Associate Professor Hoon Han

Associate Professor Hoon Han

PhD (UQ); MPlan (UQ);  BArch

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Built Environment
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). His research focuses on smart cities, residential mobility and property markets using a range of quantitative methods such as spatial modelling, machine learning and multivariate analysis. More specifically, his research contributes to the spatially integrated social science, which systematically tests, explores, and monitors changes in geographic location, distribution and patterns across cities and regions. Hoon Han has actively disseminated his research through various outlets. He has published over 100 publications, including scholarly books, book chapters and journal papers. His publications have been cited over 1,320 times worldwide (Google Scholar, Aug 2021).
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  • Journal articles | 2021
    Han H; Chen H; Lee J, 2021, 'Spatiotemporal changes in vertical heterogeneity: High-rise office building floor space in Sydney, Australia', Buildings, vol. 11, pp. 374 - 374,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Chia J; Lee J; Han H, 2020, 'How does the location of transfer affect travellers and their choice of travel mode?—A smart spatial analysis approach', Sensors (Switzerland), vol. 20, pp. 1 - 17,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Praharaj S; Han H; Hawken S, 2018, 'Towards The Right Model Of Smart City Governance In India', International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, vol. 13, pp. 171 - 186,

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.

Please refer to the list of the recent publications 

  • 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


My Teaching

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