“Cities and Wellbeing” (C&W) describes the research ‘grand challenge’ confronting not only the world’s largest urban conglomeration – the Greater Pearl River Delta – but, increasingly, the entire planet. Much of the Faculty of Social Sciences’ most widely cited research contributes to understandings of historic and contemporary links between urban society and the wellbeing of those who live and work in cities. Through selective investments in building the critical academic mass in three ‘spoke areas’ we will position HKBU as the leading producer of knowledge on the challenges and opportunities of urbanization, both in Hong Kong, across the region, and internationally. C&W is a hub that functions as a brand for three substantive spoke areas of scholarship:
Areas of Scholarship
What makes this spoke distinctive is that our researchers are also globally recognized for their diverse experiences of working at the micro-level and using ethnographic and critical methods to build new understandings of everyday life in cities under conditions of environmental change. This includes expertise covering participation in sports and leisure activities and practices among diverse population groups under time- and resource limits, and promoting intergenerational learning across increasingly diverse communities. We are studying the health practices of urban dwellers to propose an index that can inform strategies for the management lifestyle of different cohorts across Hong Kong and Mainland China, and to continue to track the major issues confronting the development of public health in Hong Kong and nearby cities of China and Southeast Asia. We are also distinctive because our work is always informed by a historical acumen stressing interdependence. For example, our research traces how socio-economic factors have impacted the spread of diseases and decisions about the delivery of medicine and public housing which, in turn, has impacted the legitimacy of governments and NGOs, the experiences of everyday life, and the connectivity of the region with the world beyond.
Faculty Positions in C&W
We hope to recruit candidates with relevant expertise to join our team and contribute to the understandings of historical and contemporary links between urban society and the wellbeing of those who live and work in cities in one of the following three themes: (1) Cities and Environmental Change (2) Cities, Regulations and Rights (3) Youth.
Applicants must have a PhD degree in relevant fields of Social Sciences such as sociology, geography, history, education, urban studies, etc. The appointee is expected to demonstrate promising research ability in the above areas. Clear evidence of winning external competitive grants will be an advantage. The applicant is also expected to teach courses in their related fields.
Successful candidates will be appointed in an existing department of the Social Sciences Faculty based on discussions between the candidate and the Department(s) concerned and Faculty. Teaching may be at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels.