About Us



Prof. Richard Bernhart OWEN became Director of LEWI in October 2018. He originally obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Sheffield in geology and gained a Ph.D. from Queen Mary College, University of London for studies of Quaternary environmental change in East Africa.

Prof. OWEN has served as the Head of the Geography Department (2009–2015) at HKBU and as the Director of the Environment and Resources Management programme (2014–present). He has published extensively on environmental, pollution, environmental and geological studies in both Hong Kong and East Africa, with additional publications on lacustrine and hot spring environments and palaeoenvironments from New Zealand, British Columbia, Greece, Iceland and Thailand.

His current research focuses on landscape development in Hong Kong, an exploration of the Hong Kong Geopark system, and studies of palaeoenvironmental change in the Kenya Rift Valley through the last 15 million years. Recently, he has also been linking the latter research to investigations of climate change and its implications for human evolution through the last one million years.

During the past few years, for example, his work has been published in several major journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Science, Sedimentology, and Earth Science Reviews. These, and other studies, have been funded by nine General Research Fund (GRF) grants from the Hong Kong Research Grant Council, as well as Canadian, British and Malawian research agencies, plus a company grant from Amoco International. He has written four fully authored books on landscapes in Hong Kong and edited one book on Hong Kong geology and seismicity. In addition, he has written 100 refereed papers that have been published in a wide array of journals (70), books and book chapters (30).

Prof. Richard Bernhart OWEN

Professor of Geography


Dr. LO Tek Sheng, Kevin


Assistant Professor, Department of Geography



Associate Director

Dr. Kevin LO is Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), Distinguished Overseas Professor at the Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Founding Editor of Journal of Asian Energy Studies (JAES). Focusing on climate and energy governance in China, his research is supported by major competitive grants from the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, including the Early Career Scheme (ECS) and the General Research Fund (GRF). He has published in many leading journals, including Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Energy Policy, Energy for Sustainable Development, Environmental Science & Policy, Cities, Habitat International, and Journal of Rural Studies.

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Prof. Adrian J. BAILEY
Dean of Social Sciences, HKBU
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Prof. CHEN Zhi
Chair Professor, Department of Chinese Language, HKBU
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Prof. Yuk Shing CHENG
Head & Professor, Department of Economics, HKBU
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Dr. CHIU Yu Lung Marcus
Associate Professor, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, City University of Hong Kong
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Dr. CHU, Yin Wah
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, HKBU
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Prof. Peter HUXLEY
Professor, Centre for Mental Health and Society, Bangor University, U.K.
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Prof. LO, Ping-cheung
Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts, HKBU
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Dr. MAH Ngar-yin Daphne
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, HKBU
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Prof. MAK, King Sang Ricardo
Professor, Department of History, HKBU
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Dr. MAK, George Kam Wah
Assistant Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy, HKBU
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Dr. Danny WANG
Associate Professor, Department of Marketing, HKBU
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Prof. Donggen WANG
Head & Professor, Department of Geography, HKBU
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Prof. WONG, Man Kong Timothy
Associate Professor, Department of History, HKBU
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Prof. YANG Chun
Professor, Department of Geography, HKBU
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Prof. Emilie Yueh Yu YEH
Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Lingnan University
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Prof. CHU, Yik Yi Cindy
Professor, Department of History, HKBU
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Dr. HAO Pu
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, HKBU
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