunct Associate Professor in China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, Tianjin University in China and previously served as a visiting Scholar in Department of Land Management, Feng Chia University in Taichung, Taiwan. I first started my academic career as a visiting lecturer in Polytechnic University, then a lecturer, an Assistant Professor and now an Associate Professor in HKSYU. Outside the academia, I am a chartered surveyor by profession. I have also received formal training in arbitration and mediation. I am an associate member of CIArb and HKIArb.
Over the years, I won many local and international awards and grants. I was a recipient of a Fellowship from the US to study the impact of law and culture on housing fittings in China which offered me a chance to present a paper to Prof Douglass North, Nobel Prize Winner (for his contribution in new institutional economics). I also received the top three presenter award among all the fellowship recipients. I previously received a competitive fellowship from Australia Govt to act as a visiting research fellow in School of Natural and Built Environment, University of South Australia (ranks 69 for Engineering and Technology in Times Higher Education) from late May to late September 2014 (worked with my host Prof Simon Beecham, current Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of South Australia). I was also a recipient of a grant issued by Ministry of Education jointly with scholar from People’s Republic of China and a finalist award for competition law research in the US.
My papers are published in Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Environmental Health etc. I am a journal editor for many academic peer review journals and a regular reviewer for Scopus/SSCI/SCI journals such as Journal of Cleaner Production,International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Sustainability, Housing Studies, Journal of Youth Studies (housing only), Land Use Policy, Facilities, Urban Studies etc. I previously served as PhD examiner for students in University of Macau and University Putra Malaysia.
Outside the ivory tower, my research activities have been covered by mass media in different places, such as:
- The Guardian (the UK)
- EcoGisments (France)
- TimeOut magazine (The Dangers of Construction)
- Hong Kong Economic Times, Skypost headline (Hong Kong)
- QOOS (Macau)
- China Review News, (China)
My research on living quality has also been used by RTHK as curriculum for secondary school’s curriculum.