This HK-UK collaborative research project aims to advance the theory and the practice of poverty and social exclusion measurement in Hong Kong by building on recent scientific advances in the United Kingdom, other European countries and adapting them to an urban Chinese context. The specific objectives of this study are:
- To enhance collaboration between researchers in the Hong Kong and the United Kingdom by developing new poverty and social exclusion measurement instruments.
- To improve the measurement of poverty, deprivation, social exclusion and standard of living in the Chinese context.
- To collect and analyse qualitative evidence on how low living standards and social exclusion shape the lifestyles of families, households and individuals using consensual focus group methods.
- To investigate the extent and prevalence of poverty and social exclusion in Hong Kong and explore causal relationships between different dimensions of poverty and social exclusion.
- To develop new combined low income/deprivation poverty measures for adults and children.
- To enhance the collaboration between academic institutions and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) serving vulnerable groups in Hong Kong.
- To conduct policy relevant analyses of poverty and social exclusion in Hong Kong.