Sun, Guibo

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. My research focuses on (1) Transport Infrastructure Development: I use natural experimental studies to investigate the impact of new urban rail transit on urban sustainability and healthy living of mega- and medium-sized cities in China. I am interested in the impact of high-speed railways on regional development and economic performance, with a particular interest in the lagged fortune regions in the belt-and-road initiative; (2) Spatial Data Infrastructure Development: I have a rich experience in constructing fine-scale spatial data infrastructure for smart and healthy city research and application. I led the mapping of a three-dimensional pedestrian network for the high-density city of Hong Kong. Working with Hong Kong governmental sectors, the network is becoming a data infrastructure for the city. I am also interested in constructing regional-scale spatial database and modelling for the environmental and social risk assessment, which will be focused on the belt-and-road economic corridors. I received my PhD in Geoinformation Science and Human Geography from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2014). After doctoral training, I have four-years research experiences as a research associate, postdoctoral fellow, and research assistant professor.

Position held

Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong, 2018/04 — now
Research Assistant Professor: Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong,2017/07-2018/04
Postdoctoral Fellow: Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong, 2016/02-2017/07
Research Associate: Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2014/12-2016/02
Research Associate (Honorary Research Fellow from 2017/03 -): The Laboratory for Urban Process Modeling and Applications, Peking University, 2014/08-2014/12
Visiting Academic: Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, 2013/12-2014/03
Visiting Fellow: Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University, 2013/09-2013/12
Research Intern (PhD candidate): United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, 2013/02-2013/04

Peer-reviewed papers:

G. Sun, C. Webster, M. Ni, X. Zhang. Measuring high density built environment for public health research: Uncertainty with respect to data, indicator design and spatial scale. Geospatial health, 653: 1-16, 2018. DOI:10.4081/gh.2018.653

G. Sun, X. Han, S. Sun, N. Oreskovic. Living in school catchment neighbourhoods: Perceived built environments and active commuting behaviour in children of China. Journal of Transport & Health, (8) 251-261, 2018.

G. Sun, C. Webster, A. Chiaradia. Un-gating the cities: A permeability perspective. Urban Studies,1-17, 2017, DOI: 10.1177/0042098017733943

G. Sun, J. Zacharias. Can bicycle relieve overcrowded metro? Managing short-distance travel in BeijingSustainable Cities and Society, 35: 323–330, 2017

Sun, C. Webster, A. Chiaradia. Objective assessment of station approach routes: development and reliability of an audit for walking environments around metro stations in China. Journal of Transport & Health, (4):191–207, 2017

G. Sun, J. Zacharias and B. Ma, N. Oreskovic. How do metro stations integrate with walking environments? Results from walking access within three types of built environment in Beijing. Cities, 56: 91-98, 2016.

G. Sun,R. Haining, H. Lin, N. Oreskovic, J. He. Comparing the perception with the reality of walking in a hilly environment: an accessibility method applied to a university campus in Hong Kong. Geospatial Health, 10(340), 32-39, 2015.

G. Sun, R.A. Acheampong, H. Lin, V.C. Pun. Understanding Walking Behavior among University Students Using Theory of Planned Behavior. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(11):13794-13806, 2015.

G. Sun, N. Oreskovic, H. Lin. How do changes to the built environment influence walking behaviours? A longitudinal study within a university campus in Hong Kong. International Journal of Health Geographics, 13(1), 28, 2014 (BioMed Central Highly Accessed Paper)

Book chapters

C. Webster, J. Ruan, G. Sun. Private gains and social costs of China’s gated communities. In Yasushi Watanabe (Eds). Handbook of Cultural Security. Edward Elgar, 2017.

H. Lin, G. Sun, R. Li. The influence of built environment on walking behaviour: measurement issues, theoretical considerations, modelling methodologies and Chinese empirical studies. In Kwan, M.-P., Richardson, D., Wang, D., Zhou, C. (Eds.) Space-Time Integration in Geography and GIScience: Research Frontiers in the U.S. and China. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014.

G. Sun,H. Lin, R. Li. Measuring the influence of built environment on walking behaviour: an accessibility approach. In N. Xiao, M.-P. Kwan, M. Goodchild, & S. Shekhar (Eds.), Geographic Information Science (Vol. 7478, pp. 187-197, Lecture Notes in Computer Science): Springer Heidelberg, 2012.

H. Lin, G. Sun.Review of walking studies in urban China. In Annual Report of Development of Chinese Cities, China City Press, 2012.

Working paper:

G. Sun. The impact of urban rail transit on travels in medium-sized cities of China.


Principal Investigator: A natural experimental study of impacts of urban rail transit on active travel in medium-sized cities in China’. (National Natural Science Foundation, 2016.01-2019.12)

Principal Investigator: Walkable environment design guideline and land use policy and practice of the extension of metro line 4 in Guangzhou, China. (Nansha urban planning centre fund, 2014.12-2015.12)

Principal Investigator: Walkability and housing price in high-density cities of China. (University Research Committee Seed Funding, 2017.11-2019.11)

Co-Investigator: Pedestrian accessibility modelling for high-density built environment around urban rail transit station. (National Natural Science Foundation, 2015.01-2018.12)

Co-Investigator: Built environment correlates of children’ physical activity and active space in Beijing. (National Social Science Fund of China, 2016.07-2018.07)