Neighbourhood cohesion and urban life in the city of the future: Shenzhen

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School of Graduate Studies and Institute of Policy Studies, Lingnan University

Event Title

Cities and Governance Webinar Series 2021

Document Type

Public Seminar




4:00 - 5:30 pm


Shenzhen, used to be a fishing village but it has successfully transformed into a modern city, positioning as a leading innovation hub for entrepreneurship after 40 years of reforms. Based upon empirical research, this presentation critically examines how Shenzhen residents assess their livelihood, particularly their urban life and neighbourhood cohesion. Reflecting upon international experiences when urbanization has led to megacities, this presentation also draws policy implications for Hong Kong, especially when Hong Kong and Shenzhen are strongly encouraged by the central government to engage in closer collaboration under the Greater Bay Area Development Blueprint.





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Prof. Ka Ho Mok is the Vice-President and concurrently Lam Man Tsan Chair Professor of Comparative Policy of Lingnan University. Before joining Lingnan, he was the Vice President (Research and Development) and Chair Professor of Comparative Policy of The Hong Kong Institute of Education, and the Associate Dean and Professor of Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong. Prior to this, Professor Mok was appointed as the Founding Chair Professor in East Asian Studies and established the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Professor Mok is no narrow disciplinary specialist but has worked creatively across the academic worlds of sociology, political science, and public and social policy while building up his wide knowledge of China and the region. Professor Mok completed his undergraduate studies in Public and Social Administration at the City University of Hong Kong in 1989, and received an MPhil and PhD in Sociology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1991 and The London School of Economics and Political Science in 1994 respectively.

In addition, Professor Mok has published extensively in the fields of comparative education policy, comparative development and policy studies, and social development in contemporary China and East Asia. In particular, he has contributed to the field of social change and education policy in a variety of ways, not the least of which has been his leadership and entrepreneurial approach to the organisation of the field. His recent published works have focused on comparative social development and social policy responses in the Greater China region and East Asia. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Asian Public Policy (London: Routledge) and Asian Education and Development Studies (Emerald) as well as a Book Series Editor for Routledge and Springer.

Recommended Citation

Mok, K. H. (2021, October 26). Neighbourhood cohesion and urban life in the city of the future: Shenzhen [Video podcast]. Retrieved from https://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/926/