Smart Societies is the niche research area of the Faculty.

We are the first in Hong Kong, China to launch an integrated programme of research and exchange on Smart Societies. Smart Societies are those where technology assists people to lead improved lives. We research the possible actions, and consequences of smart societies. We share our original research on-line and through open lectures. Our approach is global and transdisciplinary. We collaborate internationally and draw best practice from around the world. We are problem-driven, and integrate knowledge in an ecosystem that focuses on areas of key significance to China and Asia in the following three themes:

including, smart cities, smart energy, smart heritage, smart home, resilient cities, global change and evolution, planetary urbanization   including, active ageing, ethnic and racial studies, transnational networks, digital family hoodhealthy living, digital divide , digital health care systems   including, egovernance, smart school, disintermediated education, citizen science, data analytics applications                         

Director and Convenors

Director, Faculty Niche Research Area:  Prof. Jean-Pierre CABESTAN, Professor, Department of Government and International Studies

Environmental & Urban Systems Convenor:  Prof. Bernhart R. OWEN, Professor, Department of Geography

Populations & Well-being Convenor: Prof. Shirley HUNG, Professor and Head, Department of Social Work

Learning, Praxis and Governance Convenor:  Prof. Vicky TAM, Professor and Associate Head, Department of Education Studies


Selected Ongoing Projects

  • Urban environment, health and well-being in Hong Kong: accounting for the role of daily activity and time use patterns of different population groups (Principal Investigator:  Prof. Wang Donggen, Department of Geography)
  • Trust and the Smart City (Principal Investigator:  Prof. Alistair Cole , Depratment of Government and International Studies)
  • "Shaping Discrimination?  Tracking Print Media and Social Media Portrayal of Mainlanders in Hong Kong since 1997" (Principal Investigator:  Dr. Li Yao Tai, Department of Sociology)
  • Developing a Community Research Network : A Transdisciplinary Data Hub bridging Social, Community and Digital Infrastructures for Positive Human Development (Principal Investigator:  Prof. Shirley Hung, Department of Social Work)
  • The mediating effect of health literacy on the relationship between cognitive and physical functions and health-related quality of life among older adults: a mixed-method study    (Principal Investigator: Prof. Chow Bik Chu, Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health )       
  • The positive effects of online Mindfulness-based intervention for people with depression in Hong Kong  (Principal Investigator:  Dr. Daniel Young Kin Wan, Department of Social Work)
  • Public Housing Redevelopment vs. Heritage Conservation : A case study of engaging the Wah Fu Estate community   (Principal Investigator: Prof. Chung Po Yin, Department of History)