About Max

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Max Hirsh (PhD, Harvard) is a professor at the University of Hong Kong and a leading expert on airports and urban infrastructure.

He is the author of Airport Urbanism (UMN Press, 2016): an unprecedented study of air travel and global migration patterns that incorporates the perspective of passengers, airport designers, urban planners, and aviation executives. With a particular focus on the rise of Asia, the book sheds light on the exponential increase in global air travel and its implications for the planning, design, and operation of airports. Fluent in six languages and with a professional career spanning three continents, he inflects his analyses with unique insights into the practicalities of international air travel and the mindset of people on the move.

Max’s research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, German Research Foundation, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, Singapore National Research FoundationSwissnex, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Passionate about airports and air travel, he works with airport authorities and urban planning agencies around the world to help shape the future of airports and the cities that they serve.


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