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Current Research Areas in Social Sciences

Economic and political aspects of international and Asian Pacific affairs, especially as they may bear on Hong Kong. Topics include, among others:

Economics Discipline:

  • Competition and industrial economics
  • Corporate finance and financial contracting
  • Development economics
  • Economics of the family
  • Exchange rate system
  • Health care and health policy
  • Hong Kong’s financial sector: place in the region and relations with the Mainland
  • Housing market and housing policy
  • International banking regulations
  • International trade and investment flows
  • Labour market and education policy
  • Population economics
  • Social security and ageing problems

Political Science Discipline:

  • Asian Pacific international relations
  • Chinese politics and Chinese foreign policy
  • Conflict and peace studies
  • Cross strait relations
  • Global environmental politics
  • Global politics and foreign policy decision-making
  • Mainland-Hong Kong relations
  • Nationalism and national identity
  • Political development of Hong Kong
  • Public administration and public governance
  • Regional economic and security cooperation

Psychological and social issues, particularly research that offers insight about how to tackle ongoing and impending problems that will affect us, and suitable policies. Topics include, among others:

Psychology Discipline:

  • Age and work-life balance
  • Communication
  • Consumer psychology
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • Emotional labour
  • Environmental psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Human-computer interaction and applied cognition
  • Human factors and human error
  • Industrial and organisational psychology
  • Occupational stress and coping
  • Positive psychology
  • Psychology of safety
  • Social psychology
  • Stereotyping

Sociology and Social Policy Disciplines:

  • Ageing and social gerontology
  • Education and manpower supply
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Global health and Social epidemiology
  • Health policy and health care financing
  • Jihadist terrorism
  • Poverty, welfare, and social security
  • Risk society
  • Sexuality
  • Social theory
  • Survey experimental, income inequality and distributive justice

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