Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre (CGPC)

The Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre (CGPC) was established in June 2009. It is an academic consortia centre located in the Department of Government and International Studies (GIS), Hong Kong Baptist University. It provides a platform with which the academic members of the GIS Department and their affiliated colleagues could work on research and consultancy. In addition, the Centre enables and enhances cooperation in research and consultancy within Hong Kong Baptist University and also in the wider community. With the establishment of the CGPC, the GIS Department is in a strong position to compete for government and non-government policy research. The Centre director is Dr. Chan Ka Lok Kenneth.

Action Plan

For 2018-2020, CGPC puts forward a four-pronged action plan - media exposures, consultancy, outreach and networking, and creation of a CGPC community among scholars and students-synergized to advance the Centre's profile in line with its Objectives.

Media Exposures

Director's and Deputy Director's comments on current global and local affairs can be found in local and overseas news outlets such as RTHK, Ming Pao, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Initium, BBC News, UCA news, Le Monde, The Economist, Wall Street Journal etc.

Consultancy (Hong Kong and International)

  • HKSAR Government Policy Innovation and Coordination Office (PICO) Non-panel Reviewer, since September 2018
  • Hong Kong Consumer Council Study, completed on 8 October 2018
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, International Psychology Programme, a 2-hour Workshop for visiting PhD students followed by a meeting with GIS postgraduate students, 8 November 2018
  • International Office HKBU, "The Legislative Council: History, Functions and Reforms", talk given to participants of a LegCo Tour prepared by CGPC Director, 13 November 2018

Outreach and Networking

Organized a Round Table with the participation of three prominent policy think tanks and their leaders at the Hong Kong Political Science Association Annual Conference, 3 November 2018:

Conducted business meetings with government officials, consul-generals, community leaders, and academic partners


Invited to chair or give talks at international and local institutions:

The World Social Science Forum 2018 (Fukuoka, Japan); PEN Hong Kong Centre; Hong Kong History Museum; City University of Hong Kong; University of Hong Kong; book stores; film clubs; local and international schools



The Centre is established to provide a branding platform for research and consultancy to the members of GIS Department, its affiliated and associated colleagues in academia and the community. It also enables and enhances cooperation and management of resources for research and consultancy inside HKBU and in the outside community.


To promote better governance by:

  • Providing an institutional, organisational and managerial platform for policy related international comparative research and for the dissemination of research results;
  • Promoting comparative policy research of global significance, with a special focus on policy of EU-Asian significance;
  • Promoting international comparative research methods;
  • Educating internationally oriented best-practice (quality assurance) and benchmarking (metrics of evaluation) policy research; and
  • Seeing international, governmental, academic, community, and business partners to support, promote, and employ programmatic research into public perceptions of and participation in public policy formulation, evaluation and reform.

How It Works

CGPC composes of research projects, their directors and members, all of whom solicit and obtain their respective project funding on their own initiative. Members remain members as long as they are conducting funded policy research. The Centre provides a branding platform for research and consultancy to the members of the GIS Department, its affiliated and associated colleagues in academia and the community.