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Winston CHOW

Full-time Faculty

Professor of Urban Climate; Pillar Lead (Urban Infrastructure), SMU Urban Institute; Lee Kong Chian Fellow

College of Integrative Studies CIS

Winston Chow is a Professor of Urban Climate and Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow based at Singapore Management University’s (SMU) College of Integrative Studies (CIS), and also is the research pillar lead for urban infrastructure at SMU's Urban Institute. He has been a Principal Investigator for the multi-institute Cooling Singapore initiative since 2017, and currently leads inter-disciplinary research on how Singapore’s urban climate risks will change as its climate warms, as well as examining measures to reduce these risks. He teaches Undergraduate and Executive Development courses on climate change and urban sustainability at CIS, and is also mentoring CIS students interested in sustainability issues and also developing courses for SMU's Master of Sustainability programme. In 2023, he was elected as Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Working Group II on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, and he will help lead the Seventh Assessment Cycle for the IPCC during a critical decade of global climate action.


  • PhD, Arizona State University, 2011
  • MS, National University of Singapore, 2005
  • BS (First Class Hons), National University of Singapore, 2002
  • BA (Merit), National University of Singapore, 2001

Research Interests

  • Urban Vulnerability and Risk to Climate Change
  • Urban Heat Island Science, Impacts, and Mitigation
  • Sustainability in Urban Climatology

Course(s) Taught in SMU

  • Climate Change: Global and Local Solutions
  • Technological Innovations Enhancing Urban Sustainability

Related Links

Adopting Sustainable Urban Development Measures for Continued Economic Growth