Nairobi/New York, 27 October 2008 - Professor Anthony Gar-On Yeh has won the 2008 UN-HABITAT Lecture Award. The Award is presented by UN-HABITAT through the Global Research Network on Human Settlements (HS-Net), an international board that advises UN-HABITAT on its Global Report on Human Settlements. The award seeks to recognize outstanding and sustained contribution to research, thinking and practice in the human settlements field. A key component of the award is the delivery, by the winner, of a lecture before a live audience. Professor Yeh will present his lecture entitled “GIS as a Planning Support System for the Planning of Harmonious Cities” on 4 November 2008 during the fourth session of the World Urban Forum, Nanjing, China (3-6 November, 2008).
Professor Yeh is one of the foremost urban planners in Asia. He is currently Dean of the Graduate School, Head and Chair Professor of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Director of both the Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Research Centre at the University of Hong Kong. Apart from serving as honorary professors in key universities and research institutes in China, he has served in numerous academic institutions across Asia in various capacities, including the University Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, National Taiwan University and University of Tokyo. He has been the Chairman of the Hong Kong Geographical Association, President of the Hong Kong GIS Association and Vice-President of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners. Professor Yeh also holds key positions in international associations including as Vice-President of the Commonwealth Association of Planners (1988-91); as Founding Secretary-General of the Asian Planning Schools Association (1993-present) and Founding Secretary-General of the Asia GIS Association (2003-present); and as Chairman of the Geographic Information Science Commission of the International Geographic Union (1996-04).
Having authored 40 books and monographs and over 200 journal papers and book chapters, Professor Yeh has had a profound influence on thinking and practice in the field of urban planning. In particular, he has undertaken extensive research and published widely on the application of GIS to urban planning and management. He has received a number of awards for his work including the Hong Kong’s Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellowships Award (2001) and the Award for Best Scientific Paper in GIS of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. In 1988, he was elected as Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners for his distinguished contributions to urban planning and became the youngest member to receive this recognition. He was also awarded the ‘Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ in 2003, the highest academic honour given to researchers in China.
Professor Anthony Yeh is a pioneer in the application of information technologies to the field of urban and regional studies and continues to make outstanding contributions in this regard in addition to his work on new towns in Asia and urban development and planning in Hong Kong and China. His work has had widespread influence on human settlements research and policy formulation within China and across the Asia-Pacific region.
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