Funding Scheme

RGC Institutional Development Scheme

Project Title

Establishment of the Centre for Greater China Studies for the Interdisciplinary Research in Humanities and Social Sciences

Project Team (HSMC Staff) 

Professor Simon HO, President (Applicant)

Prof KAO Lang, Head and Professor, Department of Social Science (Team Leader)

Other Collaborating Parties


Project Period

1-1-2018 to 31-12-2020 (on-going)

Funding Amount (HKD)



This projects aim to establish a Centre for Greater China Studies (CGCS) to enhance interdisciplinary research in humanities and social sciences that highlight the dynamic relationships between the growth of China and the transnational exchange of people, technologies, commodities and ideas among China, the Belt and Road countries, and other overseas Chinese societies. CGCS has a dual focus on research relating to transnational China and digitizing China. In particular, the CGCS shall feature digitization as a research methodology in the study of the transnationalization of China. To achieve this, CGCS aims to undertake five key initiatives, namely, (1) developing research databases, (2) building up an online platform of Greater China Network; (3) organizing conferences, workshops, and seminars; (4) a research development scheme to enhance the research capabilities of our faculty members; and (5) a visiting scholar programme to foster more intellectual exchanges between HSMC staff and international scholars.


These initiatives are designed to promote digitization as a research methodology on Greater China Studies, to foster a stronger research culture of HSMC with opportunities for scholarly exchange as well as collaborative research, to enhance the research capacity of our staff by providing research training and necessary technical and administrative support in the utilization of digitization as a research methodology, and to provide a platform for the dissemination of research findings as well as to support interactions amongst researchers, students, practitioners and the larger community. Moreover, the establishment of an online platform of Greater China Network under the focus of transnational China aims to provide up-to-date information of the latest research in humanities and social sciences on transnational and digitized China, and to broadcast news about China studies conferences, workshops, seminars, calls for paper (CFP) of China studies journals within the Greater China region. It is believed that such a network will help establish connection between HSMC staff and the pioneers in Greater China studies within and outside the greater China region.