International Center for
China Development Studies


Copyright © 2017 International Center of China Development Studies, HKU


Organization Structure

Prof. George C.S. Lin

Chairman of Advisory Board:
Prof. C. Y. Jim

Associate Directors:
Dr. Simon X.B. Zhao

Executive Committee Members:
Prof. David D. Zhang
Prof. Richard W.X. Hu
Dr. Roger C.K. Chan

Research Officer:
Mr Neo Chan

Senior Research Fellow
Dr. James J. Wang
Dr. Yongyuan Yin

Joint and Founding Institutions

Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)


Upon its successful accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and turned into the world's second largest economy, China has become the world focus of trade, investment, business, commerce, and even politics. China is now riding on the "High speed train of globalization", which signifies the emergence of age of economic growth, industrialization and urbanization. The upcoming unprecedented upgrading and going global of almost every sector of the economy will however generate not only tremendous opportunities for domestic economic growth but also immense development strains on society and environment globally. All of these have accentuated the importance and imperativeness for international collaborative studies and academic training on the broad issues of China development and globalization in the new 'order' in the world economy.

The International Center for China Development Studies (ICCDS) is intended to perform this function and contribute to this historical mission. Established in June 2002, ICCDS is jointly set up by two renowned institutions from HKU and Chinese Academy of Science. We are confident that the Center would emerge as a major global player and influential niche for China development and globalization issues. We look forward to having many other renowned institutions joining us later and the number of our research programs is growing.

Nature and Aims

  • to function as an international multi-disciplinary collaborative research platform for academic research, training and consultancy on China development and globalization issues;

  • to undertake high-impact and quality collaborative research and consultant work for international development organizations, governments, and Multi-National Corporations;

  • to organize high-profile international conferences, networking, information clearing and training programs among the participating institutions, particularly in conjunction with the MA in China Development Studies Program at HKU;

  • to explore external funding sources in support of research programmes in the Faculty; and to serve as a junction between the Faculty and outside organizations in China development studies.

Main Themes of Research

Globalization and Economic Growth, Cooperation and Integration

WTO Accession and Competitiveness (corporate, institution, and urban center)

Urbanization and Urban and Regional Transformation

Environment and Infrastructure Development

Public Policy and Social Development

Collaborative Research Projects and Programs

HKSAR RGC Theme-based Research Scheme project, Enhancing Hong Kong's Future as a Leading International Financial Centre, 09/2012-08/2017, awarded amount HK$15,000,000, Dr. Simon Zhao (Founding Director of the Centre), serving as Deputy Project Coordinator (DPC) and the core Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PI) of the project.

HKU Strategic Research Areas and Themes, China Business and Economics, 09/2013-12/2016, awarded amount HK$1,500,000, Dr. Simon Zhao (Founding Director of the Centre), serving as Deputy Convener of the project.

National Natural Science Fund (NSFC) project, The redevelopment of state-owned enterprise occupied land and urban spatial restructuring: A comparative study of Beijing, Shenyang and Guangzhou, 01/2013-12/2016, awarded amount RMB¥800,000, led by Prof. George Lin (Director of the Centre).

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, China Program, Land/Real Estate Development and Financial Crisis: A Comparative Study between China and World Major Experiences 1980-2013, 02/2014-02/2016, awarded amount US$31,000, led by Dr. Simon Zhao (Founding Director of the Centre).

4th round of Stanley Ho Alumni Challenge (SHAC) Matched Fund, Survey on High-end and Producer Service Activities and Sectors in Pearl River Delta Centre, 01/2013-12/2016, awarded amount HK$150,000, Dr. Simon Zhao (Founding Director of the Centre), serving as Principal Investigator.

Events & News

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Department of Geography Master of Arts in China Development Studies (MAChDs) Fieldtrip

Distinguished presentations or keynote speeches given by the ICCDS's members


September, 2017

Invited as key member to participate Cambridge Workshop - 'Emerging Geographies of Transnational Monetary Power" in Cambridge Univ. 17-18 Sept, 2017, which aims to bring researchers in International Political Economy (IPE) and Financial Geography (FG) to find new/future research direction and to bid ESRC Future Research Grant in UK.

May, 2017

Invited keynote presentation of research paper entitled "Megacities, the World Largest Cities Unleashed: Major Trends and Dynamics in Contemporary Global Urban Development" published in World Development at 5th International Conference on Advances in Social Science, Management and Human Behaviour – SMHB'17 in Rome, Italy, 27-28 May.

March, 2017

Invited presentation on "Belt and Road Initiative and China's global direct investment strategies" organized by Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, in Kunming on 4 March 2017.

January, 2017

Invited presentation on "Beijing Olympics and China's mega-event urbanization model with preliminary comparison to India" organized by the World Bank and Indian Economic Association at the WB's Indian Head Office in New Delhi on 9 January 2017.


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Master of Arts in China Development Studies


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Dr. Simon Zhao is invited as guest speaker in the very high profile International Financial Forum.

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