Established in December 2002, the Centre for Civil Society and Governance (“the Centre”) was the first research centre in Hong Kong dedicated to enhancing our knowledge of civil society—its nature, constituents, dynamics, roles (in particular its contribution toward governance)—and to contributing to the attainment of a sustainable society through forging community-based, innovative solutions to inform policy deliberation and collective action.
To study the characteristics and functions of civil society;
To facilitate collaboration and collective actions to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals at the local, regional and international levels;
To gain a good understanding of various types of civil society organizations, especially those which can foster a sustainable society;
To develop practical measures that can strengthen civil society and enhance its impact as an agent for attaining a sustainable society; and
To foster dialogues and partnerships between the university, government, corporates, and the social sector.
Collaboration is one of the keys for unlocking sustainability. The Centre for Civil Society and Governance adopts a collaborative approach in our teaching and research projects with an aim to producing shared knowledge and joint actions to a common vision. We proactively engage partners from public, private and nonprofit sectors. To name a few, these include HSBC, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Council for Sustainable Development, Countryside Conservation Office of HKSAR Government, Ashoka, St. James’ Settlement, The Conservancy Association, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, etc.