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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

Studying at Cambridge


Ada HY Lee

Ada  HY Lee

Planning theory

Communication and engagement

Planning and politics


Ada started her career as a transport and development journalist in Hong Kong, where she is from. The job inspired her to pursue an MPhil in Environmental Policy at the Department of Land Economy in 2014. After finishing her studies, she returned to Hong Kong to work as a research assistant at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She came back to Cambridge for her PhD in 2018, studying under Professor Phil Allmendinger and Mr Kelvin MacDonald. She is a recipient of the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence, Chevening Scholarship and Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship, among other awards.

Research Interests

Ada is particularly interested in the aspects of communication and engagement in planning. Her research focuses on Hong Kong as a semi-democracy and is guided by the theories of post-politics. 


Public Policy ; Public Engagement

Key Publications

Newspaper Representation and Power Relations in Infrastructure Projects: A Case Study of Hong Kong’s Express Rail Link, with Dr Elisabete A Silva of  University of Cambridge, in journal International Planning Studies; DOI: 10.1080/13563475.2016.1254600 (2016)

Smog Fight—Experience from London and Los Angeles, with Dr Chao Ren of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in book Urban Ventilation Assessment and Wind Corridor Plan: Creating Breathing Cities (In Chinese) (2016)

Other Publications

Writer and editor of the HKGBC Guidebook on Urban Microclimate Study, published in 2017

Articles written for the South China Morning Post can be found here: