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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. 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 ageing and built environment.

Research interests

 Built heritage conservation
 Urban planning and development
 Urban sustainability
 Ageing and urban environment


Development Control Law

Urban Planning and Urban design

Research Methods

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science in Construction Project Management, The University of Hong Kong

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Hong Kong

Diploma in Legal Studies, The University of Hong Kong (School of Professional and Continuing Education)

Bachelor of Architecture, The University of New South Wales


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