Derrick (Hung Chak) Ho

 

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Dr Derrick (Hung Chak) Ho 何鴻澤

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Research Assistant Professor

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Dr Derrick (Hung Chak) Ho 何鴻澤

Title:
Research Assistant Professor

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Hung Chak Ho (Derrick Ho) is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at The University of Hong Kong. Derrick received his PhD from Simon Fraser University, and was trained as an applied geographer with expertise in disaster medicine, health geography, spatial demography and community planning. He is serving as an Associate editor for “International Health” (Publisher: Oxford) and an Associate editor for “BMC Public Health” (Publisher: Springer​). He also served as the lead guest-editor of a special issue for “Sustainability” in 2018 (Title: “Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Planning for Urban Health and Sustainability”) and a guest editor of a special issue for “ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information” in 2019 (Title: “Geographic Complexity: Concepts, Theories, and Practices”).

Derrick’s research focuses on linkages between the built environment and human health and well-being, with particular interest in relationships between social and environmental deprivations mediated by urban form and population health. Derrick has co-developed a sociological concept of "population stress" and a “land developability index” project (www.landdevelopability.org) with the Population Research Institute at the Pennsylvania State University since 2013, and has participated in numerous studies for environmental health assessment, disaster risk management, land use planning and spatial modelling. Derrick also co-developed the government-based Heat Exposure Integrated Deprivation Index (HEIDI) with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control in Canada for disaster risk planning and public health surveillance. In addition, Derrick’s research has been widely cited and reported in local newspapers and global media, including Ming Pao (HK), South China Morning Post (HK), the Guardian (UK), CBC (Canada), and Forbes (USA). He was interviewed for professional comments with the media, including Ming Pao (HK), the Guardian (UK) and BBC (UK).

Derrick is now expanding his research to support the vulnerable and marginalized population in Asian high-density cities. This includes to develop community planning protocols for the development of a “disabled-friendly environment” across the cities. The aim of this research is to apply a mixed-methods approach for the investigation of housing, social, and environmental health problems among the people with impairment, with the hope to support this population through community design and health education in the coming future.

Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
2009Tennessee Technological UniversityB.S. in Geosciences
2012Mississippi State UniversityM.S. in Geosciences
2016Simon Fraser UniversityPhD in Geography
Biography

 

Hung Chak Ho (Derrick Ho) is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at The University of Hong Kong. Derrick received his PhD from Simon Fraser University, and was trained as an applied geographer with expertise in disaster medicine, health geography, spatial demography and community planning. He is serving as an Associate editor for “International Health” (Publisher: Oxford) and an Associate editor for “BMC Public Health” (Publisher: Springer​). He also served as the lead guest-editor of a special issue for “Sustainability” in 2018 (Title: “Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Planning for Urban Health and Sustainability”) and a guest editor of a special issue for “ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information” in 2019 (Title: “Geographic Complexity: Concepts, Theories, and Practices”).

Derrick’s research focuses on linkages between the built environment and human health and well-being, with particular interest in relationships between social and environmental deprivations mediated by urban form and population health. Derrick has co-developed a sociological concept of "population stress" and a “land developability index” project (www.landdevelopability.org) with the Population Research Institute at the Pennsylvania State University since 2013, and has participated in numerous studies for environmental health assessment, disaster risk management, land use planning and spatial modelling. Derrick also co-developed the government-based Heat Exposure Integrated Deprivation Index (HEIDI) with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control in Canada for disaster risk planning and public health surveillance. In addition, Derrick’s research has been widely cited and reported in local newspapers and global media, including Ming Pao (HK), South China Morning Post (HK), the Guardian (UK), CBC (Canada), and Forbes (USA). He was interviewed for professional comments with the media, including Ming Pao (HK), the Guardian (UK) and BBC (UK).

Derrick is now expanding his research to support the vulnerable and marginalized population in Asian high-density cities. This includes to develop community planning protocols for the development of a “disabled-friendly environment” across the cities. The aim of this research is to apply a mixed-methods approach for the investigation of housing, social, and environmental health problems among the people with impairment, with the hope to support this population through community design and health education in the coming future.

 
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