Before gaining a PhD degree in Durham University, UK in 1993, he had self-studied marine geology while working as a shop assistant in a butcher shop of Guangzhou and learned coastal geomorphology and Quaternary science while working as a research assistant in Guangzhou Institute of Geography. Between 1993 and 2008, he was a postdoctoral research assistant, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Geography of Durham University. Since 2008, he has served the University of Hong Kong as an Associate Professor and Professor, directing the development of the environmental science major programme. He was editor in chief of the international journal, Geomorphology between 2018-2020.
ENVS3004 Environment, society and economics
ENVS3007 Natural harzards and mitigation
ENVS4999 Environmental science project