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:

  1. To enhance col­lab­o­ra­tion between researchers in the Hong Kong and the United King­dom by devel­op­ing new poverty and social exclu­sion mea­sure­ment instruments.
  2. To improve the mea­sure­ment of poverty, depri­va­tion, social exclu­sion and stan­dard of liv­ing in the Chi­nese context.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To develop new com­bined low income/​deprivation poverty mea­sures for adults and children.
  6. To enhance the col­lab­o­ra­tion between aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions and local non-​governmental orga­ni­za­tions (NGOs) serv­ing vul­ner­a­ble groups in Hong Kong.
  7. To con­duct pol­icy rel­e­vant analy­ses of poverty and social exclu­sion in Hong Kong.