advisor-Winston Chow

Winston Chow

Associate Professor of Urban Climate

Pillar Lead, SMU Urban Infrastructure

Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow

Co-Chair, Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)


Winston Chow is an Associate Professor of Urban Climate and Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow based at Singapore Management University’s (SMU) College of Integrative Studies. He has been a Principal Investigator for the multi-institute Cooling Singapore initiative since 2017, and currently leads interdisciplinary research on how Singapore’s urban climate risks will change as its climate warms. His previous research projects focused on urban heat island science, impacts and mitigation, as well as on climate change vulnerability in subtropical cities. Dr. Chow is also Associate Editor for the journal Climate Risk Management, and an Editorial Board member for Landscape and Urban Planning and PLOS Sustainability and Transformation.


In July 2023, Dr. Chow was elected as Co-Chair of the IPCC’s Working Group II, which is dedicated to assessing the impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation of climate change for the Seventh Assessment Cycle from 2023 to 2030. The IPCC, the United Nations’ authoritative body for climate change information, relies on experts like Dr. Chow to guide global stakeholders and governments in addressing critical climate challenges.