Who We Are
We are a group of researchers with expertise in urban environment and community health.
Project coordinator: Dr. Hung Chak Ho (Derrick Ho)
Derrick Ho (Hung Chak Ho) is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong.
Derrick is an applied geographer with major focuses on spatial demography, environmental epidemiology, and urban sustainability. Starting from his undergraduate experiences, Derrick has extensively worked on research projects related to Big Data analytics and spatial modelling for disaster risk management; and regional studies to analyze human-environmental interaction, particularly in environmental health impacts and population stress. Derrick also gets an interest to integrate the research outputs to policy implications and knowledge transfer. This includes a co-development of government-based Heat Exposure Integrated Deprivation Index (HEIDI) with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Canada, for disaster risk reduction of extreme hot weather events.
Derrick has led and participated in various community health projects. His major research projects focus on 1) developing spatiotemporal models to predict environmental exposure, 2) studying spatial relationships between the environmental exposure and urban health risk, and 3) applying sustainable planning protocols to mitigate environmental health risks.
Other research projects of Derrick with the University of Hong Kong have included 1) projects for the development of "disabled-friendly environment" across high-density Asian cities; and 2) community planning studies to evaluate the environmental burdens on population stress across the “Belt and Road” countries, in order to deliver notable information for mitigation and governance.
In addition, Derrick has been co-developing a land development project (www.landdevelopability.org) with the Population Research Institute at the Pennsylvania State University. He has published various papers for environmental risk analyses, land use planning and spatial modelling in high-impact journals.
Current Group Members:
1. Yimeng Song, PhD - Research Associate
Yimeng is an expert of spatio-temporal modelling, urban health and remote sensing. He has published high-impact papers in top-tier journals such as "Environmental Pollution" and "GIScience & Remote Sensing".
2. Hugo Ng, MSc, MUD - Research Assistant
Hugo is an expert of urban studies. He received his master of urban design and master of urban planning from the University of Hong Kong. During his master studies, he has participated in activities to support the sustainable development of "Healthy Street" across Hong Kong.
3. Longxuan Qu, MSc - Research Assistant
Longxuan is an expert of geoinformation science, urban mobility and environmental research. He received his master degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. During his master studies, he has participated in research activities related to public policies for cross-boundary students and accessibility of health services.
Former Group Members:
1. Wei Cheng, PhD - Research Associate
Wei is an expert of GIS modelling, urban studies and environmental research. She has co-published high-impact papers in top-tier journals such as "Science of the Total Environment" and "Building and Environment".