Prof. Chris Webster

Dean, Faculty of Architecture

The University of Hong Kong

Prof. Chris Webster has degrees in urban planning, computer science, economics and economic geography and is a leading urban theorist and spatial economic modeller. He has published over 150 scholarly papers on the idea of spontaneous urban order and received over US$20M grants for research and teaching and learning projects. He was co-editor of Environment and Planning B for ten years. Books include Webster and Lai (2003) Property Rights, Planning and Markets, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar; Glasze, Webster and Frantz, (2006) Private Cities, London, Routledge; Wu, Webster, He and Liu, (2010) Urban Poverty in China, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar; and Wu and Webster (Editors) Marginalisation in Urban China. London: Palgrave McMillan; and Sarkar, Webster and Gallacher (2014) Healthy Cities: Public Health Through Urban Planning. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Professor Webster has five prize-winning academic papers on urban theory.

Founded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong. Today, HKU is organised into 10 academic faculties with English as the language of instruction. HKU admits the highest number of top scorers from the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examinations. HKU is ranked as the 3rd most international university in the world by the Times Higher Education 2017,3rd in the world for International Outlook and 7th in the world for International Collaboration.

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