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      HKIHSS Fellow, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences;
      Associate Professor of Practice (Urban Heritage and Sustainability), Department of History, Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong


      Dr. Yi Samuel Chen received his BA in Philosophy and Religion (Hillsdale College, Michigan), his AM/MA (Harvard), and his DPhil/PhD (Oxford) in Near Eastern/West Asian Languages and Civilisations. His research deals with urban and regional planning and development in relation to state and empire building, currently focusing especially on ancient West Asia. His teaching covers urban and planning history more broadly, from the rise of cities as early as the sixth millennium BC in ancient West Asia to our current age of megacities and megaregions. Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong, he researched and taught at different branches of the University of Oxford, including the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Worcester College, and Wolfson College.

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