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Hong Kong Research Grant

The Society offers two research grants for students undertaking geographical research in the Greater China region (People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Macau SAR and Hong Kong SAR).

Jie Ding of the University of Cambridge, 2007 recipient of the Hong Kong Research Grant, extracting soil samples at the Xihanshui basin, China

One grant of £2,500 will be awarded to a postgraduate student on a PhD course as part of the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Research Awards. One grant of £1,000 will be awarded to an undergraduate student.

These grants, supported by the Hong Kong branch of The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), may be used to help with travel, equipment, data collection and subsistence in the field.


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Hong Kong Research Grant recipients

 2017: Jesper Svensson (University of Cambridge). 'Hydrologic variability and collective action: Pathways to water security in the Yellow River Basin'

 2016: Calvin Chung (University College London). 'The Greening of Urban Governance in China: a case study of greenway development in the Pearl River Delta cities'

 2015: Eric Chan (University of Oxford). 'Built environment, social capital and walking behaviour in transit oriented development – a case study of Shenzhen, China'

 2014: Yuge Ma (University of Oxford). 'Energy Efficiency Regulation of China: looking for a balance between the contrasting goals of economic growth and low carbon transition'

 2013: Runing Ye (University College London). 'Impact of rapid urbanization on individuals’ commuting trips and subjective well-being - Evidence from Xi’an, China'

 2012: Haiyan Yu (University of Oxford). 'Integrated water resources management, gender mainstreaming and water security in rural villages of arid and semi-arid North-western (NW) China'

 2011: Siyuan He (University of Cambridge). 'Water balance under different surface conditions in Kobresia meadow, Northern Tibet'

 2010: Yijing Li (University of Cambridge). 'The Geography of Crime in China since the economic reform of 1978: a multi-scale analysis; and a case study in city Shenzhen'

 2009: Yan Li (University College London). 'Eutrophication in the Three Gorges Reservoir Region of China: a catchment-based approach'

 2008: Xuhui Dong (University College London). 'Defining Restoration Targets for Eutrophic Taihu Lake using Diatoms'

 2007: Yun Qian (Heriot-Watt University). 'Urban and Community Regeneration in Chinese cities: with Case Studies in Beijing' 

 2007: Ding Jie (University of Cambridge). 'A Study of Spatially-Distributed Supply and Delivery of Sediment in the Xihanshui Basin, Gansu Province, China; and of Investment Prioritization in Sediment Control'

 2006: John Gates (University of Oxford). 'Groundwater Recharge and Palaeohydrology of the Badain Jaran Region, Chinese Inner Mongolia'

 2006: Jennifer Hsu (University of Cambridge). 'The Effects of Internal Labour Migration on the Relationship Between Civil Society and the Government of the People's Republic of China'

 2005: Adam Young (University College London). 'Badain Jaran Desert Expedition: Studying Modern Lake Environments' 

 2004: Giovanni Da Col (University of Cambridge). 'Pilgrimage, Environmental Knowledge and Sources of Affliction Around Kawa Karpo, a Tibetan Sacred Mountain in Northwest Yunnan, China' 

 2003: Jingyi Li (Durham University). 'Regional Development of Xinjiang, Under the Intervention of Chinese Government Policy'

For further information on the projects listed above, including a summary of the research and expedition reports, please browse the Society's Expeditions Database.

About the Award

The Hong Kong Research Grant was established in 2003 and is generously supported by the Hong Kong branch of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

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