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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


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.


Migration Studies 

Regional Development and Transformation

Urban Planning Theories and Practice


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



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.


PhD Candidate in Land Economy
Principal Supervisor: Dr Shailaja Fennell
Land Economy PhD Representative, 2019-2020
Technical Advisor on Migration, ASEAN Development Outlook
PhD Researcher, Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement
Founder and Coordinator, CUUrban Cluster Joint Research Team
Co-convenor (on fieldwork leaving) Cambridge Chinese Migration Studies Group
Member, Cambridge Migration Society
 Hongsheng  ( Joseph )Zhao

Contact Details

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


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