Chair Professor and Director - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Research Centre
Prof. Anthony Yeh is currently the Chair Professor of Department of Urban Planning and Design, Director of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Research Centre in Hong Kong and China along with being the Deputy Convener of Contemporary China Studies Strategic Research Area of the University. He has been the Dean of the Graduate School, Director of Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning, and Director of Institute of Transport Studies.
His main areas of specialization are urban planning and development in Hong Kong, China, and SE Asia, and the applications of geographic information systems in urban and regional planning. He was elected as an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003, Fellow of TWAS (The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World) in 2010, and Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in UK in 2013.
He was the recipient of the 2008 UN-HABITAT Lecture Award in recognition of outstanding and sustained contribution to research, thinking and practice in human settlements development and planning and was awarded the Dr. Gill-Chin Lim Global Award in 2012 presented during the 53rd Annual Conference of Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) held in Cincinnati, USA, in recognition of global commitment and leadership as a scholar and an educator in the field of humanistic globalization.
He is also the Secretary-General of the Asian Planning Schools Association (APSA) and was the Secretary-General of Asia Geographic Information System Association. He has been Chairman of the Hong Kong Geographical Association, Vice-President of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP), Vice-president of the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP), Programme Director of the Geographic/Land Information Technology Programme of the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP), Founding President of the Hong Kong Geographic Information System Association (HKGISA), and Chairman of the Geographic Information Science Commission of the International Geographic Union (IGU). He is also an honorary professor at various major universities and research institutes in China, including Institute of Geography, Beijing; Tongji University, Shanghai; Zhongshan University, Guangzhou, and Wuhan University, Wuhan.
He has been invited to attend many expert group meetings of the United Nations Centre of Regional Development (UNCRD) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He is also a member of the Appeal Tribunal (Buildings Ordinance).