Researcher biography

Frankie is a PhD candidate jointly at the University of Exeter (UK) and The University of Queensland, working with Professors Brett Day and Jonathan Rhodes, and supported by the QUEX Institute. His PhD project investigates how to make natural capital decisions under uncertainty. Drawing on the fields of environmental economics and ecology, this project characterises the uncertainties arising from integrated environment-economy models and identifies efficient spatial landscape configurations to provide ecosystem services. This project applies state-of-the-art computational methods to characterise the uncertainties arising from coupled ecological and economic models and identify efficient and robust spatial landscape configurations. These research findings will inform public policy that support sustainable natural capital management in the face of climate change.

Before starting his PhD, Frankie completed his BSocSc and MPhil in Geography at the University of Hong Kong. His previous research works applies discrete choice experiments and spatial hedonic models to estimate the economic value and residents’ preferences for urban river ecosystem services in China and Belgium. He was awarded both the HKU Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student award and the Dr. Stephen S. F. Hui Prize in Geography for his MPhil thesis focusing on environmental economics. 


Li, X., Chen, W. Y., Cho, H. T. F., & Lafortezza, R. (2021). Bringing the vertical dimension into a planar multilevel autoregressive model: A city-level hedonic analysis of homebuyers’ utilities and urban river attributes. Science of The Total Environment, 772, 145547.

Cho H. T. F., Chen, W. Y, & Hua, J. (2021), Validating citizens’ preferences for restoring urban riverscape: discrete choice experiment versus analytical hierarchy process. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 147 (7), 05021005.

Hua, J., Chen, W. Y., Liekens, I., & Cho, H. T. F. (2021). Partial attribute attendance in environmental choice experiments: A comparative case study between Guangzhou (China) and Brussels (Belgium). Journal of Environmental Management, 285, 112107.

Chen, W. Y. & Cho, H. T. F. (2021), Understanding China’s transition to environmental information transparency: citizens’ protest attitudes and choice behaviours. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2021.1880314

Li, X., Chen, W. Y., & Cho, H. T. F. (2020), 3-D spatial hedonic modelling: environmental impacts of polluted urban river in a high-rise apartment market. Landscape & Urban Planning, 2020.103883.

Chen, W. Y., & Cho, H. T. F. (2019). Environmental information disclosure and societal preferences for urban river restoration: Latent class modelling of a discrete-choice experiment. Journal of Cleaner Production

Ran, L., Tian, M., Fang, N., Wang, S., Lu, X., Yang, X. & Cho, H. T. F. (2018), Riverine carbon export in the arid-semiarid Wuding River catchment on the Chinese Loess Plateau. Biogeosciences, 15(12):3857–3871.