Faith Chan

Associate Professor in Environmental Sciences

Geographical Sciences / Faculty of Science and Engineering
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Room 341D, Sir Peter Mansfield Building


University of Nottingham Ningbo China


199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


+86 (0) 574 88180000-9471


BSc Geography (Auckland), MSc (Bonn), PhD (Leeds), ULTA-1(Leeds), PGCHE (Nottingham, Teaching Associate (UKHEA)


Dr Faith Ka Shun Chan is an Associate Professor at University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). He holds a visiting research faculty/professorship at SUSTech, Shenzhen, and a senior research fellow position at Water@Leeds Research Institute and School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK. He specialised in sustainable flood risk management, climate adaptations and urban resilience on Asian coastal megacities. He is currently funded by the Chinese National Research Council (NSFC) as principal investigator on the microplastics and its impacts on urban rivers, he is also involved in two international research projects as a researcher in the Blue-Green Cities Consortium (funded by ESPRC and British Academy from the UK Research Council) and co-investigating in the flood risk and commercial properties (funded by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)) project. He is also a Principal Investigator on three municipal-funded projects to investigate the surface water quality, typhoon-enhanced flood risk, and the development of a “Sponge City” pilot study in Ningbo, the total funding he awarded has been over 1.5 million RMB. His “Sponge City” paper in the Land Use Policy received the top cited notification in 2020. He currently has published 2 books and more than 50 publications in top tier international peer-reviewed journals (located at JCR Q1 and CAS Q1 and Q2) such as Nature Ecology and Evolution, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Journal of Cleaner Production, Science of Total Environment, Critical Review of Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Science and Policy, Journal of Hydrology, Land Use Policy, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Flood Risk Management, Progress in Planning, Applied Geography, Nature Hazards, International Journal of Water Resources Management, etc., conference proceedings, book chapters and other articles. He has got a broad academic and life experiences from New Zealand (BSc Auckland), Europe (MSc Bonn, Germany) and UK (PhD Leeds). He is currently working at University of Nottingham Ningbo China and aims to work further on urban resilience, sustainable flood risk management (e.g. Sponge City and Blue-Green Infrastructure), water resources management, planning and policies, and climate change adaptations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Expertise summary

Faith has got more than 12 years teaching experience in Universities, since my academic career started in 2006, as appointed as a research teaching associate at School of Geography in Leeds. Through these years, I have completed the ULTA-1 teaching certificate course (University of Leeds) in 2008, the PGCHE certificate course (University of Nottingham) in 2015, and accredited as a teaching associate in the UK Higher Education Academy (UKHEA) since 2008.

Otherwise, I am heavily involved with the Water@Leeds research group and currently chair of the Delta group. I have also been involved as a chair of the Water@Leeds postgraduate forum from 2008 – 2011.


The Christian Science Monitor Daily (by Ann Taylor) on 29 July 2021, “To curb urban flooding: China is building sponge cities. Do they work?” (link)

Forbes (by Laurie winkless) on 27 July 2021, “Could Sponge Cities help us prepare for our flooded future? (link)

New York Times (by Steven Lee Myers, Keith Bradsher and Chris Buckley) on 26 July 2021, “As China Boomed, It Didn’t Take Climate Change Into Account. Now It Must”. (link)

Canadian Broadcast Co-operation (CBC) Radio 1, interviewed by Robyn Bresnahan, “The current show

France 24 on 23 July 2021, “China warned of future disasters as Zhengzhou floods toll passes 50” (link)

MSN news (by David Stanway, Reuters) on 23 July 2021, “Zhengzhou floods serve China's urban planners deadly warning” (link)

The Wires China (by Eyck Freymann) on 18 July 2021, “The Sponge Revolution” (link)

Bloomberg Environment (by Michael Standaert) on 28 March 2019, “China’s Silicon Valley Rival Could Be Awash With Climate Risk” (link)

Inside China's leading 'sponge city': Wuhan's war with water on 23 January 2019, “the next 15 megacities”, the Guardian;

China Daily Hong Kong Edition (by Andrea Deng) on 30 May 2014, “The menace of gathering storms” (link);

The Standard, Hong Kong on 01 December 2010, "Floods to move a million, study warns"(link);

Bloomberg (by John Duce) on 30 November 2010, “Climate Change Increasing Flooding Risk in Hong Kong, Pearl River Delta” (link)

China Daily Hong Kong Edition (by Timothy Chui) on 01 December 2010, “Flood risk warned on Lok Ma Chau Loop” (link).



I have a keen interest in teaching, and I have gained the teaching associate qualification of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom. I have been involved with physical and human geography and environmental science undergraduate and master modules in the School of Geography, the University of Leeds before the current spell at UNNC. Currently, I have been involved with a variety of teaching activities, such as large and small lectures, field trip course, laboratory classes and pastoral tutorial roles in the UNNC as follow:


Current taught at University of Nottingham at UK and Ningbo campuses – School of Geography (UNUK) and School of Geographical Sciences, University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC):



Level(postgraduate   PG or undergraduate UG)

Role in Module

Lakes and Catchments in the Anthropocene (F84235 UK)

MSc module (PG)

Delivering one lecture (on-line) for   the Nottingham UK campus

Global Environmental Processes (EJ1GEP)

Level One (UG)


Convening   this module and responsible for all lecturing duties (giving 16 lectures and organise all field and laboratory teaching   activities). 

Soil   Science (EJ2SOS)

Level Two (UG)

Designed and Convening this module and   responsible for all lecturing duties (giving 8 lectures and organise all   field and laboratory teaching activities).

Management   of Freshwater and Coastal System (EJ3MFC)


Level   Three (UG)

Designed and convening this module (2 semesters)   and responsible for all lecture duties (giving 22 lectures and organise all   fieldwork and projects).

Dissertation preparation and study (EJ2DIP and EJ3DIS)

Level Two   and Three (UG)

Supervising   undergraduate students for the dissertation projects.

Environmental   Science Dissertation (EJ1ESD)

Level One   (UG)

Pastoral   tutoring research methodology in   geography, developing UG student’s academic writing skills on a minor   dissertation report (5000words).

Environmental   Science Tutorial (EJ1TUT)

Level One   (UG)

Delivering   two lectures and one workshop on academic presentation skills

Research interests

Faith specialise in international water management policies, particularly in sustainable flood management and planning practices, flood risk assessment practices in the UK, Europe and East Asian coastal cities, deltas and their applications in both developed and developing countries.


Book Chapters

  • Chan, F.; Zhu, F.; Li, L.; Lu, M.; Tang, Y.-T. & Griffiths, J. (2020) Chan, F. K. S.; Chan, H. K.; Zhang, T. & Xu, M. (Ed.) The Champion of Urban Water Resources Management in the Chinese City---The Case of Ningbo Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Resource Sustainability: Sustainable Urbanisation in the BRI Era (icRS Urbanisation 2020), Springer Singapore, 2020, 363-379 (
  • Xu, Y.; Chan, F.; Johnson, M.; Stanton, T.; He, J.; Jia, T.; Wang, J.; Wang, Z.; Yao, Y.; Yang, J.; Xu, Y.; Yu, X. & Liu, D. (2020) Chan, F.; Chan, H. K.; Zhang, T. & Xu, M. (Ed.) Investigation of the Urban Factors Affecting Microplastic Pollution in Chinese Cities: The Case of Ningbo Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Resource Sustainability: Sustainable Urbanisation in the BRI Era (icRS Urbanisation 2020), Springer Singapore, 325-341 (
  • Shao M., Tan-Mullins M., Chan F. (2020) Understanding Environmental Justice Capital in China—A New Framework to Study Environmental Justice in Contexts. In: Chan F.K.S., Chan H.K., Zhang T., Xu M. (eds) Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Resource Sustainability: Sustainable Urbanisation in the BRI Era (icRS Urbanisation 2020). icRS Urbanisation 2020. Environmental Science and Engineering. Springer, Singapore, 291-310 (
  • Thadani D., Li L., Chan F. (2020) Online Social Media—A Vehicle for City Branding in China: The Case of Sponge City Program (SCP). In: Chan F.K.S., Chan H.K., Zhang T., Xu M. (eds) Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Resource Sustainability: Sustainable Urbanisation in the BRI Era (icRS Urbanisation 2020). icRS Urbanisation 2020. Environmental Science and Engineering. Springer, Singapore, 381-389 (
  • Chan H.K., Chan F., O’Brien D. (2020) Recent Trends on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Research. In: Chan H., Chan F. K.S., O'Brien D. (eds) International Flows in the Belt and Road Initiative Context. Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, 1-16 (
  • Li P., Zang Y., Chan F., Wang J. (2020) Desertification and Its Prevention Along the Route of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. In: Chan H., Chan F.K.S., O'Brien D. (eds) International Flows in the Belt and Road Initiative Context. Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, pp 271-294 (
  • O’Brien D., Chan F., Chan H.K. (2020) International Flows in the Belt and Road Initiative: The Future. In: Chan H., Chan F. K.S., O'Brien D. (eds) International Flows in the Belt and Road Initiative Context. Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, 295-299 (
  • Meng M., Dabrowski M., Dominic S. and Chan, F. (2018) Spatial Planning for Climate Adaptation and Flood Risk: Development of the Sponge City Program in Guangzhou. Ch. 19 in Smart, Resilient and Transition Cities. ISBN: 978-0-12-811477-3.00019-5. Rotterdam, Elsevier.
  • Tang, Y. –T., Griffiths, J., Chan, F. and Lau, L. (2016) From historical urban to modern urban: The observation of the utilisation of an ancient Chinese waterway in Ningbo, China. In: R. Tenorio., Y. –T. Tang, Y. M. Loo and W. Pino-Ojeda eds. Beyond the Market: Building Sino-Latin American Cultural Relations. Ningbo: University of Nottingham Ningbo China, pp. 273-290.
  • Chan, F., Friess, D. and Terry, J.P. (2014), "Climate impacts: vulnerability and adaptation in coastal East Asia", in Harris P. and Lane G. (eds.) HANDBOOK OF EAST ASIA AND THE ENVIRONMENT, Chapter 22. ROUTLEDGE, London (


Refereed Journal Paper

Peer Review SCI Journals (published/in-press)

SCI Journals (published/in-press)

  • Chan F., Gu X., Qi. Y., Thadani D., Chen Y.D., Lu X., Li L., Griffiths J., Zhu F., Li J.F. and Chen W.Y. (2021) Lessons learnt from Typhoons Fitow and In-Fa: Implications for improving urban flood resilience in Asian Coastal Cities. Natural Hazards.
  • O’Donnell E., Gosling S.N., Netusil N.R., Chan F., Dolman N.J. (2021) Perceptions of Blue-Green and Grey Infrastructure as Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Urban Water Resilience. Journal of the British Academy (accepted).
  • Green D., O’Donnell E., Johnson M., Slater L., Thorne C., Zheng S., Stirling R., Chan F., Li L., Boothroyd R.J. (2021) Green Infrastructure: the future of urban flood risk management? WIREs Water (accepted).
  • Cooke, S.J., Jeanson, A.L., Bishop, I. et al. On the theory-practice gap in the environmental realm: perspectives from and for diverse environmental professionals. Socio Ecol Pract Res (2021).
  • Xu, Y., Chan F., Johnson, M., Stanton, T., He, J., Jia, T., Wang, J., Wang, Z., Yao, Y., Xu, J. (2021) Microplastic pollution in Chinese urban rivers: The influence of urban factors. Resources, Conservation and Recycling: 105686.
  • Liang, X.; Li, P.; Wang, J.; Chan, F.; Togtokh, Chuluun; Ochir, Altansukh; Davaasuren, Davaadorj. 2021. "Research Progress of Desertification and Its Prevention in Mongolia" Sustainability 13, 12: 6861.
  • Chan, F. et al. (2021). "Urban flood risks and emerging challenges in a Chinese delta: The case of the Pearl River Delta." Environmental Science & Policy 122: 101-115.
  • Li, P., Hao, M., Hu, J., Gao, C., Zhao, G., Chan, F., Gao, J., Dang, T., Mu, X. (2021) “Spatiotemporal Patterns of Hillslope Erosion Investigated Based on Field Scouring Experiments and Terrestrial Laser Scanning.” Remote Sensing, 13(9):1674.
  • Qi, Y., Chan, F., O'donnell, E., Thorne, C., Feng, M., Sang, Y., et al. (2021). "Exploring the development of the Sponge City Program (SCP): the case of Gui'an New District, Southwest China." Frontiers in Water, 3, 41.
  • Xie, P., Wu, L., Sang, Y. F., Chan, F., Chen, J., Wu, Z., & Li, Y. (2021). "Correlation-aided method for identification and gradation of periodicities in hydrologic time series." Geoscience Letters, 8(1), 1-16.
  • Xu, Y., Chan, F., Stanton, T., Johnson, M., Kay, P., He, J., Wang, J., Kong, C., Wang, Z., Liu, D., Xu, Y. (2021). "Synthesis of dominant plastic microfibre prevalence and pollution control feasibility in Chinese freshwater environments." Science of The Total Environment: 146863.
  • Li, L.., Cheshmehzangi A., Chan, F., Ives, D.C. (2021). "Mapping the Research Landscape of Nature-Based Solutions in Urbanism." Sustainability 13(7): 3876.
  • O′Donnell, E. C., Netusil, N., Chan, F., Dolman, N. and Gosling, S. (2021). "International Perceptions of Urban Blue-Green Infrastructure: A Comparison across Four Cities." Water 13(4): 544.
  • Zheng, C.-L., Tian, R., Chan, F., Peng, B., Li, G., Xu, Y. (2021). "Statistical approach reveals tidal effect on the antibiotics and environmental relationship with the case study of Yongjiang Estuary, China." Marine Environmental Research 164: 105244. DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2020.105244
  • Stanton, T, Kay, P, Johnson, M, Chan, F. et al. (2020). It's the product not the polymer: Rethinking plastic pollution. WIREs Water. 2021; 8: e1490.
  • Xiao, Z., Zhang, Y., Li, G., Carter, L., Wang, H., Ding, J., Chan, F., Hao,Y., Xu, Y. (2020) Application of pharmaceutical waste sludge compost alters the antibiotic resistome in soil under the Chinese cabbage system, Journal of Cleaner Production, 125229.
  • Qi, Y.; Chan, F.; Thorne, C.; O’Donnell, E.; Quagliolo, C.; Comino, E.; Pezzoli, A.; Li, L.; Griffiths, J.; Sang, Y.; Feng, M. (2020) Addressing Challenges of Urban Water Management in Chinese Sponge Cities via Nature-Based Solutions. Water, 12, 2788.
  • Alex M. Lechner, Rachel L. Gomes, Lucelia Rodrigues, Matthew J. Ashfold, Sivathass Bannir Selvam, Ee Phin Wong, Christopher M. Raymond, Alexandra Zieritz, Kong Wah Sing, Peter Moug, Lawal Billa, Saut Sagala, Ali Cheshmehzangi, Karen Lourdes, Badrul Azhar, Ruzana Sanusi, Christopher D. Ives, Yu-Ting Tang, David Tan, Chan F., Tapan Kumar Nath, Nur Aliya Binti Sabarudin, Sarah Metcalfe, Natalie M. Gulsrud, Mark Scheursch, Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz, Mark G. Macklin, Chris Gibbins; Challenges and considerations of applying nature-based solutions in low- and middle-income countries in Southeast and East Asia. (2020) Blue-Green Systems doi:
  • Xu, Y-Y., Chan, F., He, J., Johnson, M., Gibbins, C., Kay, P., Stanton, T., Xu, Y-Y., Li, G., Feng, M-L., Paramor, O., Yu, X-B. & Zhu, Y-G. (2020) A critical review of microplastic pollution in urban freshwater environments and legislative progress in China: Recommendations and insights, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/10643389.2020.1801308
  • Li, L., Alexandra M.C., Cheshmehzangi A., Chan F. (2020) Identifying enablers and barriers to the implementation of the Green Infrastructure for urban flood management: A comparative analysis of the UK and China, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 54, 126770.
  • Lo, Y., Liu S., Cheung, L.T.O., Chan, F. (2020) Contested Transformations: Sustainable Economic Development and Capacity for Adapting to Climate Change. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 110 (1): 223-241.
  • O’Donnell E., Thorne C.R., Yeakley J.A., Chan F. (2020) Sustainable Flood Risk and Stormwater Management in Blue-Green Cities; an Interdisciplinary Case Study in Portland, Oregon. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (
  • Griffiths J, Chan F, M, Zhu FF and Higgitt D, (2020) Interpretation and application of Sponge City guidelines in China. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences (
  • Wang J., Wei H.S., Cheng K., Ochir A., Davaasuren D., Li P.F., Chan F., Nasanbat E. (2020), Spatio-Temporal Pattern of Land Degradation from 1990 to 2015 in Mongolia, Environmental Development. 2020, 100497,
  • Ibrahim, Muhammad, Li, Gang, Chan, F., Paul, Liu, Xiao-Xia, Firbank, Les, Xu, Yao-Yang (2019) Biochars effects potentially toxic elements and antioxidant enzymes in Lactuca sativa L. grown in multi-metals contaminated soil. Environmental Technology & Innovation. 15: 100427.
  • Teo, H. C., Lechner, A., Walton G. W., Chan, F., Cheshmehzangi A., Tan-Mullins, M., Chan, H.K., Sternberg T., Campos-Arceiz, A. (2019). "Environmental Impacts of Infrastructure Development under the Belt and Road Initiative." Environments 6(6): 72.
  • Meng M., Dabrowski M., Tai Y., Stead D., Chan, F. (2019) Collaborative spatial planning in the face of flood risk in delta cities: A policy framing perspective. Environmental Science and Policy, 96, 95-104.
  • Lamond, J., Bhattacharya Mis, N., Chan, F., Kreibach, H., Montz, B., Proverbs, D., Wilkinson, S.J. (2019) Flood risk insurance, mitigation and commercial property valuation. Property Management (In Press) DOI (10.1108/PM-11-2018-0058).
  • Chan F., Joon C.C., Ziegler A., Dabrowski M. and Varis O. (2018) Towards resilient flood risk management for Asian coastal cities: lessons learned from Hong Kong and Singapore. Journal of Cleaner Production, 187, 576-589.
  • Chan F., Griffiths G., Higgitt D., Shuyang X., Fangfang Z., Yu-Ting T., Yuyao X. and Thorne C. (2018) “Sponge City” in China – a breakthrough of planning and flood risk management in the urban context. Land Use Policy, 76, 772-228.
  • Griffiths, J., Zhu F.-F. Chan F. and Higgitt D. Modelling the impact of sea-level rise on urban flood probability in SE China. Geoscience Frontiers (In Press - available online since 29 March 2018)
  • Bhattacharya Mis, N., Lamond, J., Montz, B., Kreibach, H., Wilkinson, S.J., Chan, F., Proverbs, D. (2018) "Flood risk to commercial property: Training and education needs of built environment professionals", International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Vol. 9 Issue: 4/5, pp.385-401,
  • Tang Y.T., Chan F., O’Donnell E., Griffiths J., Lau L., Higgitt D. and Thorne C. (2018) Aligning Ancient and Modern Approaches to Sustainable Urban Water Management in China: Ningbo as a ‘Blue-Green City’ in the ‘Sponge City’ Campaign. Journal of Flood Risk Management.
  • Yang, L., Chan F. and Scheffran, J. (2018) Climate change, water management and stakeholder analysis in the Dongjiang River Basin, China. International Journal of Water Resources Development. 34:2, 166-191. DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2016.1264294.
  • Lechner, A., Chan F., Campos-Arceiz, A. (2018) Biodiversity conservation should be a Core Value of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2, 408-409. DOI: 0.1038/s41559-017-0452-8.
  • Everett, G., Lamond, J., Mozillo, A., Matsler M. and Chan, F. (2018) Delivering Green Streets: An exploration of changing perceptions and behaviours over time around bioswales in Portland, Oregon. Journal of Flood Risk Management. 11, 973-985. DOI: 10.1111/jfr3.12225.
  • Griffiths, J., Chan F., Zhu F.-F., Wang V. and Higgitt D. (2017) Reach-scale variation surface water quality in a reticular canal system in the lower Yangtze River Delta region, China. Journal of Environmental Management, 196, 80-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.02.079.
  • Lo, Y., Chan F. (2017) Preparing for flooding in England and Wales: the role of risk perception and the social context in driving individual action. Natural Hazards, 88:1, 367-387. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-017-2870-y.
  • Francesch, M., Dabrowski, M., Tai, Y.-T., Chan, F. and Stead, D. (2017) Governance challenges of climate adaptation in flood-prone delta cities: bridging the gap between spatial planning and flood risk management. Progress in Planning. 114, 1-27. Doi: 10.1016/j.progress.2015.11.001.
  • Lo, Y., Xu, B. Chan, F. & Su, R. (2016) Household economic resilience to catastrophic rainstorms and flooding in a Chinese megacity. Geographical Research. 54:4, 406-419.
  • Everett, G., Lamond, J., Mozillo, A., Chan, F. and Matsler M. (2016) Can sustainable drainage systems help people live with water? Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Water Management, 169(2), 94-104.
  • Wesselink A, Warner J, Abu Syed S, Chan, F., Duc Tran D, Haq H, Huthoff F, Le Thuy N, Pinter N, Van Staveren M, Wester P, Zegwaard A (2015) Trends in flood risk management in deltas around the world: are we going ‘soft’? International Journal of Water Governance 4(3), 18-25. DOI: 10.7564/15-IJWG90.
  • Tang, Y.-T., Chan, F. and Griffiths, J. (2015) City profile: Ningbo. Cities, 42, Part A, 97-108.
  • Lo, Y., Xu, B., Chan, F. and Su, R. (2015) Social capital and community preparedness for urban flood hazards in China. Applied Geography, 64, 1-11.
  • Chan, F., Wright, N., Cheng, X.-T. and Griffiths, J. (2014) After Sandy - rethinking flood risk management in Asian coastal megacities. Natural Hazards Review, 15(2) 101 – 103. DOI: 10.1061/ (ASCE) NH.1527-6996.0000117.
  • Chan F., Adekola O.A., Mitchell, G., Ng C.N., and McDonald A.T. (2013) Towards sustainable flood risk management in the mega-cities, the Pearl River Delta case. Irrigation and Drainage, 62(4), 501-509. DOI: 10.1002/ird.1733.
  • Chan, F., Adekola, O., Ng, C.N., Mitchell, G. and McDonald, A. (2013) Coastal flood risk management practice in Tai O town, Hong Kong. Environmental Practice, 15 (3), 1-19. DOI:
  • Chan, F., Mitchell, G., Adekola, O. and McDonald, A. (2013) Appraising sustainable flood risk management in coastal mega-cities: A case study of practice in the Pearl River Delta, China. Water and Climate Change. 4(4), 390-409. Doi:10.2166/wcc.2013.018.
  • Jiang, Y., Chan, F., Guan, D., and Holden, J. (2013) China’s water management – challenges for now and solutions for the future? Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 12(7) 1535-1545.
  • Chan, F., Adekola, O., Cheng, X.-T., Mitchell, G. and McDonald, A. (2013) Developing a sustainable flood risk assessment framework for the Pearl River Delta, China. Environment and Urbanization Asia, 4(2), 301-323.
  • Chan, F., Mitchell, G., Adekola, O. and McDonald, A. (2012) Flood risk in Asia’s urban mega-deltas: Drivers, impacts and response. Environment and Urbanization Asia, 3(1), 41-62.
  • Chan, F., Mitchell, G. and McDonald, A. (2012) Flood risk appraisal and management in the mega-cities: A case study of practice in the Pearl River Delta, China. Water Practice and Technology, 7(4), 1-9. DOI: 10.2166/wpt.2012.060.
  • Chan, F. "Book review: Guo, Rongxing (2012) Cross-Border Resource Management: Theory and Practice. Elsevier: Amsterdam. Second Edition. ISBN: 978-0-08-098319-6." Environment and Urbanization Asia, 3(2), 423-425.

Conference Paper/Proceedings

  • Chan, F. The development of Sponge City Program (SCP) – a transition of urban stormwater management and planning practice in Chinese cities, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-3301,, 2021.
  • Bhattacharya Mis, N., Chan, F., Kreibach, H., Montz, B., Lamond, J., Proverbs, D., Wilkinson, S.J. (2018) Advising on flood risk – opportunities and challenges across international commercial property markets. RICS Conference Proceeding ( )
  • Wilkinson, S.J., Lamond, J., Proverbs, D., Kreibach, H., Chan, F., Montz, B., Bhattacharya Mis, N. (2016) An international understanding of Building Surveyors in the context of commercial properties at risk of flooding. RICS Conference Proceeding (
  • Chan, F., McDonald, A.T. & Mitchell, G. (2012) Flood risk appraisal and management in mega-cities: A case study of practice in the Pearl River Delta, China. Proceedings of International Water Association Singapore International Water Week Convention. Singapore. 1-5 July 2012.
  • Chan, F., McDonald, A.T. & Mitchell, G. (2010) Sustainable flood risk assessment and management: comparative case studies between the Pearl River Delta and United Kingdom. Proceedings of International Conference on Water Resource and Water Quality Management cum Forum on Water Resource and Water Quality Management in Pearl River Delta. Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China. 13 - 18 December 2010.

Conference presentations

Invitations from conferences, symposiums and seminars

  • Invited to present a keynote at EGU assembly 2021, Chan, F.: The development of Sponge City Program (SCP) – a transition of urban stormwater management and planning practice in Chinese cities, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-3301,, 2021.
  • Invited to present a paper, “Balancing development with Environment”, the Sino-German Young Scientist Forum, Xian University of Science and Technology. 25-26 Mar, 2019.
  • Invited to be a keynote speaker at the Friends of the Earth Water Forum, “Designing coastal defence Infrastructures to withstand 100-year floods in the Greater Bay Area”. 22 Mar, 2019. Hong Kong.
  • Invited to present a school seminar, “Coastal management strategies in Chinese coastal cities” at the Urban Studies Department, Delft TU. 24 Jan, 2019, Delft, the Netherlands.
  • Invited to present a paper, “Sustainable flood risk management at Chinese coastal megacities” at the 3rd international workshop on urbanisation in watersheds: Adaptation to Environmental Change from a Water Drop to a River. 31 October – 2 November 2018, Xiamen, China.
  • Invited to present a paper, “Flood disaster preparations and recovery processes: the case of Hong Kong”, at the 2nd international workshop for disaster risk reduction knowledge service.” 20-21, 2018, Beijing, China.
  • Invited to present at the Visiting Science Scholar Seminar Series 2018, “The Climate Crisis: Flood Risk Management Strategies and Coastal City Development” on 12 April 2018, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.
  • Invited to present at the school seminar at the Changan University, title “flood risk management strategies in Hong Kong and Ningbo” on 19 June 2017, Changan University, Xian, China
  • Invited to present at the school seminar at the Department of Geography, Chinese University of Hong Kong, title, “flood risk impacts on Asian coastal cities” on 8 September 2016, Hong Kong
  • Invited to present at a guest seminar at the Architecture department, University of Hong Kong - Governance on flood risk management and climate change adaptations: the cases of Chinese coastal megacities, 15 June 2016
  • Invited to present at a guest seminar at UNESCO-IHE, Delft (the Netherlands), title: Rethink about sustainable flood risk management practices in two Chinese Deltas – the case of Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta, 10 May 2016
  • Invited to present in the public lecture, titled “Coastal mega-cities in East Asia: transformation, success and environmental challenges”, in the Interdisciplinary Geosciences section, 12th Annual Meeting Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) conference (2-7 August 2015), Singapore (
  • Invited to present in the 3rd International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC2014): Urban Adaptation and Building Resilience in HK and Asia's Major Cities (27-29 Nov 2014), Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong.
  • Invited to attend and presented in the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) workshop on disaster risk reduction in Asian River Deltas (6-7 Nov 2013) in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Invited to chair a session and presented in the ECSA 53: Estuaries and coastal areas in times of intense change conference (13-17 Oct 2013) at East China University, Shanghai, China.
  • Invited to chair a session in the Forum on Water Resources and Water Quality Management in Pearl River Delta (13 - 18 December 2010), Hong Kong SAR and Guangzhou, China.

Conference Meeting Presentations

  • Presented at the 7th International Conference of flood management (ICFM7) for two papers, title: “Sponge city case study in Ningbo” and “Wuhan flood post-disaster management strategies in 1998 and 2016 flood events”, 4-8 September 2017, Leeds, UK
  • Presented at the Adaptation Future 2016 conference (10-13 May 2016), title: “Benchmarking coastal flood risk management practice in two Chinese megacities, the cases of Hong Kong and Ningbo”, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Presented in the Deltas in Times of Climate Change II conference (24-26 Sep 2014) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Presented in the CIWEM annual conference “Green Revolution, Are we there yet?” (20 – 21 March 2012), London, United Kingdom.
  • Presented in the IWA Singapore International Water Week 2012 (1 – 5 July 2012), Singapore.
  • Presented in the IAHR 35th World Water Congress (8-13 Oct, 2013) in Chengdu, China.


Funded projects / Research grants

Research Grants

  1. Co-investigator – Diku – Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education refers to your application for the UTFORSK Programme 2020; project title “Building resilience through education and research in nature-based solutions (BUILD) (UTF- 2020/10061), awarded 3 million NOK (TBC the portion for UNNC) (lead by Universitetet i Stavanger – UiS, Prof. Ari Krisna Mawira Tarigan). This project is collaborated with other partners such as North West University (South Africa); University of Toronto (Canada); Alabama A&M University (USA); and Høgskolen i Østfold (Norway).
  2. Co-investigator – “Integrating science and monitoring to predict emerging risks for water pollution and river ecosystem health “; Interdisciplinary Research Clusters Flexible Funding, University of Nottingham, Granted £15,000; 1st February - 31st July 2020.
  3. Core member – “Special Fund Project for Science and Technology Innovation Strategy of Guangdong Province 2019; Unit 5 – Climate Extreme mitigation and policy improvement in the Greater Bay Area (Grant No.2019B121205004 & 2019YFC1510405), funded by Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and Guangdong Provincial Bureau of Science and Technology (led by Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University). Granted 3 million RMB; 2020-2024.
  4. Co-investigator – “Developing new Blue-Green futures: multifunctional infrastructure to address water challenges” funded by the British Academy, UK (IC3/100093). Granted £50,000, March 2019- August 2020.
  5. Principal investigator - “the microplastics and impacts to urban catchment – case of Ningbo” funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, International Youth Scientist grant (41850410497). Granted 400,000 RMB (equivalent to £45,000), 2019-2021.
  6. Principal investigator – Sponge City: urban flood resilience pilot project in Ningbo East New Town, funded by the Ningbo Municipal Government. Granted 885,000 RMB (equivalent to £105,000), 2016-2018.
  7. Principal investigator - Quantifying the impacts and risk of Typhoon related flooding in Ningbo (201401C5008005), funded by Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau, Ningbo Municipal Government. Granted 185,000 RMB (equivalent to £ 20,000), 2014-2017.
  8. Co-investigator – Sustainable port logistic and big data study at Ningbo Port, funded by Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau. Granted 500,000 RMB (equivalent to £ 55,000), 2017-2020.
  9. Co–investigator – Nature based solutions for disaster risk reduction and resilience to climate change in urban environments. Submitted to APNIS, if funded $USD 85500, 2018-2020.
  10. Co-investigator - An International Evaluation of the Role of Chartered Surveyors in Providing Professional Flood Risk Advice on Commercial Property, funded by the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Trust. Granted £30,000 (£6,000 to Nottingham Ningbo). 2015-2017.
  11. Principal investigator - Urban Water and Flood Risk Management: China – UK – USA Collaboration, funded by Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau, Ningbo Municipal Government. Granted 80,000 RMB (equivalent to £ 8000), 2014-2015.
  12. Co-investigator – Assessment of flood and water management capacity of contemporary and historical water infrastructure in Ningbo, funded by the University of Nottingham Ningbo Sandpit research grant. Granted 50,000 RMB (equivalent to £5,000), 2014-2015.

PhD Supervision

Internal Examination of PhD and MPhil degrees

  • Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, 2018 June (External).
  • Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) Islamabad, Pakistan, 2020 February (External).
  • Internal Examiner for Linjun Xie (Architecture and Building Environment) in August 2019
  • Internal Examiner for Jing Sun (Architecture and Building Environment) in September 2020

Professional Services

Journal Editorships

ACSE of Natural Hazards Review, Associate Editor (from Dec 2019 – present)

Water, topic editorship on urban water governance and management (from Feb 2021 – present)

Frontiers of Water, Guest Special Issue Editor, Urban Flood Resilience and Sustainable Flood Management Strategies in Megacities (Sep 2020 – Sep 2021)

Resources, Conservation & Recycling, Guest Special Issue Editor, Virtual Special Issue (VSI): Sustainable Urbanisation (Jan 2021 – Sep 2021)


Grants Reviewing Assessors and Activities

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Research Council United Kingdom (RCUK)


Journal Reviewing Activities

Global Environmental Change, Journal of Cleaner Production, Environmental Research Letters, Disasters, Journal of Water and Environment and International Water Association (IWA) journal of Water and Climate Change, ASCE Journals of Natural Hazards Review, Natural Hazards, Environment and Urbanization Asia, Wiley Wires of Water, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, Urban Climate, Ocean and Coastal Management, Ecological Modelling, Journal of Flood risk Management and International Journal of Water Resources Development


Other Professional Activities

§ Visiting Professorship/Faculty at College of Business, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) (Sept 2021 – December 2023)

§ Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Water@Leeds Research Institute, University of Leeds (Sept 2019 – December 2024)

§ Editing Panel Committee in the 4th National Climate Change Assessment Report of the People’s Republic of China – the chapter of Hong Kong, Macao and Pearl River Delta Region, contribute towards the urban floods and typhoon hazards section (section 2) in the report (2018-present).

§ Editing Panel Committee in the UK-Singapore ASEAN COP26 policy report on Green Finance, British High Commission at Singapore – UK Govt (March – June 2021).

§ Five Water Management Local expert panel committee in Ningbo from September 2014 to now on urban flood and water management (2014- present).

§ Research Fellow, Civic Exchange, Environmental Think Tank in Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area Region, China (2010-2014)

§ Chairman of the Water@leeds Postgraduates forum, Water@leeds research group, University of Leeds, UK (2008 – 2011)

§ Chairman of the Delta research group in the water@leeds research group, University of Leeds (2010-2012)

§ Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Water@Leeds Research Institute, University of Leeds, UK (2016-2022)

§ Associate of the Higher Education Academy, Associate reference: 36855 from the UK Higher Education Academy.

§ ULTA-1 teaching associate certificate in University of Leeds awarded in August 2008

§ Member of Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)