UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE
Seminars

Chang XIA

Chang XIA
Date:
27-Apr-2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue:
To be held virtually via Zoom
Title:
Human Mobility in Response to Environmental Hazards in China: New Approaches to Environmental Inequalities
Speaker(s):
Mr Chang XIA
PhD Student
Department of Urban Planning and Design
The University of Hong Kong

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Abstract
Many geographic and health literatures seek to explain environmental inequalities through the lens of spatial segregation (e.g. activity space-based segregation), which, however, failed to explain the disparities within populations residing and conducting activities in the same spaces due to different reactions to adverse environmental conditions. This study approaches this issue by reconceptualizing mobility as a response to environmental hazards, and hypothesizing that unequal risks can be (re)produced through facilitating everyday mobilities of the advantaged in avoiding harmful environmental impacts and marginalizing the disadvantaged. An empirical study was conducted in the city of Chengdu, China using a mixed-method approach combing survey and large-scale mobile phone data. The findings unveil the use of everyday mobilities as a risk reduction and adaptation strategy, identify interaction effects of two different hazards, reveal associated disparities across groups with divergent sociodemographic attributes, and further examine scale effects and decision making mechanisms of mobility response to environmental hazards in space−time.


About the Speaker
Mr. Chang XIA is a final-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong. He received his master’s and bachelor’s degree from Wuhan University. His research interests include urban informatics and geographies of health and place, and his thesis aims to go beyond segregation-based environmental inequalities and explore how unequal exposures to environmental hazards are (re)produced through the lens of mobility as a response. He has published articles in reputable journals, such as Annals of the American Association of Geographers, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, and Landscape and Urban Planning.


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