Recent Activities

Research Interests

  • Air quality and its impact on mental health of urban residents
  • Remote sensing, Geographical Information Science, and their application on socio-economic phenomenon and Air Quality Monitoring
  • big data analytics


  • PhD, 2016, The University of Hong Kong
  • MSc, 2012, Peking University
  • BSc, 2009, East China Normal University


I am a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong. I work with Professor Chris Webster on a research project that links outdoor air pollution to mental health in China and UK settings. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geographical Information Science in East China Normal University, and a Master of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Peking University.

My recent paper "Temporal Patterns in Fine Particulate Matter Time Series in Beijing: A Calendar View" published by Scientific Reports addresses a timely and important issue in China: Air pollution. The paper provided an innovative calendar visualization of PM2.5 measurements in Beijing throughout 2014 and concluded that there are three diurnal patterns and no weekly patterns; seasonal patterns exist but they do not follow a strict temporal division.

My full academic CV can be found here, and I am also on Twitter @JaymesLiu and WeChat (james_z_liu).

In my spare time, I serve as student Board member in International Association for China Planning (IACP) and I am in charge of IACP webportal and e-business. I am the founder of CNUrbanStudies.org, a free online Urban New Media focusing on China Urbanization and the first of its kind.


"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." 单丝不成线, 独木不成林。
———— Helen Keller 海伦·凯勒

I am looking for Collaborators on Remote Sensing and GIS Application in socio-economic phenomenon and Air Quality Monitoring, Geo-Spatial Health Research, Urban Planning education as well as other topical subjects such as Big Data Analytics. I am eager to collaborate with talented people with the same interests on these areas.
You are most welcome to drop me a message or contact with me at jzliu@connect.hku.hk.

我期待与有相同研究兴趣的同学老师合作, 这些领域包括遥感和GIS在社会经济以及空气监测上的应用、健康地理学、城市规划教育以及一些热门话题如大数据。我擅长空间分析和计量地理等定量分析,我也有少量这些领域内的数据。

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