Research Centers

Our School is committed to carrying out high quality research, with a strong emphasis on China-related studies. For years, the School and its faculty members have consistently been recognized for their intellectual contributions both locally and internationally. Currently, we have five research centers.


Center for Applied Social and Economic Research

The Center for Applied Social and Economic Research (CASER) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology was established in December 2009 with a mission to promote quantitative analysis of social and economic issues and their impact on human welfare in both Hong Kong and mainland China. With support from RGC-CPU Strategic Public Policy Research (2009-2014), the Center conducts the Hong Kong Panel Study of Social Dynamics (HK-PSSD), the first household panel survey in Hong Kong.

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Center for Chinese Linguistics

As a major center in the global research network of the Chinese language, the Center for Chinese Linguistics promotes the study of the history and evolution of the Chinese language, with an emphasis on the theoretical implications of investigation as well as its relevance to practical applications.

Personnel at the center consist of the linguistics faculty and also visiting scholars in the Division of Humanities, School of Humanities and Social Science. The center aims at achieving the following objectives:

  • To conduct intensive research on the Chinese language.
  • To house major databases and corpuses pertaining to languages in China.
  • To offer a rigorous postgraduate program in Chinese linguistics.
  • To make expertise in the Center available to other teaching and research units at HKUST, as well as to society at large.
  • To serve as a regional hub in the study of Chinese.

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Center on China’s Transnational Relations

Through the generosity of the China Tseng-His Foundation, the Center on China’s Transnational Relations (CCTR) was officially set up on 1 September 2004.

The mission of the center is to advance research and public discussions about issues in China that transcend the country’s borders. We are particularly interested in how goods, services and resources coming into China change China and how China’s engagement with the world is changing the world. The center also sees itself serving as a bridge between the West and mainland China, using Hong Kong’s free academic environment as a means to increase interactions between Western and Chinese thinkers and policy makers.

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The Center for Cultural Studies

The Center for Cultural Studies focuses on three objectives:

  • To link together and promote the interdisciplinary nature of the Humanities and Social Science programs.
  • To serve as a regional impetus for contemporary cultural and social criticism on Hong Kong, China and other Asian societies.
  • To provide intellectual backing for the University’s artistic and cultural life.

The CCS organizes conferences, workshops, seminars and public lectures to stimulate research and intellectual discussions from a critical and global perspective. Its area of focus includes urban culture and culture-led redevelopment, cultural industries and creative industries, cultural and intellectual history, colonial and postcolonial identities, gender, politics and society, modernity and post-modernity, popular culture and religion.


The South China Research Center

The South China Research Center (SCRC) is an institution under the Division of Humanities, in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). It was set up in 1997 to establish and promote academic exchange between scholars and institutions in South China studies. A branch office at the HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School in Nansha, Guangzhou, focusing on research of the Pan-Pearl River Delta Region, was established in 2007. Resource Stations collect many sensitive primary source materials that would quickly disappear if not properly recorded. The SCRC also records events, particularly rituals, that are undergoing rapid changes due to modernization, and catalogues and publishes collected materials. Through the South China Research Resource Station System, we are actively engaged in academic collaboration with the following institutions: Sun Yat-Sen University, Jiangxi Normal University, Institute of Chaozhou Studies, Xiamen University and Jiaying University.

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