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Hannah Baker's ABTA Awards winning research takes her to Hong Kong

last modified Jun 26, 2017 11:50 AM

Congratulations to Hannah Baker for winning first prize in the Management & Social Sciences category at the ABTA researcher awards in UCL, London.

The Association of British Turkish Academics is the leading professional association for scholars in the U.K. and in Turkey dedicated to creating academic partnerships and bridges between two countries for scientific, charitable, and educational purposes.

Hannah presented on the different processes that decision-makers go through when deciding to demolish or adapt existing buildings and focused on a couple of key findings. She said, “The whole day was a good opportunity to meet people researching completely different topics to myself. I would like to say thank you to the ABTA for the award and recognition." Phtoto credit: ABTA team


Flushed with success from her win, Hannah then went on to present at the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference in Hong Kong, a three day event attended by over 1,800 delegates. Key note speakers included a range of high profile experts discussing various aspects of sustainability including carbon emissions; designing for the user and factoring in resilience:

Hannah presented her conference paper entitled “The role of stakeholders in masterplan regeneration decisions” during one of the parallel sessions. The paper focused on Hannah’s 1st year of PhD research investigating what decision-making criteria different stakeholders consider when addressing the decision to demolish or adapt existing buildings on masterplan regeneration projects. Hannah was also able to meet other academics and industry experts from across the globe including Denmark and Canada whose research compliments her own. 

Whilst in Hong Kong, Hannah explored the city on a ‘tourist bus’. She went to ‘The Peak’ which overlooks the city and was also able to see how Hong Kong had addressed the conservation of heritage buildings. One of the pictures shows the retention of Man Mo Temple, which is clearly surrounded by dense high rise buildings. Despite the surrounding hustle and bustle, Hannah felt the temple remains and provides that sense of calm for worship in a densely built city.

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