Prof. Paulina Wong Pui-yun

Prof. Paulina's areas of specialization include air pollution, urban climate, GIS modeling and environmental health. Her research interests focus on examining the effects of air pollution and urban heat islands on health-related problems in densely populated cities.

Paulina Wong Pui-yun is currently an Assistant Professor in the Science Unit at Lingnan University. She joined Lingnan in August 2017. She completed her Bachelor (Physics) and Master (Geography) studies in New Zealand and obtained her Doctoral degree in 2014 from the University of Hong Kong. She has many years of industrial and academic research experience in New Zealand and Hong Kong mainly on ecological and practical applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

In 2013, she was awarded a Fulbright-Lee Hysan scholarship to conduct microclimate studies at the University of California in Berkeley, USA. She is also a certified GIS Professional. Her areas of specialization include air pollution, urban climate, GIS modeling and environmental health. Her current research interests concern environmental impact assessments with particular reference to health-related problems in Hong Kong. In recent years, her research has been extended to urban sensing, mobile geospatial technologies, environmental consciousness, education for sustainability, and smart city development.

She has published in international journals including Building and Environment, Environment International, Science of the Total Environment, Social Indicators Research, Social Science and Medicine and Tourism Management.



Doctor of Philosophy (Geography), The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Master of Public Health Module, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
CMED 6204: Health and Society
CMED 6203: Measurement in Health

Master of Science with First Class Honours (Geography), University of Auckland, New Zealand

Postgraduate Diploma of Science (Geography), University of Auckland, New Zealand

Certificate in Electrotechnology (Internet Programming), Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Graduate Diploma of Commerce (Information System), University of Auckland, New Zealand

Bachelor of Science (Physics), University of Auckland, New Zealand



Best Poster Award (Professional Category),Presented by HKGISA and 2016 H-City Conference Hong Kong (2016)

Fulbright Hong Kong Research Scholar Award, Presented by RGC and Fulbright-Lee Hysan Scheme (2013-2014 )

Conference Grant Award (Category B), Presented by Kyoto Regional Conference, Japan (2013)


Media Coverage

Interview by RTHK Radio 33, The Saturday Squad:
Interview by RTHK HK


Selected publications

Loo, BPY, Tsoi, KH, Wong, PPY, Lai PC (2021) Identification of superspreading environment under COVID‐19 through human mobility data, Scientific Reports, 11, 4699,

Sung YH, Pang C, Li TC, Wong PPY, Yu Y (2021) Ecological correlates of 20-year population trends of wintering waterbirds in Deep Bay, South China, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 9, 247

Ho, HC, Wong, PPY, Guo, C (2021) Impacts of social and environmental perceptions on preparedness and knowledge of air pollution risk: A study of adolescent males in an urbanized, high-density city, Sustainable Cities and Society, 66, 102678,

Wong PPY (2020) ​A Microclimate Study of Traffic and Pedestrianization Scenarios in a Densely Populated Urban City, Advances in Meteorology, 8741049,

Thach, TQ, Tsang, H, Lai, P, Lee, RS, Wong PPY (2019) Long-term effects of traffic exposures on mortality in a Chinese cohort, Journal of Transport & Health, 14, 100609,

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