About China and Global Development Network


The China and Global Development Network (CGDN) is one of the centres in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. CGDN (previously China Research and Development Network) was established in 2005 in light of the rapid social transformations of Mainland China in the post-reform era, to meet the urgent need for developing indigenous social work theories and practice models in response to the growing demand for professional social service. The Network was renamed CGDN in June 2021 to facilitate international partnership in social work and global social development, in view of the opportunities and challenges presented by the new geopolitical context.

The objective of CGDN is to become a leading academic centre for social development, social policy, and social work research and practice in Mainland China and the world. CGDN has been striving to provide outstanding capacity building programmes and engage in rigorous research with the Mainland China social work community. We have also extended our network to other countries along the New Silk Road to promote regional and international partnership in social work education, practice and research. To date, CGDN has facilitated: in Mainland China, the establishment of the Peking University-The Hong Kong Polytechnic University China Social Work Research Centre and the Yunnan University-The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Design and Social Development Centre; globally, the collaboration with universities and social welfare agencies in Israel, Kazakhstan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Latest News


25 November 2022 Monthly Research Seminar Series “Social Inequalities in Healthy Ageing of Older Adults”

Speaker: Dr Eric LAI (Institute of Health Equity,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Moderator: Dr Jenny CHAN
(Department of Applied Social Sciences,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Platform: Online via Zoom

Registration is now open!

[Interview] "Haunting scenes 'near iPhone factory' in China: 'Fleeing or escaping'" with Dr Jenny Chan

An interview by Yahoo News Australia
featuring Dr Jenny Chan.

Full text available in PDF.

China Journal of Social Work’s Writing Workshop: How Do Social Science Journal Editors Assess the Quality of Qualitative Research Papers?

16 December 2022 (Friday)
10:00 to 12:00 (CST; UTC+08:00)
Online via Zoom

Now opened for registration!
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2022年10月29日网上讲座上线了! 来认识「民众戏剧与社区教育」

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16 November 2022 Monthly Research Seminar Series: 落實「鄉村振興」的願景 : T村的集體經濟發展

16 November 2022 Monthly Research Seminar Series
落實「鄉村振興」的願景 : T村的集體經濟發展
Speaker: Dr Gao Ming, Shanghai University
Language: Putonghua

Registration is now open!

Roundtable on Asian Perspective for Social Work Education Successfully Organized

The Roundtable entitled, “Asian Perspective for
Social Work Education” was successfully organized
on 9th September 2022.

Read more on the inspiring discussions amongst
the speakers, respondents and participants…