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Yi Sun is Associate Professor in the Department of Building and Real Estate at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. As an urban planner by training, Yi’s areas of research include age-friendly cities/communities in the Asia-Pacific region. He is also interested in China’s urban and regional development from the political economic and state theoretical perspective, with a primary focus on the Greater Bay Area. He has led several research projects on these topics, with the support from Research Grants Council, Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office of the Hong Kong SAR Government and other agencies. Internationally, he serves the technical working group for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in the areas of disasters and statistics.


Planning and Development

Research Methods

Land and Real Estate Development

Sustainable and Healthy Cities

Research interests

Urban and Regional Planning

Governance and the State Theories

Age-friendly Built Environment

Land Development

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Hong Kong


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