David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI) is a consortium of 28 universities from North America, Europe and Asia. The Institute, with Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) as the host institution and base, was established in 1993 with the aim to foster inter-disciplinary social science and humanities research and cultivate collaborative scholarship between the East and the West.


The Institute is named after Dr. David C. Lam, former Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, Canada, who helped raise the funds for the construction of the David C. Lam Building, where the Institute was housed. His father, Dr. Lam Chi Fung, being the founding President of Hong Kong Baptist College (now University), was instrumental in laying down the foundations on which subsequent development of HKBU was based.


Over the years, the Institute has made strenuous efforts in performing and reconciling its dual roles as an international consortium of universities and a university-wide research unit. The institute currently focuses on four interrelated research themes (see below), positioning the Institute as an international hub for social science and humanities research


Kevin Lo, LEWI Acting Director

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David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies has two missions:


  1. to promote mutual understanding between East and West through research, academic exchange, and other scholarly activities; and
  2. to promote inter-disciplinary research in social sciences and humanities from both the perspectives of the East and West.





LEWI organizes its research around four working groups, namely, global china, global environment, health and sustainability, global public policy making, and global urbanization, labour and mobility. Each working group comprises a senior faculty member as convenor and group members appointed by the director.


Global China

  • Belt and Road Initiative
  • China in Africa
  • China's global influence
  • Technology transfer


Global Environment, Health and Sustainability

  • Global environmental change
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Just transition
  • Environmental health


Global Public Policy Making

  • Public health policy making in times of pandemics
  • Comparative regionalism in Europe and Asia
  • The legal foundations of multi-level governance regimes



Global Urbanization, Labour and Mobility

  • Capital-Labor-Commodity mobility nexus
  • Rural-urban mobility dynamics
  • Global production and value chains
  • Migrant integration and social service landscape in urban centres in Asia