About Me
I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). 
My research addresses the interactions between human activities and the environment by developing innovative geospatial analytical methods. I strive to address the issues of the impact of the environment on human health through the lens of movement flows, transportation related emissions and traffic congestion, and built environment. My research primarily relies on large movement datasets (e.g., GPS trajectories), together with a variety of other data sources including individual GPS tracking, mobile sensing, remote sensing, land use, built environment and activity travel diaries (My CV).

Zihan Kan
Assistant Professor 
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Interests
Environmental Health and Well-being, Mobile Sensing, Spatial Analytics and Statistics
Human Mobility, Geospatial Data Mining, Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Aug 2022 – , Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Jan 2020 – July 2022, Research Grants Council Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Feb 2019 – Aug 2019, Research Associate, Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Sept 2017 – Dec 2018, Joint Ph.D. Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Sept 2014 – Dec 2019, Ph.D. in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Wuhan University, China
Sept 2010 – Jun 2014, B.S. in Cartography and Geographic Information Engineering. Wuhan University, China

What’s new!

May 2023. I’m looking for self-motivated MPhil and PhD students, RAs and postdocs working with me in the research areas of big data for environmental health, human mobility and activities, geospatial data analysis models and methods! (see Posts for more information).

December 2022. Check our new publication: Toward a Healthy Urban Living Environment: Assessing 15-Minute Green-Blue Space Accessibility in Sustainability! https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/14/24/16914

November 2022. Check our new publication: The Impact of Community Shuttle Services on Traffic and Traffic-Related Air Pollution in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/19/22/15128

June 2022. Check our new publication: Racial/Ethnic Inequity in Transit-Based Spatial Accessibility to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites in Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities! https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40615-022-01339-x

May 2022. Check our new publication: Inter‐ and intra‐racial/ethnic disparities in walking accessibility to grocery stores in Area!   https://rgs-ibg.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/area.12796

April 2022. I’m thrilled to start my career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management, CUHK!

April 2022. I and Prof. Mei-Po Kwan have organized a special issue on Sustainability to explore the role of geospatial data and methods in analyzing and promoting sustainable urban mobility and accessibility. Look forward to your submission! For more information: https://www.mdpi.com/si/117766


April 2022. Our new open-access paper on the impacts of housing characteristics and built-environment features on mental health in Hong Kong has been published on IJERPH. Free access to this paper at https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/19/9/5143