Our Research

We encourage and help to facilitate applied research making best use of a partnership between academics and practitioners. Emphasis will be placed on research that meets the following criteria:

  1. Meets a perceived need.
  2. Encourages partnership between academics and practitioners.
  3. Contributes to taught programmes.
  4. Uses a multi-disciplinary approach.
  5. Is available for publication.

We assist academics to obtain funding from non-university sources to undertake research. We can be commissioned by either government agencies or the private sector to undertake action, survey, theoretical and evaluative research. The independence of the University and researchers of international repute ensures quality research on issues and problems faced by law enforcement and the security community.

  1. Romance Fraud Project
  2. Harm Reduction Strategy: Its Application and Effectiveness in Hong Kong
  3. Social Network Approach to Recidivism in Hong Kong
  4. HIV/AIDS Response Indicator Survey (HARiS) 2019-2020

Both a content and thematic analysis will be undertaken of these articles to answer the following questions:

  1. What characteristics of romance fraud are evident in the articles (communication methods, justification for money, logistics around sending the money)?
  2. What characteristics of victims are evident in the articles (gender, age, education, occupation)?
  3. What characteristics of offenders are evident in the articles (gender, age, education, co-offending, location)?
  4. What (if any) are the differences in the details given for romance fraud between the English speaking and the Chinese media articles?
  5. What (if any) are the difference between romance fraud in Hong Kong, compared to existing romance fraud scholarship focused on a Global North/Western context?

Principle Investigator: Dr. Cassandra Cross

Co-Investigator: Professor Karen A. Joe Laidler

Project Duration:  2021 - Present

 

Harm Reduction Strategy: Its Application and Effectiveness in Hong Kong

Funded by Knowledge Exchange Office HKU

This project aims to:

  1. To collaborate with frontline drug services providers in Hong Kong to create harm reduction strategies for drug users that respect clients' autonomy.
  2. To engage drug users in Hong Kong with frontline drug services providers enabling them to express their needs and assist in the development of harm reduction services.
  3. To access the feasibility and applicability of harm reduction strategy in a local context as requested by the Hong Kong Government in the Three-year Plan on Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Services in Hong Kong (2018-2020) of the Narcotics Division.

Principle Investigator: Professor Karen A. Joe Laidler

Project Duration: 2020 - Present

 

Social Network Approach to Recidivism in Hong Kong

Funded by Correctional Services Department, HKSAR

The main areas of the proposed research are:

  1. to assess the effectiveness of CSD rehabilitation services in terms of adopting social network approach;
  2. to assess the relationship between social support and recidivism rate;
  3. to examine how social support (family, employers, colleagues, peers, NGOs,religious organizations, volunteers and other significant others) is relevant to the rehabilitation and reintegration of rehabilitated offenders in the community; and
  4. to yield significant findings by comparing the strength of factors under the framework of social support of rehabilitated offenders

Principle Investigator: Professor Karen A. Joe Laidler

Co- Investigator: Dr. Samson Chan, Dr. Kwan Ming Tak Kalwan

Project Duration: 2019 -  Present

HIV/AIDS Response Indicator Survey (HARiS) 2019-2020

Funded by Department of Health, HKSAR

This research aims to conduct a behavioural surveillance survey to systematically collect information on HIV-related risk behaviours using standardised AIDS Response Indicators (AIDS-RI) on four at-risk subpopulations in Hong Kong, namely men who have sex with men (MSM), people with inject drugs (PWID), female sex workers (FSW) and male clients of female sex workers (MCFSW).

Principle Investigator: Dr. Travis S.K. Kong

Co- Investigator: Professor Karen A. Joe Laidler

Project Duration: 2019 -  Present