International Symposium "Wellbeing and inequality in the Digital Age"
(January 10 - January 11, 2019)
New paper advancing the theorization of adult worker models
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...
New paper on Skateboarding and Network Capital
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...
New article on Asset Based Social Stratification
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...
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?…
New drivers of Hong Kong`s development?
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...
Annual Public Lecture "Transformative innovation for urban sustainability"
(January 9, 2019)
New article on higher education and the promotion of national identity
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...
[New Research Grant] GIVING ETHNIC MINORITY CHILDREN A VOICE IN HONG KONG
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...
[Call for Papers] Post-Graduate Forum in the Symposium "Wellbeing and Inequality in the Digital Age"
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?...
Symposium "The Role of Housing in China's Social Transformation"
(June 25 - June 26, 2018)
The shifting terrain for graduate employment in China
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...
New article on Executive Pay
Recent research documents the public discontent with high income inequality yet an important limitation in our understanding is why such high pay is problematic...