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[Call For Participants] Document “Hong - Kong - Social - Distancing” with #socialdistancinghk

(April 8, 2020)


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What do Shenzheners think of Shenzhen?

(February 20, 2020)


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The Smart City is Circular

(October 24, 2019)


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[New Public Policy Research Grant] Housing, young people and parental resources

(September, 2019)

The Centre has been awarded a major new grant of $868,000 from the Policy Innovation and Coordination Office (PICO). Over 18 months, the project led by Ray Forrest, will explore the role of parents in providing help, financial and in-kind, for their adult children in relation to housing. The research, with Professor Yip Ngai Ming at City University as Co-I, aims to explore parental plans and attitudes towards helping their adult children in the housing market. In doing so, it seeks to explore the impact of parental tenure, income, occupation and other factors on the housing pathways of young people...

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[Forthcoming] Lingnan-Peking-Wisconsin Education Forum "Higher Education, Talents, and Employment in Bay Areas: Comparative Perspectives"

(Nov 11, 2019)

Held at Lingnan University, the Lingnan-Peking-Wisconsin Education Forum is a multidisciplinary conference co-organised by Lingnan University, Peking University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison...

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Is there a new welfare regime emerging in China?

(February 2019)


Since 2003, the Chinese government has been increasing its social expenditure and initiated new social welfare programmes to provide universal social protection and meet citizens’ welfare needs. This article uses the wider socio-economic and socio-political contexts to critically examine whether there is a new welfare regime on the rise in China, with a particular reference to whether the increase in social expenditure has really marked a new welfare philosophy or prompted the transformation of China into a protective welfare regime...

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Symposium on Internationalization and Quality Management in Higher Education

(February 26, 2019)


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Annual Public Lecture "Transformative innovation for urban sustainability"

(January 9, 2019)


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New paper advancing the theorization of adult worker models

(September 2018)


Studies of defamilisation/familisation and adult worker models have been steadily growing (Annesley, 2007; Daly, 2011; Giullari and Lewis, 2006; Kilkey and Merla, 2014). These studies can to a certain extent be seen as a response to the decline of the male breadwinner model. With the focus on the link between these studies, this paper is intended to bring theoretical advancement concerning the examination of the adult worker models...

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New paper on Skateboarding and Network Capital

(August 2018)


The importance of East Asia to the skateboard industry is multifaceted. It represents a dense commercial asset where the “cool” of skateboarding can be leveraged for consumption. It is also a global resource for touring professional skateboarders visiting countries such as China, Korea, and Japan to film and photograph their tricks in new locations...

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New article on Asset Based Social Stratification

(July 2018)


Home ownership was a significant element of social change in the post-war, mature, capitalist economies such as the UK, USA and Japan. This growth of individual home ownership occurred, however, within a particular demographic, economic, social and political context...

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New book on Social Change, Welfare and Policy Transfer in Asia



Which welfare models or typologies best describe Asian cases after the 2008 global financial crisis? How can contemporary social policy transformations in Asia be appropriately conceptualized? Are particular ‘best practice’ examples evolving in Asia and if so, can they be successfully transferred to enhance social welfare governance among Asian economies?…

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New drivers of Hong Kong`s development?

(May 2018)


Drawing on a recent wave of scholarship on urban development in East Asia, this article offers a critical account of the twists and turns of Hong Kong’s urban development by focusing on class recomposition, state strategies and their relationships with the city’s changing position in its regional political economy...

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The shifting terrain for graduate employment in China

(June 2018)


This study adopts a nationwide survey data set between 2005 and 2013 (Chinese General Social Survey) to explore the influence of the massification of higher education on the transition of Chinese youth into the labour market. Data analysis reveals two major findings...

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Recommended E-learning Materials on Social Change

(March 30, 2020)


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In Memory of Professor Ray Forrest (1951-2020)

(February 13, 2020)


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Professor Ray Forrest gave one of the keynotes at "The 6th International Conference of Social Policy and Governance Innovation"

(October 23, 2019)


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Exploring the Dynamics and Contours of Chinese Urbanism

(Publication July 2019)


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International Symposium on Inequality and Well-being in China-African Relations was successfully held

(May 9 - May 10, 2019)


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New Titles in Urban Studies

The Contemporary City Series -Palgrave Macmillan

Editors Ray Forrest (Lingnan University) and Richard Ronald (University of Amsterdam)


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More on Skateboard Urbanism

(February 2019)

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International Symposium "Wellbeing and inequality in the Digital Age" was successfully held

(January 10 - January 11, 2019)


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New article on higher education and the promotion of national identity

(October 2018)


In the last decade, the Chinese government has called for deep collaboration between Hong Kong, Macau (the two special administrative regions of China) and cities in Southern part of the country to foster economic and social development across the region. More recently, the Chinese government initiated a strategic project to develop the Pan-Pearl River Delta region into a Greater Bay Area like successful bay economies in Tokyo and Florida. This article sets out against the wider policy context to critically examine the reality in the responses and implementation of government policy in China...

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(August 2018)


Maggie Lau and Stefan Kühner have been awarded a major new grant (HKD$766,197) from the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF which will explore the wellbeing of ethnic minority children in the territory. There is an increasing recognition of the policy advocacy value of measuring children’s own views of their daily lives and well-being. However, there is still very little systematic data on children with diversified needs in the Hong Kong SAR including those of ethnic minority background...

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[Call for Papers] Post-Graduate Forum in the Symposium "Wellbeing and Inequality in the Digital Age"

(July 2018)

How will technological change impact on life chances, wellbeing and social inequality? Is a digital society ‘smart’ for all, or exclusionary for many-and in what ways? How is technology reshaping the social policy agenda? What does new technology offer in terms of new ways to deliver policies and to better inform citizens?...

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Symposium "The Role of Housing in China's Social Transformation" was successfully held

(June 25 - June 26, 2018)


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New article on Executive Pay

(May 2018)


Recent research documents the public discontent with high income inequality yet an important limitation in our understanding is why such high pay is problematic...

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