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Annual Public Lecture "Transformative Innovation for Urban Sustainability"


Date: January 9 (Wednesday), 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Venue: Theatre A, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, 22/F, United Centre,

95 Queensway, Hong Kong

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Speaker: Professor Adrian Smith

Professor of Technology & Society, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex

Visiting Professor, Centro de Innovación en Tecnología para el Desarrollo Humano, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Moderator: Professor Ray Forrest

Research Professor, Cities and Social Change; Director, Centre for Social Policy and Social Change, Lingnan University

Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies, University of Bristol


How can new approaches to innovation be harnessed to the challenges of urban sustainability? Drawing upon the fifty-year history of international research in innovation and sustainability at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, Professor Smith will show how approaches to promoting innovation have changed over time, and how they are changing now. With social pressure for sustainable development growing experiments are now underway for a new approach dedicated to transformative innovation. The talk will illustrate what it means in practice to promote transformative innovation: activities that go beyond optimising and making more efficient urban systems for mobility, energy, housing, production, leisure and so forth, and which seek instead to transform incumbent systems and bring about radically different alternatives.


International Symposium "Wellbeing and Inequality in the Digital Age"


Date: January 10 - January 11, 2019

Time: 09:15 - 17:30 (Jan 10); 09:30 - 15:30 (Jan 11)

Venue: Room AM310, 3/F, Amenities Building, Lingnan University, 8 Castle Peak Road,

Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

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View Symposium Programme HERE