Funding Scheme

RGC Inter-Institutional Development Scheme

Project Title

Shadow Silk Road: Non-state Flow of Commodity, Capital, and People Across Eurasia

Project Team (HSMC Staff) 

Dr Eva HUNG, Department of Social Science (PI)

Other Collaborating Parties

University of Macau

Project Period

1-1-2017 to 31-12-2017 (completed)

Funding Amount (HKD)



This project aims to bring together international scholars researching on cross-border exchanges for an intensive discussion on the shadow economy in comparative perspectives. In particular, the call by the Chinese government’s Belt and Road initiative for an orderly flow of economic resources along the historical Silk Road brings to fore the prevalence of unofficial and shadow trade in the borderlands of Eurasia. The project is a two-day workshop featuring four discussion panels. Thematic topics include (i) the research of the state to the borderland and its implication on state sovereignty; (ii) border politics in terms of the gateway and checkpoint; and (iii) the ecology of the local border community.