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Opening position
Entry-level / Associate-level Researcher
17 February 2020
Remarks: The appointment is recruited and funded by Civic Exchange.

Project background

The Institute for Public Policy (IPP) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in collaboration with Civic Exchange (CEx) is supporting the Green Building Project under the Hong Kong 2050 is Now program with a multi-year and multi-pronged action to tackle the green building issue. 

Hong Kong is a unique built environment of high-rise, high density urban areas, where activities in building accounting for over 90% of electricity consumption or 60% of greenhouse gas emissions. Of the 42,000+ buildings in the private sector, less than 1% of existing buildings have applied for green building certificates and there is still more than 50% headroom for new buildings to be 100% green, despite the incentive of 10% Gross Floor Area concession.

Green buildings, therefore, is a key priority to achieve maximum energy saving, as well as for Hong Kong to contribute to China’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NCD) of achieving carbon reduction of more than 65% by 2030.


Opening position: Entry-level/Associate-level Researcher (1-year contract, renewable)


Roles and responsibilities of the position:

  • Conducting desktop research on both local and international green building policies, focusing on building codes, legislations, tax, energy audit, disclosure, etc.

  • Developing interview and survey guides, and performing data collection and analysis for policy gaps

  • Engaging stakeholders to identify their incentives and barriers for greening buildings in Hong Kong

  • Assisting in developing policy recommendations for Hong Kong’s green buildings that takes the Greater Bay Area context into consideration

  • Performing associated administrative duties such as to liaise with stakeholders, arrange interviews, organise and transcribe data


Requirements of the candidate:

  • Holder of a master’s degree and above in related fields; experience in environmental sector, building sector or/and policy research is an advantage

  • Passion for sustainability policy research and engagement

  • Fluent in English and Mandarin

  • Excellent in communication and interpersonal relations

  • Team player, hard-working and self-motivated


Interested candidate should provide the following documents to Tracy Wong Harris (

  • Full resume with current and expected salary

  • Details of two people who are willing to act as referees. We will not contact these referees without your express permission.  Please note that reference checks may be conducted prior to face-to-face interviews. 


Other information:

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.  All personal data collected will be treated with strict confidence and used for recruitment purpose only.  


Remarks: The appointment is recruited and funded by Civic Exchange.

HKUST Institute for Public Policy