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


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…

28 September 2022 Monthly Research Seminar Series - Curating Citizenship: Law, Life and Archival Practices of Shenzhen Migrants

Speaker: Dr Dodom KIM, Rice University

Registration is now open!

[Interview Published] Poverty and Pacification: A Conversation with Dorothy J. Solinger

Dr. Jenny Chan's interview with Dorothy J. Solinger
on her book Poverty and Pacification:
The Chinese State Abandons the Old Working
Class has been published.

Roundtable: Asian Perspective for Social Work Education

Come to meet our speakers from Hong Kong,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, Uzbekistan
and Vietnam!

Date and Time: 9 Sept 2022 3:00-6:00 pm (GMT+8)
Location: Online via Zoom

All are welcome to join. Register now!

1 September 2022 Practice Research in Social Work: Sharing Research Examples and Findings

The Network cordially invites you to join our online
workshop organised in partnership with Ivane
Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia,
on 1st September, 2022.

Registration is now open!

Asian Platform Labour Conference 2022

Asian Platform Labour Conference 2022
Date: 18-19 Aug 2022

Department of Social Development, National
Pingtung University, Taiwan
Fairwork Foundation, Oxford Internet Institute,
University of Oxford
Digital Organisation and Society Research Centre,
Royal Holloway, University of London