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Keynote Speaker for 2018 - Professor Chris Webster 偉仕達

We are delighted to announce that the Keynote speaker for 2018 is Professor Chris Webster 偉仕達 : BSc/DipTP/MSc/PhD/DSc(Econ)/FRICS/FRSA/NTF/AcSS

Chris Webster

Prof. Webster has a background 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 20M pounds of grants for research and teaching and learning projects. He was co-editor of the urban modelling journal Environment and Planning B for ten years. His 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. He has always been a strong believer in the unity of the sciences and in recent years, with the ever greater availability of big data, especially individual level data, he has focused on data-driven empirical work - on property rights, housing markets, urban poverty, urban density, urban environmental performance and urban health. Among his current research agenda is the pursuit of systematic evidence for the relationship between urban configuration (planned and spontaneous) and individual health.

He was PI on a UK ESRC-funded ‘Transformative Research’ project that created 700 built environment morphometric variables for each of the 500,000 members of the UK Biobank, the country’s flagship epidemiological study and he has spent the past 5 years publishing the results with his co-authors, Sarkar and Gallacher, in leading medical journals including Lancet Planetary Health. This work is the latest in his lifelong interest in urban performance in spontaneous and planned human settlements, health being ultimately (arguably more so than wealth) the most important performance dimension of cities. Professor Webster founded and directs HKUrbanLab, a set of interdisciplinary research labs hosted by the University of Hong Kong, many of which deal in urban big data and smart city ideas.


Previous Visiting Fellows and Keynote speakers:

2017 - Professor Carlo Ratti, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Director of the MIT Senseable City Lab

2016 - Professor Edward Ng; an Architect and the Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture,  Chinese University of Hong Kong [CUHK] and The Associate Director of the Institute of Future Cities




CapcoThe position of Future Cities Visiting Fellow is awarded through a generous gift from Capital and Counties Properties Plc