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Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Studies in the Department of Public Policy (Appointment for 12 months commencing from July 2016 with possibility of extension) [Ref. C/R/005/09]


  1. Frontier City: Place, Belonging and Community in Contemporary Shenzhen
  2. Neighbourhood in an Increasingly Mobile Society


The appointee will work on the above externally funded Projects.  Project (1) involves the study of the experience and impact of rapid urbanisation in China, with the process of migration to and adaptation in cities, and the everyday life of the urban residents of these fast changing places; Project (2) involves the study of the impact of new patterns of mobility on the role of neighbourhood with regard to social identity and social networks.  The appointee will also participate in the general intellectual activities of the Urban Research Group.

(For details, please visit the website at



  1. Produce scoping papers on the demographic, social and spatial development of Shenzhen; 
  2. Contribute to, and collaborate with, the principal investigators on journal articles relevant to the Projects;
  3. Contribute to the conceptual development of the Projects in particular to the current debates around new mobilities and comparative urbanism, and the distinctiveness of Chinese urbanism and urbanisation; and
  4. Contribute to the work on the scope and content of the social surveys.


A recent PhD in Urban Sociology/Urban Geography/Urban Studies or related disciplines with no more than 3 years’ postdoctoral experience.  Proficiency in English and Chinese is required.  Knowledge of Chinese urbanization issues and GIS applications as well as experience in social survey methodology are preferred.

(For enquiries, please contact Professor Ray Forrest via email at or Professor Yip Ngai Ming via email at

(Those who have responded to the previous advertisement in November/December 2015 need not re-apply.)


Salary and Conditions of Service

Salary offered will be highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Fringe benefits include leave, medical and dental consultations at the campus clinic.

Information and Application

Further information on the post and the University is available at, or from the Human Resources Office, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong [Email : : 2788 1154 or 3442 0311]. 

To apply, please submit an online application at  The closing date is 23 May 2016.  Applications will receive full consideration and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.  The University’s privacy policy is available on the homepage.

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