I am Associate Professor of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong. I served as the first Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty from 2011 to 2016. My field of research is regional and urban development with a primary focus on China. One main area of my research interest is urban and regional development theories as applied in China, with special reference to urban agglomerations. Another main area is in cooperation and competition among cities and regional economic development, which includes a systematic study of the economic interactions between Hong Kong and her neighbouring economic districts in the Greater Pearl River Delta region.
I had been primarily involved in the teaching of postgraduate courses on urban and regional planning and supervising research postgraduates. In 2014, I was awarded the Doris Zimmern HKU-Cambridge Hughes Hall Fellowship and was a visiting scholar to the Department of Land Economy, Cambridge University. I am recipient of the University Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award in 2014. I also hold visiting appointments at Department of Geography, University of Szeged, Hungary and several tertiary institutes of China. I am appointed as visiting professor of the Peking Normal University, Zhuhai.
Professionally, I am a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, UK and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. I have also served on various professional bodies, including being elected as Chairman of the Hong Kong Geographical Association (1999-2001), honourable member of the Institute of Shopping Centre Management (Hong Kong). Member of the International board of directors of Asian Urban Research Association. I am member of the editorial boards of The China Review, Sustainable Development, Asian Geographer, ICE Planning and Design.
Li, L., & Chan, R. C. K. (2017). Contesting China’s engagement with neoliberal urbanism: An overview of the evolving policy and mismatches in urban China. Asian Education and Development Studies, 6(1), 44-56.
Sun, Y., Lin, J., & Chan, R.C.K. (2017). Pseudo use value and output legitimacy of local growth coalitions in China: A case study of the Liede redevelopment project in Guangzhou, Cities, DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2016.10.018
Chan, R.C.K. (2016). Urban Development of Macao: Challenges and Opportunities, China City Planning Review, 25(1), 68-75.
Chan, R.C.K., & Li, L. (2016). Entrepreneurial city and the restructuring of urban space in Shanghai Expo. Urban Geography, 1-21. doi: 10.1080/02723638.2016.1139909
Datta, B.K., & Chan, R.C.K. (2016). Planning for Heritage Conservation and Community Development: Study of Historic Town “Thimi” of Kathmandu Valley. South Asian Journal of Tourism & Heritage, 9(1), 57-78.
Sun, Y., & Chan, R.C.K. (2016). Planning discourses, local state commitment, and the making of a new state space (NSS) for China: Evidence from regional strategic development plans in the Pearl River Delta, Urban Studies, DOI: 10.1177/0042098016665954
Sun, Y., Chan, R.C.K., & Chen, H. (2016). Learning with geographical sensitivity: Place-based education and its praxis, The Professional Geographer, DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2015.1121835
Yao, S., Chan, R.C.K., Yang, Q., Wang, D., & Li, X. (2016). On basic concept of urban agglomeration. In S. Yao, C. Zhou, D. Wang, C. Xiu, C. Wang & M. Chen (Eds.), New Perspectives on Urban Agglomeration of China (pp. 1-44). Beijing: Science Press. (in Chinese).
Sun, Y., Chan, R.C.K., & Chen, H. (2015) Learning with Geographical Sensitivity: Place-based Education and Its Praxis, The Professional Geographer, DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2015.1121835 (Corresponding author)
Xian, S., Chan, R.C.K., & Qi, Z. (2015). Booming provincial-led North–South City-to-city cooperation in China: A case study of Suzhou-Suqian Industrial Park of Jiangsu Province, Cities, 46, 44-54
Chan, R.C.K., & Bhatta, K.D. (2013). Ecotourism Planning and Sustainable Community Development: Theoretical Perspectives for Nepal. South Asian Journal of Tourism & Heritage, 6(1), 69-96.
Zheng, J., & Chan, R.C.K. (2013). A property-led approach to cluster development: ‘Creative industry clusters’ and creative industry networks in Shanghai. Town Planning Review, 84(5), 605-632.
Zhao, X.B., Chan, R.C.K., & Chan, Y.M. (2012). Spatial polarization and dynamic pathways of Foreign Direct Investment in China 1990-2009, Geoforum, 43(4), 836-850.
Chan, R.C.K., & Xian, S. (2012). Assessing the incentives in regional city-to-city cooperation: a case study of Jiangyin-Jingjiang industrial park of Jiangsu province in the Yangtze River Delta Region, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 53(1), 55-68.