Prof. Chris Webster, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong trained in urban planning, computer science, economics, and economic geography and is a leading urban theorist and spatial economic modeler. He has published over 150 scholarly papers on spontaneous urban order and received over £ 25 million in grants for research, teaching and learning projects. He was co-editor of Environment and Planning B for ten years.
Books include Webster and Lai (2003) Property Rights, Planning and Markets, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar; Glasze, Webster and Frantz, (2006) Private Cities, London, Routledge; Wu, Webster, He and Liu, (2010) Urban Poverty in China, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar; and Wu and Webster (Editors) Marginalisation in Urban China. London: Palgrave McMillan; and Sarkar, Webster and Gallacher (2014) Healthy Cities: Public Health Through Urban Planning. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Professor Webster has published five prize-winning academic papers on urban theory. His current research agenda is to establish systematic evidence for the relationship between urban configuration (planned and spontaneous) and individual health. He was PI on a UK ESRC-funded ‘Transformative Research’ project that created 700 built environment morphometrics for each of the 500,000 members of the UK Biobank, the country’s flagship epidemiological study. This has yielded a stream of papers in top tier epidemiology and public health journals including BMJ and The Lancet (Planetary Health).