This web­site reports research into poverty and social exclu­sion in Hong Kong. It gives facts and fig­ures on a wide range of aspects of mate­r­ial and social depri­va­tion and looks at the impact poverty has on people’s lives, prospects and well-​being. It pro­vides evi­dence as to the under­ly­ing causes of poverty and the key events in people’s lives that can leave them vul­ner­a­ble to poverty. It tracks and assesses the impact of cur­rent poli­cies on the poor.

The PSEHK web­site is part of a research project. The Poverty and Social Exclu­sion in Hong Kong (PSEHK) project is funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Coun­cil and the UK Eco­nomic and Social Research Coun­cil. This research project exam­ines direct mea­sures of depri­va­tion and social exclu­sion, and draws on pub­lic opin­ion to set min­i­mum stan­dards of liv­ing (see Con­sen­sual method).

The Social Dis­ad­van­tages, Well-​being and Health in Hong Kong (SDWH-​HK) funded project “Trends and Impli­ca­tions of Poverty and Social Dis­ad­van­tages in Hong Kong: A Multi-​disciplinary and Lon­gi­tu­di­nal Study” is a multi-​institution, inter-​disciplinary lon­gi­tu­di­nal study con­sist­ing of three main research streams which aim to mea­sure and gauge the cur­rent trends and impli­ca­tions of poverty and social dis­ad­van­tages in Hong Kong. The first research focus is to mea­sure the extent and nature of poverty, depri­va­tion and exclu­sion in Hong Kong and the effec­tive­ness of cur­rent pol­icy ini­tia­tives in tack­ling poverty. The sec­ond research focus is to inves­ti­gate the impacts of poverty, inequal­ity and social dis­ad­van­tages on young people’s health and well-​being. The Inter­ac­tion between poverty and health inequal­i­ties is our third focus.

Respon­dents to the HKCSS Poverty Sur­vey 2011 and the PSEHK sur­vey will be re-​interviewed in two follow-​up sur­veys in 201314 and 201516.