Dr Eric Chan DPhil (Oxon), MPhil (HKU), BA (HKU)

Lecturer in Transport and Logistics Management

Key details

Dr Eric Chan

Lecturer in Transport and Logistics Management

Dr Eric Chan joined the University of Greenwich in 2021. He completed his DPhil in University of Oxford, School of Geography and the Environment, researching the role of built environment on people’s travel behaviour and well-being. He received his BA and MPhil degrees from the University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining University of Greenwich, he worked as Research Associate for a UKRI-funded research project on vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in Newcastle University and the Alan Turing Institute. He also worked in the transport consultancy industry in Hong Kong for 5 years before pursuing his academic career in Oxford.

Dr Eric Chan has published his work in a number of top-tier journals in transport and management, including Transportation, Landscape and Urban Planning, Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, Sustainable Cities and Society, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Current Issues in Tourism, etc.

His publication list can be found in Google Scholar.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Teaching and administrative activities
  • Research

Research / Scholarly interests

Dr Eric Chan’s current research is broadly located within the fields of transport, mobility and well-being, with a focus on the Global South. His current research projects centre around the following themes:

  • Built environment, travel and sustainability. This study explores the complex relationships between the built environment on people’s travel behaviour, as well as its connections with health, sustainability and well-being. Using a mixed-methods design, this study investigates the roles of various person-related factors in influencing people’s travel behaviour and experience.
  • Mobility and well-being. This project focuses on understanding how different forms of mobility (both long- and short-term movement) shape individual’s well-being. Specifically, we examined diasporas and their return visits on their well-being; the tourism practices of Chinese older adults and ageing well.

Recent publications

  • Li, T. E. & Chan, E. T. H. (in press). “With a young spirit, we will be young forever”: Exploring the links between tourism and ageing well in contemporary China. Tourism Management.
  • Chan, E. T. H., Schwanen, T., & Banister, D. (2021). Towards a multiple-scenario approach for walkability assessment: An empirical application in Shenzhen, China. Sustainable Cities and Society. DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2021.102949
  • Chan, E. T. H., Schwanen, T., & Banister, D. (2021). The role of perceived environment, neighbourhood characteristics, and attitudes in walking behaviour: Evidence from a rapidly developing city in China. Transportation. 48, 431-454.
  • Chan, E. T. H., Li, T. E., Schwanen, T., & Banister, D. (2020). People and their walking environments: An exploratory study of meanings, place and times. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation. DOI: 10.1080/15568318.2020.1793437
  • Li, T. E. & Chan, E. T. H. (2020). Diaspora tourism and well-being over life-courses. Annals of Tourism Research. 82, 102917.DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2020.102917
  • Li, T. E., McKercher, B., & Chan, E. T. H. (2019). Towards a conceptual framework for diaspora tourism. Current Issues in Tourism, 23(17), 2109-2126.
  • Li, T. E. & Chan, E. T. H. (2018). Connotations of ancestral home: An exploration of place attachment by multiple generations of Chinese diaspora. Population, Space and Place, 24(8), e2147. DOI: 10.1002/psp.2147
  • Li, T. E. & Chan, E. T. H. (2017). Diaspora and well-being: A eudaimonic view. Annals of Tourism Research. 63: 205-206.
  • Loo, P.Y., Chen, C., & Chan, E. T. H. (2010). Rail-based transit-oriented development: Lessons from New York City and Hong Kong. Landscape and Urban Planning, 97(3), 202-212.


  • Chan, E. T. H., Schwanen, T., & Banister, D. (2019). Assessing street level walkability in Shenzhen: A multiple-scenario walkability approach. The Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers 2019. Washington D.C., USA.
  • Chan, E. T. H., Schwanen, T., & Banister, D. (2018). Perceived environment, neighbourhood characteristics, and attitudes in affecting walking behaviour: Some preliminary findings. Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference 2018. Cardiff, UK.