Associate Professor Hoon Han

City Planning UG, City Planning, City Futures Research Centre, Smart Cities

PhD (UQ); MPlan (UQ);  BArch

The concept of the ‘smart city’ is an increasingly important urban phenomenon. Smart cities carry the assumption that new digital technologies will be beneficial to everyone, when in fact there can be wide inequality in terms of access. As a city planner, I believe it is vital that we understand who the citizens are, what they need and how the physical environment can best address those needs.
Using a range of quantitative research methods, I investigate human behaviour within this smart city context. My research contributes to knowledge on the application of spatial modelling techniques that allow theories of smart cities, housing mobility, urban growth and planning to be systematically tested, explored and monitored.
This is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field that examines how smart city strategies can solve complex urban problems and, ultimately, improve the quality of life of individuals and the wider community.
Dr Hoon Han is Associate Professor of City Planning Program in the School of Built Environment, the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining UNSW in January 2011, He held teaching and researching positions at Griffith University (2009-2011) and the University of Queensland (2004-2009) where he completed his PhD program (2004). He is currently a Manuscript Editor of the journal of ‘Spatial Information Research’ (Springer) and sits on the Editorial board of ‘Housing Studies’ (Taylor & Francis). His research focuses on dynamics of residential mobility, property markets and smart cities using spatial modelling, machine learning and statistical techniques. More specifically, his research aims to contribute to the spatially integrated social science which systematically tests, explores, and monitors changes in geographic distribution and patterns in association with human behaviors, urban technologies, and location & housing choices. 
Dr Hoon has actively disseminated his research through various outlets. He has published over 100 publications including 20 high-impact Thompson Reuters Social Science Index (SSCI) journals. His publications have been cited over 1,160 times worldwide (Google Scholar h-index = 18, Mar 2021).
    Research Activities: 

    Please refer to the list of the recent publications 


    Chief Investigator (External Competitive):

    2018 cfip 3d virtual prototyping system RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE SCHEME (RIS)

    2017 Review and Improvement of Composition Adjusted Methodology in Calculation of City-Wide Median House Price in Australia 

    2016 Rapid Analytics Interactive Scenario Explorer, CRC-Spatial Information

    2016 A knowledge exchange network for Australian and Indian smart cities, AUSTRALIA-INDIA COUNCIL GRANTS PROGRAM, Department of Foreign Affairs And Trade, Australian Government 

    2015 Open innovation workshop for Korea-Australia smart cities service trade, AUSTRALIA-KOREA FOUNDATION GRANTS PROGRAM, Department of Foreign Affairs And Trade, Australian Government 

    2015 Human interaction and perceptions to/with media facade in Australia, INTERNATIONAL CONTRACT

    The impacts of his research contributions are recongnised by the following national and international awards:
    • 2020 Winner of Cutting Edge Research and Teaching: City Futures Research Centre - UNSW, QUT Design Lab, Omnilink and FrontierSI for The Rapid Analytics Interactive Scenario Explorer (RAISE) Toolkit

    • The Best Industry-Led Smart City Awards 2017 (Team Awards led by Prof Chris Pettit) by the Committee for Sydney
    • 2017 Winner of the Smart City Service Awards 2017 in the World Smart City Week (WSCW), Seoul, Korea 2017 (nominated by the DFAT Australian Embassy, Seoul)
    • 2016 Dean’s Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW
    • 2015 The Best Paper Award, Knowledge City World Summit, Daegu, Korea
    • 2014 international academic award for a significant contribution by Korea Planner Association
    • 2010 award for the inaugural vice chancellor’s research excellence (healthy city project), Griffith University.
    • 2008 winner of a best conference paper of the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International (ANZRSAI) conference at Adelaide in 2008.
    • 2004 award for best published paper of the year in Housing Studies Review Journal.
    Teaching & Supervision: 

    Dr Han teaches the core subjects in the planning and urban development program: City and Regional Economics (PLAN1004), Economics of Planning and Development (PLAN2111) and Quantitative Research Methods (PLAN1052) at an undergraduate level, and City Economics, Urban Development & Finance (PLAN7146) to postgraduates.


    Current PhD supervision:

    Ms Xueying Xiong (Main supervision): A Theoretical Foundation for Senior Housing Developers: Where Do Eldery Move After Retirement

    Mr Sarbeswar Prahraj (Main supervision): Enabling Smrt City transformations in emerging econoes: India's 100 Smart Cities Mission

    Ms Jamie Wang (Main supervision): Housing Pathways for Young Middle Class China

    Ms Vivien Shi (Joint supervision): Incorporating The Safe System And Sociodemographics Into The Built Environment Model of Traffic Safety

    Mr Ji Yu (Co-supervision): Planning for sustainable land use in Sydney using GIS-based modeling

    • Editorial Board Member of Housing Studies, Taylor & Francis 
    • Managing Editor of Journal of Spatial Information Research, Springer
    • PlA PlanTech National Working Group
    • Academic Committee of the NSW State Government Smart City Strategy  
    • Vice President of the Korea-Australia Science Engineering Association
    • Member of Planning Institute of Australia