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Environmental Policy and Sustainability


Environment and Climate Change

This branch inquires about environmental and climate risks. They are among the major threats to humanity in the 21st century. Defining and analyzing the risks, researchers provide governance and regulatory solutions. Research in this area involves cross-disciplinary expertise between science and public policy.


Faculty members of subclusters (in alphabetic order of last names)


Sustainability Science: Magdalena KLEMUN, Kira MATUS, Ye QI, Masaru YARIME
Sustainable Development: Kira MATUS, Gerald R. PATCHELL, Ye QI, Xiaofan ZHAO, Pengyu ZHU
Environmental Policy and Governance: Wai Kwong Elvis AU, , Magdalena KLEMUN, Ye QI, Angela TRITTO, James WONG, Xun WU, Masaru YARIME, Xiaofan ZHAO
Climate Change and Global Environmental Governance: Magdalena KLEMUN, Ye QI, Masaru YARIME, Xiaofan ZHAO
Sustainable Urbanization: Gerald R. PATCHELL, Masaru YARIME, Pengyu ZHU

Selected Environmental Policy and Sustainability Research Projects

Selected Research Project Funding Agency Faculty
Sustainable production and consumption in Asia: Lessons for the Greater Bay Region” HKUST Internal Grant for New Faculty HKUST Prof. Kira MATUS
“Governing Data-Driven Innovation for Sustainability: Opportunities and Challenges of Regulatory Sandboxes for Smart Cities,” AI for Social Good Project (2019-20) United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), and Google Prof. Masaru YARIME
Research on the Practice of Intergovernmental Collaborative Governance of Air Pollution in the Pearl River Delta (2019) Key Project of Philosophy and Social Science Research, Ministry of Education, China Prof. Xun WU
Experience on Collaborative Governance of Regional Air Pollution in China: A Comparative Study on the Yangtze River Delta and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (2019) HKUST-Shanghai Jiaotong University Joint Research Collaboration Fund Prof. Xun WU
Policy Capacity for Crisis Management in Hong Kong (2020) Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, Hong Kong SAR Government Prof. Xun WU
Trans-regional Air Pollution Control in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area: The Interplay between Science and Policy (2019-2020) Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, Hong Kong SAR Government Prof. Xun WU and
Prof. Kira MATUS


Ongoing Projects


Selected Research Project Funding Agency Faculty
Why businesses comply with energy-saving and emissions reduction regulations in China National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Prof. Xiaofan ZHAI
Developing a Green Finance Centre in Hong Kong in the Context of Green Development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area: Institutional Analysis and Policy Design RGC - Strategic Public Policy Research Funding Scheme

Prof. Ye QI and Prof. Xu WU