Trust in the Smart City
(Online Workshop)

Date :
29 October 2020 (Thu)
Time :
2:00pm - 4:30pm

(General participants)
(CCL for HKBU students)

GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "China & France : Overcoming Distrust with Multi-level Coopetition" on 15 October 2020. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Emilie Tran (Assistant Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU)
Dr. Tushar Chaudhuri's EU Jean Monnet Project entitled Green Urban Environments: A Virtual Platform for Collaboration for Secondary School Students (GRUEN), has been shortlisted for the QS-Wharton Reimagine Education Awards under their Sustainability Award category. This year's Awards process saw nearly 1500 applications submitted across thirteen categories, and QS-Wharton have only chosen to shortlist the top 12 percent of these innovations. Congratulations!
GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "Transitional Justice and Truth Recovery in Northern Ireland under the Good Friday / Belfast Agreement" on 24 September 2020. Keynote Speaker: Dr. C. K. Martin Chung (Assistant Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU)
The conference "The EU-Asia Schools E-Conference on Sustainability and Urban Innovation" was held from 10-12 September 2020 over the Zoom platform at HKBU. The conference marked the end of Dr. Tushar Chaudhuri's 2 year Jean Monnet Project on Green Urban Environments (GRUEN) co-funded by the European Commission. The project and the conference brought together 300 high school students, teachers and experts from Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and Europe to discuss the students' visions of sustainable cities.
Dr. Emilie Tran participated in the webinar "China's Evolving Economic Relations with North Africa: Before and After COVID-19" on 10 September 2020, organized by the Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, an independent and world-leading policy institute, whose mission is to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. (Details) More than 200 people from over 40 countries tuned in via Zoom and Facebook live. (Watch the webinar)
Latest journal article by Stivas, D. & Śliwiński, K. (2020). "Securitizing Coronavirus: Global Risks, Responses, and Consequences", global-e, 8 September 2020,
Latest journal article by Dr. C. K. Martin Chung "Twenty Years After: Statute of Limitations and the Asymmetric Burdens of Justice in Northern Ireland and Post-war Germany". Parliamentary Affairs, doi:
Chan, Ka-lok Kenneth. "Democrats 35+ Civil Voting Observation Report". (「民主派 35+ 初選公民投票」 觀察報告) Election Observation Project, 23 July 2020.
Dr. Sliwinski Krzysztof (Associate Professor, Department of GIS, HKBU) has succeeded in securing a third consecutive prestigious funding from the European Union to support the project: Asia Pacific Model European Union organized in cooperation with the National Centre for Research on Europe (University of Canterbury, NZ). (Details)
Latest journal article by Prof. Alistair Cole (with Thibault Rioufreyt) "Inquiry on territorial governance in Brittany and Wales: reanalysis of qualitative data by using CAQDAS in a comparative setting." Qualitative Research, July 2020, doi:
Dr. Emilie Tran participated in the webinar "China's role in the MENA region post-COVID-19" on 10 June 2020, organized by the Brookings Institution (a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C.). She discussed the role of Europe and China in the Middle East and North Africa post-COVID-19. (Details)
GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "Power and Societies in the Pandemic : A Global and Comparative Perspective" on 18 June 2020. Keynote Speakers: Prof. Laurent Sermet (Professeur à l'Institut d'études politiques, Aix-en-Provence, Aix-Marseille Université), Dr. Emilie Tran (Assisfont Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU)
GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "Trust, Transparency and Transdisciplinarity : Lessons from COVID-19" on 11 June 2020. Keynote Speaker: Prof. Alistair Cole (Head, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU)
GIS Majors Graduation, 9 June 2020.
Latest journal article by Dr. Krzysztof Sliwinski (with Martin Holland and Nicholas Thomas) "Is Affective Effective? Measuring Affective Learning in Simulations." International Studies Perspectives, ekaa005,
June 2020 issue of International Migration - the journal of the United Nations International Organization for Migration - featuring a collection of new solid research on the Chinese in Europe, with an article by Dr. Emilie Tran (with Dr. Ya-Han Chuang), "Social Relays of China's Power Projection? Overseas Chinese Collective Actions for Security in France", pp: 101-117. International Migration, Volume 58, Issue 3, New Chinese Migration Modalities, pp: 1-272.
GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "COVID-19 as a Global Security Issue" on 26 May 2020. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Krzysztof Sliwinski (Associate Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU), Dr. Dionysios Stivas (Part-time Lecturer, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU)
GIS Webinar (Online Seminar) "The Chinese Political Landscape in the Shadow of the COVID-19 Crisis" on 21 May 2020. Keynote Speaker: Prof. Jean-Pierre Cabestan (Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBU)
Year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. HKBU European Studies Programme (French Stream) celebrates this anniversary with a gesture of solidarity. About 1.3 million people in Hong Kong live below the poverty line. In recent months many have lost their jobs, many more can't afford purchasing face masks and hygienic kits to protect themselves in the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the Yr 4 students from the European Studies Programme (French stream) have joined forces with the French Chamber Foundation and launched the Code Red Fundraising Campaign and crowdfunding initiative.

Via ZOOM With European Studies Programme (French Stream) students and Dr. Jason Ho, Center for Innovative Service-Learning, HKBU, and from left to right: Dr. Emilie Tran; Ms. Anita Leung, General Manager, French Chamber Foundation; Ms. Sophie Leconte, Executive Director, French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hong Kong; Dr. Albert Chau, Vice-President for Teaching and Learning, HKBU; and Mr. Thierry Neveux, President, French Chamber Foundation.
Dr. Emilie Tran (above), Assistant Professor of GIS and Mr. Stivas Dionysios, Part-time Lecturer of GIS, are featured in an interview with the Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly (《信報財經月刊》) to talk about the economic impact of COVID-19 on Europe as well as globalizaton. (Preview)
Mr. Cheung Hin Yung, Year 2 student of the European Studies (German Stream), has successfully qualified for the HKBU's Albert and Mabel Chan Exchange Scholarship 2020. Mr. Cheung will receive the full scholarship amount of HK$ 68,000 to support his exchange year at the University of Göttingen in Germany in academic year 2020-2021.
Dr. Emilie Tran, Assistant Professor of GIS and Course Coordinator for the European Studies Programme (French Stream), participates at the RTHK Radio 3 current affairs programme "Backchat" on 20 March 2020 to talk about the COVID-19 in France. (Listen the episode)
Dr. Kenneth Chan, Associate Professor and Director of the Comparative Governance & Policy Research Centre visited SciencesPo Bordeaux in the second half of January 2020. In addition to giving a series of lectures on Hong Kong, he participated in an evening discussion hosted with great success by "Good Morning Asia", a very active student organization. GIS and SciencesPo Bordeaux are strengthening our partnership for both students and colleagues, making a valuable contribution to the internationalization strategy of both institutions.
Prof. Alistair Cole, Head of the Department of Government and International Studies, was interviewed about the 12 December elections in the United Kingdom on the TV channel Hong Kong International Business News, in programme All about Money. The interview can be accessed here: part 1, part 2.
Award Ceremony of Linguistic Scholarships at the French Residence under the patronage of the Consul General, Mr. Alexandre Giorgini, and the Vice President of the Hong Kong Chapter of the Legion of Honour, Mr. Paul Clerc-Renaud, with our Year 4 students of European Studies (French Stream) Programme, GIS faculty members and Dr. Albert Chau, Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), HKBU.
Hong Kong Political Science Association (HKPSA) Annual Conference, 26 October 2019; jointly organized by GIS Department and the HKPSA.
Latest Staff Publications
Latest Op-eds
Dr Albert Chau, Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), HKBU and Dr Jason Ho, Senior Service-Learning Consultant, Centre for Innovative Service-Learning, HKBU

The Opening Ceremony of Innovative Service-Learning Projects Exhibition and Presentations. 88 students taking the course POLS 2015 (Government & Politics of Hong Kong) designed and completed advocacy campaigns on environmental issues.
Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Felix Chung Kwok-pan, Legislators and Law Yuk Kai, Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor and

GIS Students Society co-hosted forum on the Extradition Law
Pierre Bourgeois, General Manager, Vinci Construction Grands Projets (VCGP) ; Member of the French Foreign Trade Advisors in Hong Kong

Sharing about building engineering & management and VCGP's contributions to Hong Kong
Alexandre Giorgini, the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau

Lunch Gathering with Consulate General of France
Nathan He Lanshan, Officer for Education & French Language, the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau and Yasmin Chafra, Head of CampusFrance Hong Kong

A talk about the scholarships programme for language summer course and the exchange year in France
French Stream Year IV students EURO4006 and exchange students from France

Service learning for Food Angel
Clément Brumeaux, COO of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hong Kong and Servane Delaye, General Manager of the French Chamber Foundation

Sharing about business environment and the French presence in Hong Kong as well as the business corporations' responsibility to uphold sustainability.
Julien-Loïc Garin, CEO of Le French May arts festival

French presence in Hong Kong is also very strong in the arts with Le French May (since 1993) and the recently established lights festival Lumières Hong Kong (depuis 2017), that bring together French artists and artists and the public of Hong Kong, against preconceived ideas and common belief and enhance creativity.
Alma Brami, French novelist

Meeting and sharing with the author.
Hubert Charuel, the film director of the French movie Petit Paysan (Received César Award for Best First Feature Film, César Award for Best Actor, and César Award for Best Supporting Actress)

Sharing about the making of his movie and the life in rural areas and of peasants in France.
Laëtitia Mergui, French External Trade Advisor & Regional Managing Director, Chloé (Asia Pacific), Richemont (a Swiss luxury group)

Presentation followed by Q&A session.
Stéphane Lam, artistic director and project manager of Le Pavillon Rouge des Arts (HK) Ltd

Celebration of the Francophonie with the creation of an anthem in French celebrating the diversity of Hong Kong and the poesy of the French language.
Vincent Villepelet, French External Trade Advisor & Chief Financial Officer, LVMH Asia Pacific

Seminar of exploring the presence of French brands in the luxury industry in Hong Kong and Greater China cum visit at Maison Louis Vuitton (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Dany Laferrière, the Canadian novelist and French Academician

An inaugural lecture in the opening ceremony of the 19th Francophonie Festival in Hong Kong on the topic about the quintessential role of books for us in a world dominated by the immediacy of news
Éric Mayer, Managing Partner at Thomas, Mayer & Associés ; French Foreign Trade Advisor ; Barrister at law (Paris)

Seminar about the legal and fiscal environment in Hong Kong that enhances the migration and development of French companies in the Region.
Jacques Boissier, President of French Foreign Trade Advisors section in Hong Kong

Company visit about the logistics sector and international trade with foods and perishables.
Julie Metta, School of Energy and Environment, the City University of Hong Kong

a newest discipline, circular economy, and the issues and challenges of recycling in Hong Kong and Greater China.
Charlotte Judet, Member of the French Foreign Trade Advisors in Hong Kong ; Vice President of Communication APAC at Kering Asia Pacific (an international luxury group based in Paris, France)

Presentation about luxury industry
Stéphane Lam,artistic director and project manager of Le Pavillon Rouge des Arts (HK) Ltd

Workshop - "As in France"
Jean-Benoît Kaeppelin, General Secretary of the French Foreign Trade Advisors in Hong Kong ; the Founder & CEO of International Asia Inc. Ltd (specializing in organisation and people's development)

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GIS trains students in the different aspects of political science, with a strong emphasis on international relations and comparative politics, and in European Studies, using a multi-disciplinary approach.


In addition to the department itself, GIS also contributes to teaching in the Global and China Studies programme, Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts in Global Society and Master of Social Sciences (Contemporary China Studies).


Research by staff of the GIS Department covers Hong Kong and Chinese politics, European politics and European integration, social movements and protest, political transitions and democratization, international relations, and economic and cultural relations between China and Europe.