Dr. Esther Hiu Kwan YUNG
BArch, MSc(CPM), Dip Legal Studies, PhD(HKU)
Assistant Professor
Tel.: (852) 3400 8196
E-mail address : esther.yung@polyu.edu.hk
  Dr Esther Hiu Kwan YUNG held a MSc and PhD degrees from the Department of Real Estate and Construction at the University of Hong Kong. She also obtained a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Dr Yung worked as an assistant architect in two renowned architectural firms in Hong Kong before studying for her PhD. After obtaining her PhD, she worked as a research officer in a NGO for the handicapped for two years. Dr Yung joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in BRE in 2009. She was appointed as an Assistant Professor in Planning and Development in 2014. She has published extensively in top refereed journals in the area of built heritage conservation and urban sustainable development.
Main areas
Development Control Law
Urban Planning and Urban design
Research Methods
Research and Scholarly Activities
Built heritage conservation
Urban planning and development
Urban sustainability
Active ageing and urban environment


  (in the capacity of PI)
Block Grant except CRG- Investigation of urban planning and design considerations to mitigate heat island effect: the role of heritage conservation in dense urban city (April 2016-Mar-2018) HK$0.15 million
  Block Grant except CRG- Integration of built heritage conservation and urban planning: the case of dense urban cities (Jan 2015-FEB-2017) HK$0.4 million
  Central Research Grant - Evaluation of thermal comfort and well-being in elderly indoor living environment (Sept. 2015 - Aug. 2016) HK$0.2 million
  (in the capacity of Co-I)
RGC General Research Fund - A Framework for the Analysis of Embodied Carbon and Construction Cost of Heritage Conservation Projects (2014-2016, Co-I), Prof Edwin Chan as PI, HK$ 0.69 million.
  RISUD & VPRD Reserve - Study of density and community facilities for neighborhood planning: Part of a larger research project on re-defining density of city (collaborative research with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT, 2014-2016, Co-I) Prof Edwin Chan as PI, HK$ 0.38 million.
  RISUD – Optimal public engagement processes for the Green Deck project (2013-2014,Co-I) Prof Edwin Chan as PI, HK$ 0.248 million.
  Deputy Award Coordinator (Mixed mode), MSc/PgD in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution (Sept 2015 – present)
  Member, Departmental Staffing Committee (Sept 2015 – present)
  Academic Advisor for PMT
Professional Service
Professional Service
  Panel Member, Authorized Persons Registration Committee, Building Department, HKSAR (Jan, 2016 – Present)
  Member, the HKIA Heritage and Conservation Committee (Jan 2015 – Present)
  Faculty member of the Institute of Active Ageing (IAA), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Reviewer for Academic Journals
  Guest Co-editor of a special issue of the Habitat International 2012
  Land Use Policy, Urban Studies, Social and Cultural Geography
  Cities, Habitat International, Social Indicators Research
  Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
  International Journal of Heritage Studies
Selected Recent Publication List
Scholarly Books & Monographs (selected)
  Yung, E. H. K. and Chan, E. H. W. Climate change and built heritage conservation:
the case of Hong Kong and Shanghai, in The Future of Heritage as Climate Change: Loss, Adaption and Creativity, edited by Perry, J. and Harvey, D., Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York, forthcoming in 2014
  Yung, E. H. K. and Leung H. H.  Contested cultural heritage space in urban renewal: The case of a dense urban city in Hong Kong, The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, the City and Urban Society, Part 3 Representing and contesting urban space.  Edited by Michael E Leary-Owhin and John P McCarthy. Routledge, Taylor &Francis Group, London and New York, forthcoming in 2017
  Yung, E.H.K., Ho, W. and Chan, E.H.W. Elderly satisfaction with planning and design of public parks in high density old districts: an ordered logit model, Landscape and Urban Planning, (published online May, 2017)
Publications in Refereed Journals (selected)
  Yung, E.H.K.,  Conejos, S., & Chan, E.H.W. (2016) Public open space planning for the elderly: the case of dense urban renewal districts in Hong Kong, Land Use Policy, 59, In Progress, 1-11.
  Yung, E.H.K., Zhang Q., and Chan, E. H.W. Underlying social factors for evaluating heritage conservation in urban renewal districts, Habitat International, (accepted in June, 2017)
  Yung, E.H.K.,  Conejos, S., & Chan, E.H.W. (2015) Social needs of the elderly and active ageing in public open spaces in urban renewal, Cities, 52, 114-122
  Yung, E.H.K. & Chan, E.H.W. (2015) Re-examining the pro-growth ideology in cities: Conservation of historic properties in Hong Kong, Urban Review Affairs, 32 (4): 513–35.
  Yung, E.H.K., Lai, L.W.C., Yu, P.L. H. (2015) Public decision making for heritage conservation in a property state: a Hong Kong empirical study, Habitat International, 53, 312-319 
  Sun, L.L. Yung, E.H.K.,  Chan, E.H.W. & Zhu, D.J.  (2015) Issues of NIMBY conflict management from the perspective of stakeholders: A case study in Shanghai, Habitat International, In Press, 53, 133–141
  Yung, E.H.K.,  Langston, C., & Chan, E.H.W. (2014) Adaptive reuse of shophouses in urban renewal districts in Hong Kong, Cities, 39 , 87–98
  Conejos, S., Yung, E.H.K. & Chan, E.H.W. (2014) Urban Sustainability and Adaptive Reuse: A Case study on Conservation in Hong Kong’s CBD, Journal of Design Research, 12(4), 260
  Yung, E.H.K. & Chan, E.H.W.  (2014)  Evaluation of the social values and willingness to pay for conserving built heritage in Hong Kong, Facilities, 33 (1/2), 76 – 98
  Yung, E.H.K. & Chan, E.H.W., and Xu, Ying  (2015) Assessing the social impacts of revitalizing historic buildings on urban renewal – a case of local participatory mechanism, Journal of Design Research, 13(2), 125
  Yung, E.H.K. & Chan, E.H.W. (2013)   Evaluation for the conservation of historic buildings: Differences between the laymen, professionals and policy makers, Facilities, 31(11/12), 542 - 564
   Yung, E.H.K. Yu, P.L.H. & Chan, E.H.W.   (2013) Economic valuation of historic properties: Review and Recent Developments, Property Management, 31(4), 335 - 358
   Langston, C., Yung, E.H.K. & Chan, E.H.W.  (2013) The application of ARP modeling to adaptive reuse projects in Hong Kong, Habitat International, 40(4), 233-243
   Xu, Y.,  Chan, Edwin H. W. and Yung, Esther H. K. (2013) The overwhelming farmland conversion for urban development in transitional China, a case study of Shanghai, Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000215
  Yung, E.H.K. & Chan, E.H.W., and Xu, Ying,   (2013) Community initiated adaptive reuse of historic buildings and sustainable development in the inner city of Shanghai, Journal of Urban Planning and Development, (Accepted in 17 May, 2013)
  Yung, EHK and Chan, EHW (2012) Critical social sustainability factors in urban conservation: the case of the central police station compound in Hong Kong. Facilities, 30(9/10), 396-416
  Yung, EHK and Chan, EHW (2012) Implementation challenges to the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings: Towards the goals of sustainable, low carbon cities. Habitat International, 36(3), 352-361
  Chan, Edwin H.W.,  Choy, Lennon H.T. and Yung, Esther H.K. (2012) Current research on low-carbon cities and institutional responses, Habitat International, Special Issue, Low-Carbon Cities and Institutional Response,  Editorial,  37, 1-3
  Xu, Ying,  Chan, Edwin H. W., and  Yung, Esther H. K. (2012)  Neighborhood Change in  semi‐Urbanized Villages: A Case Study of Shanghai,  J. Urban Planning Development,  doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000116
  Yung, E.H.K., and Chan, E.H.W. and Ying Xu (2011) Sustainable Development and the rehabilitation of a historic urban district – social sustainability in the case of Tianzifang in Shanghai, Sustainable  Development, Doi:10.1002/sd.534
  Yung, E.H.K., and Chan, E.H.W. (2011) Problem issues of public participation in built-heritage conservation: Two controversial cases in Hong Kong, Habitat International, 35, 457-466
  Chau, C.K., H. K. Yung, T.M. Leung, M.Y. Law, (2006) Evaluation of Relative Importance of Environmental Issues Associated with a Residential Estate in Hong Kong, Landscape and Urban Planning, 77(1-2) 67-79
  Chan, E.H.W. and E.H.K. Yung (2004) Is the Development Control Legal Framework Conductive to a Sustainable Dense Urban Development in Hong Kong? Habitat International, 28(3) 409-426
Conference paper (Selected)


1 Yung, E.H.K. & Chan, E.H.W. (2014) Difficulties in implementing the concept of sustainability in the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings: the case of Hong Kong and Shanghai, REHAB 2014, the International Conference on Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings and Structures, Tomar, Portugal, 19-21 March, 2014.
2 Yung, E.H.K. & Chan, E.H.W. (2013) Formulating social indicators of revitalizing historic buildings in urban renewal: Towards a research agenda, in Urban Density and Sustainability, Sustainability Building 2013 Hong Kong Regional Conference, 12-13 Sept. 2013 , Hong Kong, CD.
3 Yung, E.H.K. & Chan, E.H.W. (2011) Quality of life and healthy aging in urban renewal, Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate, (CRIOCM 2011),  23-25 Sept. 2011, Chongqing, China, 146-151.
4 Yung, E. H. K. and Chan, E. H. W. (2010) Critical Factors for Sustainable Adaptive
Reuse of Heritage Buildings, Proceedings of the First International Conference on
Sustainable Urbanization 15-17 December 2010, Hong Kong Polytechnic University,
Hong Kong: China, (CD-Rom pub).
5 Yung, E. H. K. and Chan, E. H. W. (2009) Eliciting Public’s Preference on Conservation of Historic Buildings in Hong Kong: illustrating the use of an econometric model, 10th Asian Urbanization Conference, 16-19th August, 2009
6 Lung, P.Y. and Yung, E.H.K. (2004) Enhancing “Cultural Capital”: the way to sustainability, the Symposium on Green Building design: Experiences in Hong Kong and Shanghai, p.51-69
7 Lung, P.Y. and Yung, E.H.K. (2004) Measuring the value of Cultural Heritage-The Formulation of a Heritage Conservation Policy in Hong Kong, the Symposium on “The Persistence of Traditions: Monuments and Preservation in Late Imperial and Modern China", Co-sponsored by Department of Art History and Archaeology and Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and the Getty Conservation Institute, April 2-3, 2004, New York.
Doctoral Dissertation


  Architectural heritage conservation in Hong Kong: an empirical analysis, Unpublished PhD Thesis, The University of Hong Kong, 2007.


  Departmental Research Publication Award 2014-15, the Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Updated in June 2017