Faith Chan

Associate Professor in Environmental Sciences; Faculty Exchange officer; Faculty Master (MSc and MRes ) Programme Officer

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)


PGCHE (Nottingham)

Teaching Associate (UKHEA)


Dr Faith, Ka Shun Chan 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 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.

He has published more than 30 publications in top tier international peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Cleaner Production, Land Use Policy, Journal of Flood Risk Management, Nature Ecology and Evolution, Progress in Planning, Applied Geography, Nature Hazards, International Journal of Water Resources Management, etc., book chapters and magazines. Currently, he is based at University of Nottingham Ningbo China and aims to work further on projects concerning urban resilience, flood risk management, water resources management, and climate change adaptations in Asian cities.

Expertise summary

Faith has got more than 13 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 (U 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.


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

Internal Examination of PhD and MPhil degrees

Internal Examiner for Linjun Xie (Architecture and Building Environment) in August 2019

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.


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: 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 Need of Built Environment Professionals. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (In Press)

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 (In Press – available online).

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.

Book Chapters

Chan, H.K., Chan, F., O’Brien, D. (2020) International Flows in the Belt and Road Initiative Context. Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies. Springer Nature, ISBN 978-981-15-3132-3 (

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 22ROUTLEDGE, London (

Invitations from conferences, symposiums and seminars 

  • 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, 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.”  Oct.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 presentations

Conference Paper/Proceedings

  • 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 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

  • Co-investigator – “ Regional monitoring and modeling of the effects of vegetation restoration on soil erosion” funded by the Chinesisch-Deutsches Zentrum fuer Wissenschaftsfoerderung (China German Scientific Exchange Council, 中德科学中心). Granted 250,000 RMB, 2019-2020.
  • Co-investigator – “Developing new Blue-Green futures: multifunctional infrastructure to address water challenges” funded by the British Academy, UK. Granted £50,000, March 2019- August 2020.
  • 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. Granted 400,000 RMB (equivalent to £45,000), 2019-2021.
  • 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.
  • Principal investigator - Quantifying the impacts and risk of Typhoon related flooding in Ningbo, funded by Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau, Ningbo Municipal Government. Granted 185,000 RMB (equivalent to £ 20,000), 2014-2017.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Principle–investigator – Global Challenge Research Fund, Medical Research Council Networking grant. China Africa inter-countries urban flood risk study – the case of Ningbo and Lagos. Submitted, if funded, £25,000, 2018-2019.
  • Co-investigator – BRICS (BRZIL, RUSSIA, INDIA, CHINA, SOUTH AFRICA) joint scientific funding programme, Investigation of the urban water management strategies in BRICS cases. Submitted, if funded 2 million (RMB) (equivalent to £250,000), 2018-2021.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.