About Smart Societies

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 including:

 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: Dr. Shirley HUNG, Associate Professor and Associate Head, Department of Social Work; Prof. Patrick LAU, Professor, Department of Sport & Physical Education (Co-convenor)

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