Dr Baojie HE (China)

Baojie’s research addresses sustainable urban environmental planning. He is searching for solutions for urban heat, better urban ventilation, and green building strategies to help establish cities as net-zero carbon-built environments.

PhD in Architecture (Built Environment)

Current position: Associate Professor of Urban Climate and Sustainable Built Environment at Chongqing University, China

Research focus: built environment, urban climate

Focusing on global climate change and urban resilience, Baojie dedicates his research to the field of sustainable urban environment planning in two critical topics: urban heat mitigation and adaptation, and net-zero carbon-built environment.

Urban heat mitigation and adaptation is urgently needed to address urban heat problems caused by heat waves and urban heat island effects. During his PhD, Baojie developed solutions to optimise the morphology of urban neighbourhood to improve urban ventilation, reduce temperature, and increase outdoor thermal comfort. He also examined the cooling performance of green roofs, permeable pavement, water-sensitive urban design, and green building strategies as heat mitigation and adaption measures.

Research on zero carbon-built environment contributes to sustainability through developing a carbon-neutral building sector. However, achievements in this research area have been significantly limited by technical, societal, economic, and policy barriers. To overcome these barriers, Baojie is developing a holistic framework for building-related stakeholders in Australia. This project includes the development of training programmes (for students, but also for professionals), tools (e.g., assessment methods, benchmarks, and a design guide), and recommendations (e.g., for councils, authorities, etc.). While this project relates to Australia, it also has significant implications for other countries, including the United States, Germany, China, India, Indonesia, etc.
Both of Baojie’s research topics address UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities). In addition, research on urban heat also addresses Goal 3 (Health and Well-being), and research on zero carbon research also addresses Goal 13 (Climate Action).

An excellent and very dedicated scientist, Baojie was recognised by the jury for his work on sustainable urban planning and urban climate. His work centers around studies on urban heat mitigation and adaption as well as on climate-neutral building from materials to architecture, which is a highly relevant issue for cities all over the world.

The research of Baojie mainly contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals 3, 7, 11, 12, 13:

Take a look at this video that briefly introduces Baojie and his research: