Dr. Dong Liang obtained his B.E. in Environmental engineering from Tsinghua University, China, and Ph.D. in Urban Environmental Studies from Nagoya University, Japan. Before joining City University, he worked in National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan, and Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, Netherlands, in the field of industrial ecology, circular economy and low-carbon & eco-city planning.
His research focuses on applying principles of Industrial Ecology to fight to the challenges of developing sustainable, smart and low-carbon cities, with emphasis on the sustainability science & policies, environmental system analysis, and policies design under the theme of urban sustainability. Sub-topics also include development on holistic and integrated socioeconomic and environmental system analytical tools (e.g., life cycle assessment, urban metabolism approach, input-output model and their integration), sustainability indicators/policies, energy and environmental economic approaches, big data and spatial planning tools, and their applications in eco-industrial development, as well as sustainable, low-carbon and smart cities planning. He took charge of and engaged in a series of national level circular economy, smart cities, and low-carbon cities projects in EU, Japan and China. He also actively engaged in providing broad academic services, like consulting to UN-ESCAP, Energy Foundation and many local stakeholders of Industrial and Urban planning, to forward circular, eco and low-carbon urban and regional transition in EU, Asia-Pacific and globe.
Dr. Hu Wanyang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at the City University of Hong Kong. Her research interests lie in urban development, migration, and housing. Dr. Hu is a quantitative social scientist who is interested in leveraging big data analytics and statistical tools to examine urban issues. Her research has appeared in the Journal of the American Planning Association, The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Cities, etc.
Dr. Hu received an M.S. and a B.S. from Tsinghua University in 2013 and 2010 respectively, and a B.A. (double major in Economics) from Peking University in 2012. Prior to joining City U, Dr. Hu was an assistant professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration at the University of Macau.
Migration (labor mobility); Urban development (creative city development); Social determinants of health (well-being and aging); Urban big data analytics
Dr. Gianni Talamini joined City University of Hong Kong in 2016. His research investigates the relationship between spatial forms and modes of production. Since the early 2000s, he explored the role of water in shaping the built environment. Before joining City University, he gained international experience both as researcher and practitioner, combining the construction of his theoretical framework with the profession of architecture. Working on the boundary between art and architecture, he managed the construction of installations designed by worldwide most famous architects and artists such as Tadao Ando, Patrick Bouchain, Daniel Buren, Cai Guo-Qiang, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Jene Highstein, Steven Holl, Carsten Holler, Arata Isozaki, Morphosis, Yoko Ono, Paola Pivi, Jaume Plensa, Kiki Smith, Williams & Tsien and Lebbeus Woods. He collaborated on the realization of several art and architecture exhibitions. In 2012 he has been in charge of the restoration of the Finnish Pavilion designed by Alvar Aalto at the Venice Biennale (Italy).
Dr. Talamini completed with full marks his Ph.D. in Urbanism at Iuav University of Venice under prof. Bernardo Secchi, in 2013. He also holds a Master's degree in Architecture (Iuav University of Venice, 2007). Before joining City University, he has been working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at HITSGS (2014-2016).