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Professor Yau Yung

Professor YAU Yung

Professor of Urban Studies




Tel: (852) 2616 7945
Fax: (852) 2456 0737


LBY112/2, B.Y. Lam Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong


Prof. Yau is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong. Before joining Lingnan University in August 2021, he had lectured and researched in the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong for over ten years. His research interest includes anti-social behavior in housing, building illegality, housing economics, governance of multi-owned properties, inclusive cities and urban regeneration. Currently, he is a member of the Appeal Tribunal Panel (Buildings), the Building Committee of the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, the Working Group on Social Housing Operation and Services of The Hong Kong Council of Social Service and the Working Group on Private Premises and Urban Revitalisation of Sham Shui Po District Council.

Areas of Interest 

  • Anti-social Behavior in Housing
  • Building Illegality
  • Governance of Multi-owned Housing
  • Inclusive Cities
  • Urban Renewal and Regeneration


BSc (HKU); PhD (HKU)

Selected Publications

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Journal Articles 

Yuan, Y., Yau, Y., Hou, H., & Liu, S. (2021). Factors influencing the project duration of urban village redevelopment in contemporary China, Land, 10(7), 707.

Yau, Y., & Cheung, T.C. (2021). Revisiting the concept of the property state: Private landowners and suburban development in Hong Kong. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 80(2), 427-464.

La Grange, A., & Yau, Y. (2020). Neighbourhood attachment and satisfaction: A Hong Kong’s case study. Open House International, 46(1), 96-113.

Yuan, D., Yau, Y., Bao, H., & Lin, W. (2020). A framework for understanding institutional arrangements of urban village redevelopment projects in China. Land Use Policy, 99, 104998.

Yau, Y. (2020). Direct and impacts of housing tenure mix on antisocial behavior: A study of Hong Kong’s private housing communities. Social Sciences, 9(7), 124.

Yuan, D., Bao, H., Yau, Y., & Skitmore, M. (2020). Case-based analysis of the drivers and challenges for implementing government-led urban village redevelopment projects in China: Evidence from Zhejiang Province. Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 146(3), 5020014.

Liu, Y., & Yau, Y. (2020). Urban entrepreneurialism vs market society: The geography of China’s neoliberal urbanism. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 44(2), 266-288.


Working Papers

Yau, Y., Hou, H., & Yip, K.C. (In submission). Agency and transaction-cost perspectives on eco-certification of existing buildings: A study of Hong Kong.

Zhou, Z., & Yau, Y. (In submission). The small property rights housing institution in mainland China: The perspective of substitutability of institutional functions.

Yau, Y. (In submission). Opening up of gated communities: A reality of a mirage?

Yau, Y., & Liu, Y. (In submission). Homeowner participation, social loafing and sense of community: A Macau study.


Editorial Board Member

Journal of African Real Estate Research
Journal of Construction Research
Journal of Urban Planning & Development
Surveying & Built Environment
Theoretical & Empirical Researches in Urban Management
Urban & Regional Planning
Urbani izziv


Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer 

Habitat International
Housing Studies
Journal of Housing & the Built Environment
Journal of Urban Planning & Development
Land Use Policy
Urban Studies

Teaching Subjects

Academic Year:  2022 - 2023

1st Term:


Policy Processes & Analysis


Smart Cities Seminar


China & Regional Studies

2nd Term:


Research Methods in Policy Studies

Co-supervisor: : Mr. Lau Ho Wing, Kayson (PhD student)