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Dr. LAW Winnie

FHEA, MHKIQEP, PhD (HKU), MPlan & BPlan (Auckland)
Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer


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Dr Winnie Law is the Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer at the Centre for Civil Society and Governance of The University of Hong Kong. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on sustainable development, community planning and environmental management. She also works with a team of researchers and conducts policy research, action research and knowledge exchange projects on rural revitalization, social innovation, community engagement and corporate sustainability. Dr Law has been a director of the Conservancy Association since 2005 and has served on a number of HKSAR Government’s advisory committees including Advisory Council for the Environment. At the regional level, Dr Law was commissioned by the EU and UNDP as a planning and social monitoring expert for their city planning and environmental management programmes in Vietnam. Dr Law was one of the invited speakers for the first TedxTongChongSt’s series on Hacking the Future and delivered a talk on Future of Sustainability in 2019.




2000-2003 The University of Hong Kong
PhD (Sustainable Urban Regeneration and Social Impact Assessment)


1999 University of Auckland, New Zealand
MPlan (Merit)


1995-1998 University of Auckland, New Zealand
BPlan (1st Honour)



Academic Career

2019-present The University of Hong Kong
Centre for Civil Society and Governance
Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer


2016-2019 The University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Social Sciences
Policy for Sustainability Lab
Associate Director and Principal Lecturer


2008-2016 The University of Hong Kong
Kadoorie Institute
Last position as Assistant Director and Principal Lecturer


2003-2008 The University of Hong Kong
Centre for Urban Planning and Environmental Management
Last position as Teaching Consultant



Current Projects

HSBC Rural Sustainability

Social Innovations for Sustainable Communities (supported by HSBC)

Long-term Decarbonisation Strategy (Council for Sustainable Development)

Pilot Study on Underground Space Development in Selected Strategic Urban Areas – Feasibility Study (Civil Engineering and Development Department and Planning Department, HKSARG)



Selected Publications

Fok, K.W.K. & LAW, W.W.Y. (2018), “City re-imaged: Multi-stakeholder study on branding Hong Kong as a city of greenery,” Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 206, pp. 1039-1051.

Xu, Q., Chen, J., Peart, M. R., Ng, C. N., Hau, B. C. H., and Law, W. W. Y. (2018), “Exploration of severities of rainfall and runoff extremes in ungauged catchments: a case study of Lai Chi Wo in Hong Kong, China Science of the Total Environment,” Science of the Total Environment.

Chan, K.N., Kim, E.J., Lam, W.F., Law, W.W.Y. and Zhao, Z. (2017), “The Politics of Information Processing in Environmental Policymaking: Evidence from Hong Kong”, conference paper presented at 2017 Environmental Politics and Governance Conference, June 21-24, 2017, Indiana University, Bloomington, US.

Chow W.C., Leung T.H.D. and Law W.W.Y. (2017), Promotion of Sustainable Consumption of Biological Resources – Final Report, policy study commissioned by the Council for Sustainable Development.

Law W.W.Y., Chow W.C., Lee C.K. and Lau S.C.B., (2015), “Final Report: Consultancy Study for the Enhancement Works to the Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Gardens”, for Leisure and Cultural Services Department, HKSARG.

Law, W.Y. et al (eds) (2014), Exploring Lung Fu Shan: A Nature Guide, Hong Kong: HKU Press.

“Environmental Strategy and Measure for Transformation of Development Mode in Eastern China,” Special Policy Study Report for China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, December 2012.