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Background and Aims

The Centre for China Urban and Regional Studies (CURS or the Centre), currently housed at the Department of Geography of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU or the University), was established on 1 July 2001. CURS was founded with a major donation from Heung To Educational Fund secured by Professor C F Ng, former President and Vice Chancellor of the University.

CURS aims at conducting high quality research and cultivating academic exchange on China’s urban and regional developmental issues. Research fellows of CURS include faculty members of the University from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds who share a common interest in urban and regional research on China. It is the objective of CURS to enhance the University’s status as an academic hub for the study of China’s cities and regions.

Research conducted by CURS research fellows covers a wide range of intellectual and policy-oriented domains: housing privatization and housing market segmentation, transportation and land use, regional disparities, environmental management and sustainable development, social problems and social service provision, cultural landscapes, inter-regional and rural-urban migration, social stratification, quality of life, and urban modelling, including the application of geographic information systems and remote sensing techniques in the study of urban and regional change. Centre directors and fellows have pioneered in several areas of China urban studies including residential change, housing preferences, activity-travel behaviour analysis etc. Since founding, CURS has established collaboration with research institutions in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and elsewhere, such as the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, The Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning of The University of Hong Kong, the Urban China Research Network of the University at Albany, New York, the Urban China Research International Network of Cardiff University, Wales, and the Urban and Regional Research Centre of the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

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