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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics
 

Summary of Research Interests

Urban Studies [Urban Planning and Design, Public Space Design and Place-making]

Migration Studies [Rural-urban Migration, International Migration, Migration Theories]

Regional Studies [Greater Bay Area of China, ASEAN countries]

 

PhD Thesis Title

Shiminhua : The Urbanization of Rural-Urban Migrants
-A Case Study of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) of China

 

Supervisors and Advisor

Professor Shailaja Fennell (Supervisors);

Professor Helen Bao (Advisor)

 

Start Date

Michaelmas 2019

 

End Date

Submission December 2022

 

College

Hughes Hall

 

Education

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Cambridge (2019–present)

  • Henry Lester Trust Scholarship (2019) UCCL Scholarship (2020)
  • Co-Editor, Regional Policy and Practice-Special Issue on Chinese Internal Migration (2021)
  • Founder and Co-convenor, Cambridge Chinese Migration Studies Group 劍橋中國移民研討小組 (2019-)
  • PhD Representative of Land Economy (2019-2020)
  • Organizing Committee, Land Economy Early Career Researcher Conference (ECRC 2021)
  • Athena Swan Land Economy Committee Member-PhD Category (2020-2021)

 

MPhil in Planning, Growth, and Regeneration,

University of Cambridge (2018-2019)

  • Cambridge-Hong Kong Edwin S H Leong Hughes Hall scholarship (£36,000, full scholarship) (2018)
  • Merit Thesis (74/100) on Planner’s Practice of Power Under Institutional Codes: A Case Study of Hong Kong’s Lantau Tomorrow Vision
  • Cambridge Chapter Core Member, Nature Health and Built Environment (NHBE) Research Group (2019)

 

Bachelor of Social Science in Urban Studies

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2014–2018)

  • Admission Scholarship (660, 000 HKD, full scholarship) (2014–2018)
  • Concentration: Urban Planning and Design; Minor in French
  • Academic Officer, Mainland Undergraduate Association (2015-2016)

 

Name of Other Summer/Exchange Programmes

Sun Yat-sen University, China (2020-2021)

McGill University, Canada (2016-2017)

National University of Singapore (2016)

Peking University, China (2016)

University of York, UK (2015)

 

Awards and Scholarships

  • Best Presentation Award, RSAI-BIS Early Career Colloquium (2021)
  • Morningside Spirit Award, Morningside College, CUHK (2018)
  • Climathon Global 24-hour Championship Team Leader, Hong Kong (2017)
  • Certificat d’excellence en français, Université McGill (2017)
  • Talent Development Award (Art, Culture & Design), HKSAR Government (2017)
  • Lanson Exchange Scholarship, Office of Academic Links, CUHK (2016)

 

Fellowships

  • Postgraduate Fellowship, Royal Geographical Society, (2020–)
  • Membership, Regional Studies Association International-British and Irish Section (2022-)
  • Student Membership, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) (2018–2019)
  • Student Membership, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) (2017-)

 

Teaching and Research Experience

  • MPhil Small Group Teaching, PGR02/Urban Planning and Housing Policy, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge (2021-2022;2022-2023)
  • Undergraduate Supervision, Paper 17 Development Economics, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge (2022-2023)
  • Undergraduate Lecture Teaching Assistant, Building Service Engineering for Architectural Studies, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore (2018)
  • Senior Research Assistant (Grade 6), Dr Pabolo Salas, CEENRG, University of Cambridge (2021)
  • Research Assistant (Grade 5), Dr Shailaja Fennell, Development Studies, University of Cambridge (2020)

 

Professional Experience

  • Technical Advisor on Migration, ASEAN Development Outlook Project, ASEAN (2019-2021)
  • Project Manager-Think Tank III, Hong Kong Public Space Initiative (2017–2019)
  • Community Relationship Manager Assistant, Clean Air Network Hong Kong (2016)

 

Volunteer Experience

  • Rota Volunteer, Streetbite Cambridge (2018–)
  • Registered Volunteer, Welcome Hall Mission Montreal (2017)
  • Winter Programme Volunteer Teacher and Group Leader, 3 Heart Club (2015)

 

Professional Qualifications

  • Certificado Español-B1, Cambridge Language Centre (2020)
  • Diplôme d’etudes en langue française-B2, Alliance Français (2019)
  • Light Good Vehicle Driving Licences, HKSAR (2018)

 

Organisations

  • National Excutive in Regional Development, UK Federation of Chinese Professionals (UKFCP) (2020–2022)
  • Project Developer, Young Chinese Professionals, UK (UKYCP) (2019–2020)

 

Representative Publications

Conference Paper

  • Zhao, H. & Ng, M. K. (2020). An inclusive Hong Kong through public spaces for urban homeless. Proceeding of International Conference of Urbanism. Jakarta, 2019.

 

Articles and Book Chapters

 

  • Chen, L., Zhao, H., Song, G. & Liu, Y.(2021). Optimization of Cultivated Land Pattern for Achieving Cultivated Land System Security: A Case Study in Heilongjiang Province. 108. Land Use Policy.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264837721003124

 

  • Huang, B., Xiao, T., Grekousis, G., Zhao, H., He, J., Dong, G. & Liu, Y.(2021). Greenness-air pollution-physical activity-hypertension association among middle-aged and older adults: Evidence from urban and rural China. 195. Environmental Research.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935121001304

  • Huang, B., Huang, C., Feng, Z.,Pearce, J., Zhao, H., Pan, Z. & Liu, Y. (2021). Association between residential greenness and general health among older adults in rural and urban area in China. 59. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S161886672030724X

 

Working Papers

  • Zhao, H. (under review). Planner’s Practice of Power Under Institutional Codes: A Case Study of Hong Kong’s Lantau Tomorrow Vision. Planning Theory and Practice.
  • Zhao, H. (forth coming). A System Literature Review of Internal Migrants in Greater Bay Area of China. Regional Studies Planning and Practice.

 

Blogs

  • Zhao, H. (2021). Dealing with Uncertainties in PhD Fieldwork. The Cambridge Researcher. Blogpost. https://cambridgeresearcher.com/dealing-with-uncertainties-in-phd-fieldwork/
  • Zhao, H. (2016). InMedia. 當我們不再記得氈布與絨布的模樣 ——棚仔、懷舊感、公共空. (in traditional Chinese).
  • Zhao, H. (2016). Pentoy.守望相助:為什麼我們需要自下而上的城市規劃?

(in traditional Chinese): https://www.pentoy.hk/?p=25271

 

Media Coverage

  • Voice on China: Joseph Zhao, Chris Zheng and Christiana Zhang, Cambridge Chinese Migration Studies Group. Young China Watch. 2022.

https://www.youngchinawatchers.com/voices-on-china-joseph-zhao-chris-zheng-and-christina-zhang-cambridge-chinese-migration-studies-group/

Interviewed by Greta Lai.

https://www.gretalai.com/post/interview-with-founders-of-cambridge-chinese-migration-studies-group

 

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong Alumni Affairs Office.

Joseph Zhao: A Dream of Academic Research. Available in English and Traditional Chinese. 2022.

https://alumni.cuhk.edu.hk/en/blog/posts/cuam110-newgen2

 

  • EFEC Cognate UK. Shining a Light: Seminar by Cambridge Chinese Migration Studies Group at University of Oxford. 2022.

 

 

 

 

Biography

Joseph Hongsheng Zhao is a PhD researcher based in the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. He gained his first degree in Bachelor of Social Science in Urban Studies from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (1 Hon) with a Capstone Thesis on Hong Kong Homeless People before obtaining an MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration at Cambridge with a Merit dissertation on Planning Institutions in Hong Kong. He also served as a former Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore and a Lanson Exchange Scholar at McGill University, Canada. He was a visiting student at Yuanpei College at Peking University, Sun Yat-Sen University and James College at the University of York.

Research

Migration Studies 

Regional Development and Transformation

Urban Planning Theories and Practice

Publications

Key publications: 

Zhao, H. & Ng, M. K. (2020). An inclusive Hong Kong through public spaces for urban homeless. Proceeding of International Conference of Urbanism. Jakarta, 2019.
 

Other publications: 

Huang, B., Liu, Y., Xiao, T., Grekousis G, Zhao, H., He, J. & Dong, G. (2020). Urban-rural disparities in greenness-hypertension association among middle-aged and older adults: Evidence from China. Environmental International (forthcoming).

Huang, B., Liu, Huang, C., Feng, Z., Pearce, J., Zhao, H. & Pan, Z. (2020) Association between residential greenness and general health among older adults in rural and urban area in China. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening (forthcoming).

Chen, L. & Zhao, H. (2020). Study on optimization of cultivated land pattern in Heilongjiang province based on cultivated land system security (forthcoming).

Wang, H., Liu, X., Fu, X. & Zhao, H. (2020). Spatial differentiation of land ecology-production-living carrying capacity in Chongqing city (forthcoming).

 

 

Teaching and Supervisions

Teaching: 

赵宏生同学乐意接受国内各大高等教育机构提供的短期访问及讲座、论坛、研讨会机会。并分享在剑桥的研究生活点滴。

Research supervision: 

From November 2020- April 2021 I am working in the field in collaboration with the Sun Yat-sen University in Canton China. I am actively looking for research collaboration in higher education institutions in Hong Kong, Canton, Shenzhen,  Shanghai, Beijing, and other major cities.

赵宏生同学在2020年末及2021年上半年在广东中山大学开展田野调查,并积极谋求与中国香港、广州、深圳、上海、北京乃至中国其他主要城市的青年及资深研究者合作。

 Hongsheng  ( Joseph )Zhao

Contact Details

Email address: 
House 16 Basement, Department of Land Economy, Silver Street, Cambridge

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Sustainability
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