Prof. Si-ming LI 李思名
Chair Professor of Geography

Prof. Si-ming Li obtained his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Alberta and Queen’s University, Canada, respectively, all in the field of Geography.

Previously, Prof. Li served as Director of the Centre for China Urban and Regional Studies (2001-2011), Interim Dean of Social Sciences (February-July 2010), Head of the Department of Geography Department (June 1997 - August 2003), and Course Leader of China Studies (January 1991 - August 1994). In Academic Year 1994-95 he spent his sabbatical leave as Visiting Professor at the Department of Geography of National Taiwan University, where he helped organize probably the first major conference on China’s regional development in Taiwan. An edited volume based on this conference was published jointly by LEWI and the Population Research Center of the National Taiwan University. This book has remained a required reading for courses on the topic in many universities in Taiwan.

His current research focuses on housing and residential change in urban China and on housing and urban development in Hong Kong, which has been supported by 9 General Research Fund (GRF) awards from the Hong Kong Research Grant Council, 2 Public Policy Research (PPR) grants from the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong SAR Government, and grants awarded by the Urban China Research Network based at the State University of New York at Albany and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy of Cambridge, Massachusetts. His publications include 19 authored/edited books and journal special issues and some 140 journal articles, book chapters and book reviews on different aspects of urban and regional development in Hong Kong and mainland China. Recent edited volumes/journal special issues include: Special Issue: Migration, mobility, and community change in Chinese cities. Eurasian Geography and Economics, Vol. 55, No. 4 (2015), co-edited with Kam Wing Chan and Shenjing He; Housing Inequalities in Chinese Cities, co-edited by Youqin Huang and Si-ming Li (2014); Special Issue: Living in Chinese Enclave Cities. Urban Geography, Vol. 33, No. 2 (2012), co-edited with Ronald van Kempen & Bart Wissink; A New Geography of Hong Kong, Vols. I and II, co-edited with Chi-Yung Jim and Tung Fung (2010). He serves on the editorial board of Housing Studies, Urban Geography, China Review, Asian Geographer and Journal of Geographical Science. He also served in the 1999, 2006 and 2014 Social Science Panel of the Research Assessment Exercise conducted by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong.


Associate Director
Prof. Kara CHAN 陳家華
Professor, Communication Studies

Dr. Kara Chan (PhD in psychology; City University of Hong Kong) worked in the advertising profession and as a statistician for the Hong Kong Government before she joined the academia. Her research areas include advertising and children/youth, as well as cross cultural consumer studies. She has published eight books as well as over 140 journal articles and book chapters. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Bradley University. Her journal articles won five Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. She received Outstanding Performance in Scholarly Work at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2006 and 2014 and a Knowledge Transfer Award in 2016. Her publication Social issues of advertising (2016) has been adopted as the textbook for an undergraduate course “Advertising and Society”. She recently completed a competitive Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) research project on social inclusion, leaded by Prof. Peter Huxley.







Research Staff

Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Dong DONG

Dr. Dong Dong joined LEWI in 2011. She obtained her doctoral degree in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her work has been published in the Journal of Health Communication, Chinese Journal of Communication, Asian Journal of Communication, and the International Communication Gazette among others. Dr. Dong has presented her research at more than twenty international conferences and was invited by a number of patient organisations in mainland China for public speech. Her current research interests are: (1) Health communication, with an emphasis on the social construction of infectious diseases and public health crises; (2) Media advocacy and social movements, especially their applications and implications in the patient rights movements; and (3) Environmental communication, including effect studies on green advertising and sociological research on Chinese environmental journalism. Dr. Dong secured a grant of HKD665,200 from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation to study the Emergence and Development of the Health Rights Defense Movement in Contemporary China, and several internal grants from HKBU on a general survey of patients with rare disorders in China and an investigation on cross-cultural interpretations of "informed choices" related to prenatal testing among women from Mainland China, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, and Pakistan. Dr. Dong is also a member of a research team that investigates the uneven distribution of high-quality healthcare resources in China. The team was granted RMB1,020,800 by the National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2016. In addition to academic work, Dr. Dong has been actively involved in social activities. She is currently working as a consultant to several patient organisations in China and has published a correspondence in The Lancet calling for policy changes on rare diseases in China.


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Huimin DU

Dr. Huimin Du was trained as a geographer at Hong Kong Baptist University where she obtained her MPhil and Ph.D. Before joining the Institute, she was Research Associate in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol. Her research interests include migration, housing, youth, and urban studies. Her work has been published in the China Review, Journal of Youth Studies, Population Space and Place, Urban Studies, and the book Housing Inequalities in Chinese Cities. Her Ph.D. research was supported by a grant of £6000 from the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) Foundation (previously Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies). She has received paper awards three times from the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and three times from Hong Kong Geographical Association (HKGA).


Administrative Staff

Executive Officer - Miss Jessie FUNG

Programme Officer - Mr. Edwin NG

Project Assistant - Miss Stephany YEUNG