C.Y. Jim, PhD

C.Y. Jim, PhD

University of Hong Kong Professor & Researcher


Hong Kong, China.  C.Y. Jim is Chair of Geography, Professor at the University of Hong Kong. His research and teaching interests cover urban ecology, urban forestry, urban green infrastructure, nature-based solutions, urban trees, green roofs and green walls.  Centred around the nature-in-city core theme, he explores the knowledge domain with the help of the interdisciplinary approach and focuses on Chinese cities.

Professor Jim is currently serving as associate editor or editorial board member of six international journals related to natural elements in cities, including Landscape and Urban Planning, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, Urban Ecosystems, Cities, Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, and Arboricultural Journal.

Professor Jim obtained his BA degree with First Class Honours in geography and geology from the University of Hong Kong, and PhD in agricultural soil science from the University of Reading (UK) under the aegis of a Commonwealth Scholarship. He then studied at the US Geological Survey in Golden (Colorado School of Mines) for a Certificate in Hydrology. He is the Chair Professor in Geography since 2000 and Master of Robert Black College at the University of Hong Kong; he served in the past as Head of Department of Geography and Dean of Faculty of Arts.

Thus far he has accumulated 35 years of teaching and research experience, covering both conceptual and applied domains. He has published nearly 300 scientific papers and books, and is recognized internationally as a leading researcher, educator and advocate in understanding, conserving, creating and refining nature in cities. He is serving on the editorial boards of six reputable international journals. His contributions to knowledge and scholarship has been recognized by the L.C. Chadwick Award for Distinction in Arboricultural Research by the International Society of Arboriculture.

Besides scholarly work, Professor Jim is active in community services, taking up chairmanship and membership of government advisory bodies and NGOs. Contributing actively to knowledge exchange, he has extended his research findings to promoting and improving urban greening especially under the shadow of high-density urbanization.