LEE Wai Ying Joanna 李慧瑩

Research Projects


  • Redevelopment of Industrial Land in Hong Kong: An Inter-District Analysis
  • LEE Wai Ying Joanna
    1 January 2007
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    Since the 1980s, Hong Kong has been undergoing post-industrial shift towards an international financial and services centre. Whilst the redevelopment of industrial land is deeply concerned by the Government, there is inadequate attention by academicians on scrutinizing the spatial outcome of the industrial restructuring process on land development. It is argued that impacts of the industrial restructuring are not uniformly experienced within the territory. There are spatial variations of the nature and extent of industrial land redevelopment among different districts. The proposed research attempts to unravel the redevelopment of industrial land in Hong Kong from a geographical perspective. Specifically, there are three main objectives of this research. First, an attempt is made to map the industrial restructuring process on space by tracing both government initiatives and market responses to the redevelopment of obsolete industrial land in Hong Kong. Second, an inter-district analysis will be conducted with a view to exploring the underlying mechanisms in affecting industrial land redevelopment in different contexts. Third, it is to make use of an under-utilized database - the planning application records in academic research. This research is worth pursuing because it can fill in the gap of knowledge about the underlying mechanisms and the spatial manifestation of the industrial restructuring process on land development. Moreover, this research also attempts to use the planning application records (which has been under-utilized in local research) for an inter-district analysis. All these theoretical understandings will form an important component for further study on land development in Hong Kong. (SS06365)


  • Revision of Board Land Use Updating Methodology
  • FUNG Tung, HUANG Bo, LEE Wai Ying Joanna
    15 January 2007
    Planning Department, HKSAR Government

    This study reviews the existing practice in the Planning Department, HKSAR for the production of broad land use plan and land utilization table. The existing land use classification system will be reviewed together with the remote sensing image classification method adopted. It is proposed to adopt the pixel shape index as additional information for image classification. The methodology will be tested using SPOT multispectral data for the entire Hong Kong territory. A selected area acquired by high resolution satellite data will also be experimented. Airphotos and GPS will be incorporated to test the usage of high resolution data for land use mapping. (SS06788)


  • Siting Locally Unwanted Land Uses: In Your Backyard or In Mine?
  • LAM Kin CheFUNG Tung, LEE Wai Ying Joanna, LAI Pong Wai
    11 April 2006
    Public Policy Research Funding Scheme

    The siting of Locally Unwanted Land Uses (LULUs) is always a challenge because of many potential conflicts among stakeholders. Proponents often promote the need for them and their technical feasibility while opponents emphasize the associated economical, social and/or environmental risks. Pollution, environmental risks, reduction in property values and loss of amenity are the most common public concerns. Such conflicts are particularly severe in densely populated cities, such as Hong Kong, due to limited space. This research attempts develop a framework to elucidate the conflicts among key stakeholders, to analyze the cause of the problems and to propose solutions to resolve conflicts. The study will critically analyze contentious cases in Hong Kong, study how similar problems are resolved in other countries and identify strategies for conflict resolution, including public engagement and risk communication strategies. The findings will provide a framework for the authorities to manage public aspirations and reduce public resistance to the planning of LULUs. It can enhance certainty in project planning and hence save both time and cost. (SS05587)


  • Study on a Sustainable Urban Development at Yau Tong, Victoria Harbour
  • CHAU Kwai Cheong, LAI Pong Wai, LEE Wai Ying Joanna, LEUNG Wai Han Maggi, SHEN Jianfa, YAU Tik Shan
    1 December 2004
    Main Wealth Development Limited

    Project Objectives
    Overall Objectives:
    - To conduct a sustainability study in order to make the Yau Tong Bay Development into a model for sustainability.
    Specific objectives:
    - To review the EIA report of the proposed reclamation and Yau Tong Bay Development in the light of sustainability concept
    - To develop sustainability framework and action plan for construction and operation phases of the proposed reclamation and development
    - To performance independent checking/audit of implementation of the sustainability action plan
    - To recommend any additional works for attaining the goal to making Yau Tong Bay Development a model for sustainability
    Deliverables
    - Workshop Plan: We will prepare a workshop plan in liaison with the Client, including venue, programme, logistic arrangement, list of intended participants and key issues to be addressed. Briefing notes and presentations will be prepared by the Consortium and/or their consultants
    - Stakeholders Workshop: We will host the workshop at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and facilitate discussions and consensus building
    - Summary Report of Workshop Findings: We will prepare and circulate the finalized summary report to all workshop participants
    - Sustainability Framework: This will include the sustainability themes identified and agreed by the multi-stakeholders, the sustainability checklists for project implementation and the goals, actions and targets identified during the development of the sustainability themes.
    - Sustainability Action Plans for Project Implementation: Sustainability action plans for the implementation work packages during various phases such as reclamation, land remediation and development will be developed. The timing of this deliverable however is subject to the decision on the project implementation and hence cannot be determined at this stage
    - Independent checking reports: We will report on the success/failure of implementation of the action plan and recommend remediation if necessary. The submission schedule will be determined when the construction and operation programmes are better known. (SS04844)


  • Tsuen Wan District Council Tourism Study
  • CHAU Kwai Cheong, LAI Pong Wai, LEE Wai Ying Joanna, YAU Tik Shan
    1 January 2005
    Tsuen Wan District Council

    1. Study Objectives
    As a result of the shift of manufacturing industries to the Pearl River Delta north of the HKSAR border, Tsuen Wan District has become more a commercial and residential area in the past decade. The Tsuen Wan District has excellent transport link to the urban centers in Kowloon and Hong Kong, as well as the International Airport. At the same time, the District has a rich cultural heritage and with the backdrop of the Tai Mo Shan Country Park, valuable scenic and ecological assets. The Tsuen Wan District Council has been working to develop tourism within the District, making best use of its cultural and natural heritages. The proximity of the District to the Disneyland International Theme Park in Lantau Island, together with the infrastructural linkage of the theme park to Tsuen Wan, offer excellent opportunities for new tourism based development in the District.
    The objectives of the study include: (a) To review the existing urban, commercial, cultural and natural assets in Tsuen Wan
    (b) To prepare an outline strategy to make best use of these assets, with enhancement as necessary, in order to capture the opportunities offered by the Disneyland International Theme Park
    (c) To help shape a sustainable tourism development plan for the Tsuen Wan District
    2. Time frame of Study
    This study will take approximately 3 months to complete. We understand that the Tusen Wan District Council wishes to complete the study before end of 10 March 2005. We would endeavor to complete the outline strategy to meet the expected schedule
    3. Deliverable
    A Study Report written in English and Chinese will be submitted before 10 March 2005. The report will include an update of the Comprehensive Tourism Development Plan for Tsuen Wan, complete with planning goals, tourism resource analysis and an outline strategic implementation plan, will be submit at the end of the study. Development priorities will be set by incorporating the important concept of sustainability. One hard copy, together with the soft copy of the report will be submitted. Printing of the report will be undertaken by the Tsuen Wan District Council. (SS04361)



Research Publications


  • "Challenges of Managing Nimbyism in Hong Kong" (co-authored with LAM Kin Che, FUNG Tung and WOO Lai Yan). Paper presented in the International Conference on The Siting of Locally Unwanted Facilities: Challenges and Issues, organized by Centre for Environmental Policy and Resource Management, CUHK. Hong Kong, 2007.12.12.



  • "Harbour Reclamation in Hong Kong: Spatial Manifestation of Conflicting Interests". Conference on "Colonial Governmentality & the Production of Space in Hong Kong" Hong Kong SAR, 2005.06.



  • "Hong Kong and Macao under Chinese Sovereignty" (co-authored with YEUNG Yue Man and KEE Wai Man). Eurasian Geography and Economics vol.49 no.3, 2008.06.17. pp.304-325.
    (CUHK Library Call No: Available Online)



  • Revitalizing Fo Tan Industrial Area : a survey on workers and business operators : final report. (co-authored with Lai Pong Wai) Hong Kong : Centre for Environmental Policy and Resource Management, Dept. of Geography and Resource Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2007.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL HK Studies HD943.5 .L44 2007)



  • Role of development plans in development control in Shatin. Hong Kong : Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1996.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Thesis HT395.H62 S53 1996)



  • Transforming Hong Kong into a world city [microform] : the world city formation process. 2004.
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Thesis HT384.H85 L43 2004; Available Online)



  • "World City Formation as a Time-space Cycle: the Case of Hong Kong". Paper presented in the Hong Kong Geography Day 2005, organized by Hong Kong Baptist University. 2005.11.19.


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