This book discusses the policy and public health challenges in Hong Kong from the perspective of economic and social welfare challenges, specifically focusing on the poverty and inequality research commissioned by the HKSAR government. Conducted by a team at the HJKC's Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention at the University of Hong Kong across a five-year period, the book presents analyses based on high quality statistical data to explore some of the socioeconomic roots of the civil unrest in 2019, while also acknowledging the limitations and challenges of trying to build a stronger society under the constraints of the One Country Two Systems policy. Building on extensive research based on governmental data supplied to the Centre, it provides concrete, evidence-based suggestions for reducing poverty in a high-income society, which are useful not only for Hong Kong but also for other societies experiencing similar challenges. It makes an original contribution to research into inequalities, poverty and social policies, and will be of interest to those seeking to understand the ongoing political challenges in Hong Kong and how they relate to the socioeconomic challenges and policies that affect the everyday lives of ordinary people there. It is relevant to academics, students and policymakers concerned with social inequalities and policy intervention.
About the Author: Professor Paul Yip is the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Hong Kong University, a Chair Professor of Population Health at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, and the Founding Director of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP). A leading international suicide prevention and social sciences scholar, Professor Yip has received numerous awards, including the Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship (2020), the Australian and China Alumni Research Award (2019), outstanding researcher and supervisor award (2012, 2011), Knowledge exchange award (2018), the Stengel Research Award in 2012, Silver Innovation Award (2008) and the Hong Kong Medal of Honor in 2017.