Hong Kong

The PSEHK web­site reports research into poverty and social exclu­sion in Hong Kong. It is part of the Poverty and Social Exclu­sion in Hong Kong (PSEHK) research project, funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Coun­cil and the UK Eco­nomic and Social Research Coun­cil. This research project exam­ines direct mea­sures of depri­va­tion and social exclu­sion, and draws on pub­lic opin­ion to set min­i­mum stan­dards of liv­ing (see Con­sen­sual method).

Launched in 2011, the project is led by Dr Maggie Lau, Assistant Professor of the Department of Social Science at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and Professor David Gordon, Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at the University of Bristol.

The PSEHK website will give facts and fig­ures on a wide range of aspects of mate­r­ial and social depri­va­tion in Hong Kong and examine the impact poverty has on people’s lives, prospects and well-​being. It will pro­vide evi­dence as to the under­ly­ing causes of poverty and the key events in people’s lives that can leave them vul­ner­a­ble to poverty.

The research project will:

  1. Develop a new poverty and social exclusion survey and enhance collaboration between researchers in Hong Kong and Britain.
  2. Improve the measurement of poverty, deprivation, social exclusion and standard of living in the Chinese context.
  3. Conduct policy-relevant analyses of interest to both the general public and government.

Read more about the project’s launch.