International Scholars Gathered at the 8th Global Social Sciences Graduate Student e-Conference

The Faculty of of Social Sciences hosted the 8th Global Social Sciences Graduate Student e-conference on 22 April 2021. The theme of the conference was "Vision and Challenges: Sharing an Equal and Sustainable Society". More than 90 participants from Hong Kong, Mainland China, the United Kingdom, Italy, Turkey, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Ghana, and other countries discussed hot topics in the social sciences.


Professor Daniel LAI W.L, Dean of Social Sciences, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony. He hoped that students and scholars from all over the world could make full use of this conference to display and share research results and jointly build an academic social networks.


This conference then proceeded a roundtable forum, inviting people from different selected fields such as Rotary District 3450, Life Education Activity Programme, Injured Employees and Family Members Mutual Help Association, the Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong China, to share information about their professional services and also relevant experiences related to the theme of the Conference. Through the different perspectives our seminar speakers brought to the table from their various organizations, we could discussed and understood how individual health conditions is related to social inequality.


Dr. Alessio D’Angelo from the University of Nottingham, UK was invitied to give a keynote speech for the conference. He deeply analysed the problems of class division and social inequality in EU countries during Brexit and the new COVID-19 epidemic. In terms of group discussions, the conference opened seven thematic groups. Participants presented their latest research results and exchanged opinions on different topics, including political institution and tensions across the globe and the way forward; gender, race, class and intersections of inequality in domestic and social spheres; sports and health inequalities; global climate change and policy, biodiversity, energy, environmental health, smart city; qualities and practices in effective teaching and learning; historical tensions and inequality, and, the roles of technology to enhance social equality in the attainment of sustainable development goals.


Finally, this conference gave awards of the best paper presentation awards to participants with outstanding presentations. The winners are:


  • DEHIWALA LIYANAGE Ishanka Harshani Kusum Peiris (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Presentation topic: Socio-demographic Inequalities in Physical Activity of Sri Lankan Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • HOSSAIN Md Lokman (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Presentation topic: Asymmetric Response of Biomass Partitioning of C3- and C4-Dominated Grasslands to Climatic Variability and Climate Extremes


  • WAN Renxue (Fudan University)

Presentation topic:  “Competing Personas”: Aesthetic Labor and the Making of Consent in Chinese Fitness Industry


  • ZOU Yuxuan (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Presentation topic: Colorectal Cancer and Food Environment in Shenzhen, China