The 4th Global Social Science Graduate Student Conference

On Friday, 22 April 2016, the 4th Global Social Science Graduate Student Conference brought together around a hundred students from 25 universities in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam and India to discuss cutting edge scholarship in social science.  With a central theme of ‘Transition”, the participants exchanged views and presented their latest studies on a wide array of topics, such as “social psychology”, “migration”, “economics & social development”, “historical study and biography” and  “Contemporary China studies” during the seven parallel sessions.


At the Opening Ceremony, Prof. Adrian J. Bailey, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences welcomed all participants to the event. He said “The Conference was organized in celebration of HKBU’s 60th anniversary and the 45th anniversary of the Faculty of Social Sciences.  Through this Conference, we aim to provide students an opportunity to share your research work and to network professionally.” Prof. Bailey added “We are proud of the initiatives of our graduate students who put together an impressive programme.  We hope you will enjoy the event today.”


The conference featured a keynote address delivered by honorable guest, Prof. Hoshino Toshiya, Executive Vice President of the Osaka University.  Participants benefited from Prof. Hoshino’s insights on how the global processes and systems affected everyday lives and the wellbeing of society.

As part of the Conference programme, a Paper Competition was open to all presenters. Three Best Paper Awards and five Best Presentation Awards were presented to the following winners in recognition of their excellence in student research. 


The winners of the Best Paper Awards were:


Mr. ThearaThun

(National University of Singapore)

Cambodia at the Epistemological Transition: A Study of Traditional and Modern Perceptions in Historical Writing

1st Runner up

Ms. Fu Tianlan


Globalizing regional markets in domestic market-oriented production networks in China: evidence from furniture market in Lecong Town, Foshan City

2nd Runner up

Ms. Zeng Yanqing

(Renmin University of China)

Post-compulsory school access policy for rural migrant students in China


The winners of the Best Presentation Awards (full paper presentation) were:


Ms. CHIU Tuen Yi

(Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Gender Dynamics and Heterogeneous Residence Patterns: Mainland China-Hong Kong cross-border marriage migration

1st Runner up

Mr. Liu Yi


Land Use and Accessibility in Dualistic Urban China: A Case Study in Guangzhou

2nd Runner up

Ms. Chan Ka Lai Kelly (Middlesex University London)

Happiness in higher education in Hong Kong: an anthropology study

Mr. Theara Thun

(National University of Singapore)

Cambodia at the Epistemological Transition: A Study of Traditional and Modern Perceptions in Historical Writing


The winners of the Best 3-minutes Presentation Awards were:

Ms. Chan Chui Shan Carew

(Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Social Network of New Generation Migrant Workers and their Psychological well-being

Mr. Shang Borui


Fluctuation – a common but neglected phenomenon in the context of exercise participation


The Faculty would like to extend its gratitude to all of the panelists who contributed to the success of this event, and appreciate the time and the dedication of all presenters.  A big thank you to the research graduate student organisers and colleagues from the Faculty Office for making the event memorable.