Hong Kong's University of Science and Technology was established in 1991 and has rapidly become the leading research university in Hong Kong, with a mission to promote Hong Kong's transformation into a knowledge-based society. It is distinctive for the integration of social science research into its teaching and research within the broader remit of a university focused on science and technology and with an explicit commitment to the university's role in economic and social development. It is massively involved in knowledge-based economy and learning society activities and is also the home of the specialist Centre for Economic Development (1995-), which concentrates on topics such as China's economic reform and open door policy; the economic integration of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta; the emergence of regional economies in China, in particular the region comprised of the southern coastal provinces.


Resources to be deployed for implementation of DEMOLOGOS:

Like other centres participating in the DEMOLOGOS programme, the team from the Division of Social Sciences at HKUST includes social scientists with a wide disciplinary background. Three faculty members will be involved in DEMOLOGOS: Professor Alvin SO is a sociologist and world systems theorist with a special interest in the Asia-Pacific and China in particular. He is currently in charge of the Globalization Studies Research Programme at HKUST, has worked extensively on the 'China Triangle' of Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and is currently researching cross-border technology transfer and regional cooperation. His primary contribution will be in the area of world systems theory and its relevance to Chinese social and economic development. Dr Ngai PUN is an ethnographer, economic sociologist, and feminist scholar who has undertaken extensive field work in Guangdong and Shanghai on factory work, industrial restructuring, and multinational companies and is now researching urban issues. Her principal involvement in the DEMOLOGOS programme will be to conduct field research to test the methodologies developed in the programme, in conjunction with Dr Ngai-Ling SUM (IASMS Lancaster) and a local research assistant. Professor Erik Baark is an expert on science and technology policy as well as a sinologist and has been researching economic development and economic policies in the Pearl River Delta, Greater China (Southern China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan) and East Asian social and economic development more generally. He has also worked as a consultant for international agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank. His primary involvements in the research programme will be as team co-ordinator, as an expert on local science and technology policies and their role in spatial development, and as a contributor to the methodological work. A local researcher will also be appointed to contribute to the empirical testing of the DEMOLOGOS methodology.






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