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IPP focuses on policy research that has significant potential impact on social, economic and environmental wellbeing. Leveraging on the university’s strengths in science, business, engineering and social science, IPP aims to promote interdisciplinary policy research as a means to tackle key policy challenges confronting Hong Kong, the mainland, and the region, such as ageing, environmental degradation, and social inequalities. We will pay particular attention to the impact of scientific developments and technological innovations on policy development, as well as opportunities to advance policy discourse through evidenced-based approaches to policy-making.
Research Clusters
Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
Smart city, research policy, regulatory policy for technological innovations, higher education policy in innovation, knowledge transfer, privacy and security

Environmental Policy and Sustainability
Climate sustainability, energy security, urban resilience, water security
Social Changes and Public Policy
Population ageing, elderly care, health policy, labor, social stratification, inequalities
China’s Development Policy
Infrastructure development, land, human resources development, regional integration, local government and development, public private partnership
Research Projects
The Early Childhood Intervention Project
The Early Childhood Intervention Project (The Project) is a cross-disciplinary intervention research aiming to examine the effectiveness of a family and internet based intervention to promote the developmental outcomes of young children living in poverty. Through research, we hope to identify the most effective way to enhance the developmental outcomes of disadvantaged young children through unleashing parental resources embedded in the family system, utilizing technological resources and tapping into the human resources enjoyed by the older population of Hong Kong. In the long run, the Project is expected to drive up the social mobility of children living in poverty through promoting their holistic development.

The Project will involve a total of 1,200 young children aged between 2 to 3 years old. The Project will last for 24 months, including a city wide population baseline survey profiling the socio-economic status of low income families in Hong Kong (n=1,200) and a longitudinal randomized control trail targeting at 200 parents-children dyads . Based on the Experiential Learning Model, parents will receive internet-based training on child development. A train the trainer model is adopted, so that parent will be supervised by elderly mentors to promote the positive development of their children in daily settings. Professional trainings are given to the elderly mentors by the Project team comprising family therapists, social workers and child psychologists.

The Project is an academic collaboration among professors and researchers from the Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the University of Hong Kong, University of Science and Technology, and Washington University in St Louis.
Pearl River Delta (PRD) Air Quality Game
Air pollution is China’s most acute environmental hazard and the difficulty of governing transboundary air pollution among China’s provinces and cities is the primary reason why it has not been brought under control. The IPP is developing a computer game focused on the Pearl River Delta to help resolve the difficulties of regional transboundary air pollution. The game will enable players to see a computer simulated air pollution outcome resulting from their reaction to policies in one game play, then in the next game they can amend their behaviour to reduce air pollution. Game players will take the role of different stakeholders (policy makers, electricity generators, manufacturers, ship owners, commercial and private road vehicles operators) in each of the PRD’s 11 different cities. Each city will get to make its own policies and adapt national and provincial policies as it sees fit and stakeholders within the city will respond to those policies according to their economic and social needs and values. The game will show to players if air pollution control can be driven by increasing transparency of efforts among stakeholders. If players are able to see the outcomes from own actions and that of others—whether people are cooperating or freeriding—we will know if the policies being used are effective or not. This game is being developed so students can learn how policies can be developed and applied and for policymakers to test their regulatory approaches.

Gaming the Evolution of Cooperation on Regional Air Pollution Reduction
Institute for Public Policy (IPP)
Room 4611, Academic Building, Clear Water Bay,
Kowloon, Hong Kong