Tell us a little about your background
My PhD thesis is on the relationship between urban (micro-)climate and built environment under future climate change, which I spent most of my time on numerical modelling and hence formulated planning and design recommendations. However, I realised that climate science is not sufficient to deal with the climatic challenges - human dimensions also play an important role in climate adaptation and mitigation. As such, I started to work on human thermal comfort in the built environment after my PhD study. It aims to take into account people's perception in the planning and design of our cities. When I worked in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, I established a number of inter-disciplinary collaborations with both local and overseas partners. We explore the inter-relationships between climate, built environment, and health and well-being. We are working on "research impacts" by translating the scientific findings into evidence-based practical guidance for policy makers and professional practitioners. Two important ones are the establishment of air ventilation assessment system and sustainable building design guidelines in Hong Kong.
How can your students benefit from your research?
I would like to introduce students with the importance of climatic knowledge in the context of urban planning and building design. In order to design our cities to prepare for future climatic challenges, it is necessary to acquire knowledge about how cities and landscape shape our local climate. Traditional knowledge teaches us how to adapt to the climate while modern science prepares us to deal with the uncertainties we will face in the future. Students will also be able to learn how to apply climatic knowledge in real-world cases so that they are prepared to take what they learn about climate and environment to the professions.
Do you have any advice for new students?
Students are expected to know more about our climate shapes our cities and vice versa. They shall pay more attention on how the weather and climate affect the way we live, our behaviour, and how our cities and buildings are designed to adapt to the climate. To feel our cities and the dynamics would make the planning and design of our cities more attractive and liveable. I hope students would enjoy this journey to a new dimension.