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Welcome to the Joint Research Centre for Greater Bay Area Social Policy and Governance


Responding to the exciting development opportunities of the Greater Bay Area in South China, Lingnan University (LU) and South China University of Technology (SCUT) bring together a group of social scientists with a wide variety of disciplinary skills and experiences for co-launching the “Joint Research Centre for Greater Bay Area – Social Policy and Governance” on 2 March 2019 at the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou.  The purposes of this cooperation are to enhance LU students’ understanding about the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and to encourage more cross-regional social governance research projects. The overall focus of the Joint Research Centre is to promote better understanding of the nine cities and two special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau), particularly examining the implications for social policy and governance when people across these 11 cities are becoming more mobile in the Bay Area. Research Fellows from Lingnan University and South China University of Technology form strong research teams to critically reflect upon issues related to challenges and opportunities for future development across these cities in the Bay Area with more intensive and extensive urbanization.


The Centre`s research is currently organized around four interconnected themes:

  • Well-being and Quality of Life
  • Higher Education, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Economic & Social History
  • Comparative Bay Area Studies


The Centre aims to be a meeting place for faculty, policy analysts and practitioners, postdoctoral and research students and a venue for knowledge transfer between the academic and the policy communities. The Joint Research Centre will also work closely with research teams from:

Centre for Social Policy and Social Change, Lingnan University
Asia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies, Lingnan University

We look forward to working with you for capturing such exciting opportunities of development.


Best wishes,

Ka Ho Mok, Co-Director, Lingnan University


Zhiqiang Wang, Co-Director, South China University of Technology



May 2019