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Urban Life and Society Cluster

Urban life and society has become an increasingly important research topic in the modern world as the global population continues to shift toward urban areas. The topic is also highly multifaceted and directly relevant to our daily lives. The Urban Life and Society cluster aims to explore the topic from three perspectives: inequalities, the impact of COVID-19, and music in Hong Kong.

Socioeconomics plays a vital role in understanding urban life and society. One of the key challenges in urban life is the issue of social inequality. While cities offer numerous opportunities for economic and social mobility, they are also characterized by significant disparities in income, education, and healthcare. To explore this issue, we propose to study various social determinants, employing tools such as Geographical Information System and network analysis. We hope to collaborate with other researchers to study the issue, and hold some public lectures to discuss this important topic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically transformed urban societies worldwide. It is crucial to investigate urban life in the post-pandemic era, as social and economic activities have taken on new forms, such as remote working and increased reliance on social media. We will collaborate with researchers worldwide to study different phenomena. We also aim to invite international speakers to deliver seminars for us and share their latest findings.

Furthermore, urban life brings opportunities for innovation and creativity. Cities are vibrant centres of culture, commerce, and technology. Hong Kong, as a unique urban city, has its own distinct cultural activities, including music. By exploring the role of music in Hong Kong and its evolution over the years, we can gain insights into the changes in urban life and society in this particular context. A public lecture and music-sharing event will be held to showcase the findings.

Activities
  • Young People and Post-homeownership Housing in London, Amsterdam and Tokyo
    Young People and Post-homeownership Housing in London, Amsterdam and Tokyo
    Tue, 25 Jun
    The University of Hong Kong
    25 Jun 2024, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm HKT
    The University of Hong Kong, Room 730, 7/F, Knowles Building
    Speaker: Prof. Richard Ronald Registration: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=94478
  • Fractal Cities: Nature vs Nurture
    Fractal Cities: Nature vs Nurture
    Thu, 13 Jun
    The University of Hong Kong
    13 Jun 2024, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm HKT
    The University of Hong Kong, Room 419, 4/F, Knowles Building, HKU
    Speaker: Prof. Elsa Arcaute Registration: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=94403
  • Government-market-society Relationship Change in Urban Renewal of China
    Government-market-society Relationship Change in Urban Renewal of China
    Wed, 05 Jun
    The University of Hong Kong
    05 Jun 2024, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm HKT
    The University of Hong Kong, Room 526, 5/F, Knowles Building, HKU
    Speaker: Professor Li Tian Registration: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=94293
  • Segregation: What is in a Name?
    Segregation: What is in a Name?
    Tue, 04 Jun
    The University of Hong Kong
    04 Jun 2024, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm HKT
    The University of Hong Kong, Room 730, 7/F, Knowles Building, HKU
    Speaker: Professor David Wong Registration: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=94243
  • How (Not) to Explain Blackbox AI Systems
    How (Not) to Explain Blackbox AI Systems
    Tue, 30 Apr
    Room 730, 7/F, Knowles Building, HKU
    30 Apr 2024, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm HKT
    Room 730, 7/F, Knowles Building, HKU, Knowles Building, Pok Fu Lam Rd, Lung Fu Shan, Hong Kong
    Speaker: Dr. Boris Babic Registration: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=93798
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