About Us

The China Research and Development Network (CRDN) is a research unit of the Department of Applied Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 2005, CRDN was established in light of the rapid social and cultural transformations in the post-reform mainland China, to respond to its growing demands for professional social welfare services and the urgent need for developing indigenous social work theories and practice models. The objective of CRDN is to become a leading academic centre of China's social development, social policy, social work research and practice. Since its inception, the CRDN has continuously strived to provide outstanding education and training to mainland Chinese social work practitioners, while engaging in rigorous research as well as participating in some special projects. To date, CRDN has established three research centers in collaboration with Peking University, Yunnan University and Sun Yat-sen University with the aim of further cultivating our activities and research in mainland China.


Our Missions

  • To comprehend the true needs of the local Chinese people amid the country's rapid cultural and social transformations;
  • To accumulate indigenous social work knowledge and to develop social work practice and intervention models that are suitable in Chinese context;
  • To influence social policy formulation and social service development in mainland China based on solid research and practice;
  • To develop a vibrant network that supports research and educational programs in the mainland;
  • To facilitate continuous professional exchange among students, graduates, teachers and related practitioners;