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Introduction

INTRODUCTION

China, one of the most populous and rapidly developing nations in the world, is undergoing dramatic social and economic transformation, which is viewed as a major historical event of the twentieth century. In connection to this unparalleled transformation, the demand for knowledge of current events in China and their global implications is greater than ever.

 

The China Development Studies programme emphasizes a comprehensive understanding of China through its global-local interactions and regional variations in politics, economy, trade, investment, environment, policy making, tourism, and urban development. The prime objective of the programme is to educate students to become capable personnel for firms and institutions in private and public sectors that hold a strong interest in China-related business and development.

 

The programme provides an opportunity to local and international students for systematic training and independent research on development issues in contemporary China. The curriculum includes Chinese economies, international trade and foreign direct investment in China, globalisation and spatial economic transformation in China, China's cultural and urban development, China’s public policies and regional development, climate change and environmental resources in China, cultural tourism, environment and sustainable development, sustainable urban and transport planning, tourism, land governance and development, and a field trip to China. Moreover, a capstone experience component is included in the curriculum that provides the students with a platform to acquire research skills through the completion of a dissertation or directed project under the supervision of a designated teacher. The Contemporary China Seminar Series is also an integral part of the programme.

Academic Staff

ACADEMIC STAFF

Course Teachers and Dissertation Supervisors

  FULL-TIME HKU TEACHING STAFF  
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Programme Director

Professor Junxi QIAN

BSc (Sun Yat-sen); PhD (Edinburgh, UK)

Associate Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

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Professor Patrick ADLER

BA, MA (Toronto); PhD (UCLA)

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

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Professor Yanjia CAO

MS (SUNY- Buffalo); PhD (UMaryland/UIowa)

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

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Professor Ben A GERLOFS

BA (Aquinas College); MA (Syracuse); PhD (Rutgers)

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

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Professor K (Peter) KOH

BA, MA (Seoul National University); PhD (Michigan State University)

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

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Professor Becky P Y LOO, JP

BA, PhD (HK); FAcSS; FCILT

Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

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Professor Frank van der WOUDEN

BSc, MSc (Utrecht); PhD (UCLA)

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

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Professor Hongsheng ZHANG

BE, ME (SCNU); PhD (CUHK)

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

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Programme Chief Examiner

Professor George C S LIN

BSc, MSc (Zhongshan); MA (Akron); PhD (Brit Col)

Department Head and Chair Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

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Professor Wesley ATTEWELL

BA Hon; MA; PhD (UBC)

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

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Professor Wendy Y CHEN

BSc, MSc (Zhongshan); PhD (HK)

Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

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Professor Benjamin L IAQUINTO

BSc (Hons) (Monash); PhD (Melbourne)

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

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Deputy Programme Director

Professor Jinbao LI

BS, MS (Lanzhou); PhD (Columbia)

Associate Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

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Dr He WANG

BS (PKU); MA (Syracuse); PhD (Syracuse)

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Geography, HKU

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Professor Zhenci XU

BSc (China Agricultural University); PhD (Michigan State University, US)

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

  HONORARY/PART-TIME TEACHING STAFF  

Dr. Michael W H CHAN

Honorary Lecturer

Department of Geography, HKU

BA, MPhil, PhD (HK)

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Dr. Zhiran HUANG

Honorary Lecturer

Department of Geography, HKU

B.Eng. (Tianjin, USTB), MSc (Polimi); PhD (HK)

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Dr. Larry C.B. LAI

Honorary Lecturer

Department of Geography, HKU

BA (Hons)(CityU HK); MA (UCL); MPhil, PhD (HK)

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Mr. Anthony W C LEUNG

Honorary Lecturer

Department of Geography, HKU

BA (Hons), MBA (Manitoba); MAChDS (HK); MAES (CityU HK)

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Dr. Yinyi LIN

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Geography, HKU

B.Eng. (Wuhan); PhD (CUHK)

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Dr. Ruilin YANG

Honorary Lecturer

Department of Geography, HKU

BA, MA, PhD (Toronto)

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Professor Maria del Mar FRANCESCH-HUIDOBRO

Adjunct Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

MPA; PhD (HK)

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Mr. Ronghao JIANG

Part-Time Lecturer

Department of Geography, HKU

BS & BEc(SCNU), MSc (Wuhan), MSc (EUR)

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Dr. James H LENZER Jr

Honorary Lecturer

Department of Geography, HKU

BSc (Ohio State University); MA, PhD (HK)

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Dr. Xun LI

Honorary Lecturer

Department of Geography, HKU

BSc, MSc (Xiamen); PhD (HK)

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Professor Ian C. MELL

Visiting Professor

Department of Geography, HKU

BSc (Northumbria), MSc (Sussex); PhD (Newcastle)

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Fieldtrip Snapshot

FIELDTRIP SNAPSHOT

2022-2023

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Singapore

2017-2018

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Xinjiang

2015-2016

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Taipei-Kaohsiung-Kinmen-Xiame

2013-2014

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Changchun-Vladivostolc, Russia-North Korea

2011-2012

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Chifeng-Shanyang-Anshan

2009-2010

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Shandong: Qingdao-Yentai-Confucianism

2007-2008

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Beijing: Grand Olympic Game

2005-2006

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Chongqing-Spearhead of Inland China

2003-2004

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Shanghai-Nanjing-YRD

2001-2002

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Shanghai-Ningpo-Henzhou-Huanshan

2018-2019

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Vietnam

2016-2017

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Kuinming–Myanmar

2014-2015

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Zhengzhou-Henan-Central China

2012-2013

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Chongqing-Wulong

2010-2011

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Heilongjiang: Harbin-Dayin-Heihe

2008-2009

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Sichuan: Chengdu-Earthquake Recovery

2006-2007

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Shanghai: Pudong-Daxiao Yangshan Ports

2004-2005

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Wuhan-Three Gorges: Centre of Central China

2002-2003

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Beijing-Tianjin: Capital of China

Contact

CONTACT

10/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

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