Hayden Kwan

MSc International Planning and Development (2009)
Current Job: 
Research Assistant, Centre for Environmental Policy and Resource Management, Department of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Why did you choose Cardiff University as a place to study?

Reputation; Recommended by Professor.

What was the best thing about your time as a student at Cardiff?

Making friends of different nationalities and backgrounds.

What thing or person inspired you most whilst you were a Cardiff University student?

A coursemate, Mayumi Hirasawa.

What one thing would you tell someone else about the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff?

Great academic atmosphere.

How did your degree most help you in the career or job you have now chosen?

A necessity in pursuing the career in town planning.

Tell us a bit about your current job, how you got into what you are doing and what you enjoy about it most.

I wanted to work for some private consultancies initially but the job market was getting poor when I finished the Dissertation. Tried seeking jobs in many different fields, but the research job popped up at the very last moment before I join disciplined services. That's a research-based Centre at the same Department, same University where I finished my Bachelor degree. My supervisor is the only professor in the Department who has UK-system qualification and Hong Kong-based experience in the town planning field. I am now participating in a project that involves social impact assessment of some proposed regional infrastructures, which is rare in Hong Kong throughout the past few decades. In the near future I may take part in some policy researches/suggestions, urban design/planning projects, public participation campaigns, workshops/seminars, etc. I would also like to get some experience in community planning.

What opportunities do you feel have opened up to you as a result of being a student at the School of Geography and Planning?

Working in overseas planning firms, though I would rather prefer getting some local experience first.