The University of Hong Kong

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Centre for Civil Society and Governance (CCSG) at The University of Hong Kong 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.

Team Members

Research and support staff

Professor Wai-Fung Lam

Director, Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Dr Winnie Law

Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer, Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Ms Katie Chick

Assistant Director, Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Ms Sianna Yiu

Senior Project Officer, Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Dr Theresa Marie Lorenzo

Honorary Fellow, Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Dr Jessica Marie Williams

Honorary Fellow, Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Dr Taihua Hu

Senior Project Officer, Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Relevant links and research

Chu, V. H., Law, W. W. Y., & Williams, J. M. (2022). Advocacy coalitions in rural revitalisation: The roles of policy brokers and policy learning. Environmental Science & Policy, 136, 9-18.
Russell J.M., Chu V.H.Y., Lam W.F., & Law W.W.Y. (2021) Revitalising Rural Communities, SpringerBriefs on Case Studies of Sustainable Development, Singapore: Springer
Lam, W. F., Tang, C. P., & Tang, S. K. (2021). Bureaucratising Co-production: Institutional Adaptation of Irrigation Associations in Taiwan. Water Alternatives, 14(2), 435-452.
Wang, R. Y., Lam, W. F., & Wang, J. (2021). Irrigation Management in East Asia: Institutions, Socio-Economic Transformation and Adaptations. Water Alternatives, 14(2).
Russell, J. M., Chu, V. H. Y., Lam, W. F., & Law W.W.Y. (2021). Revitalising Rural Communities. Singapore: Springer.
Srinivasan, J., Lorenzo, T. E., Schoon, M. L., & White, D. D. (2021). Resilient Organizations for River Restoration: The Case of Two Colorado River Sub-Basin Recovery Programs. Frontiers in Water, 164.
Lorenzo, T. E., & Kinzig, A. P. (2020). Double exposures: future water security across urban Southeast Asia. Water, 12(1), 116.
Chu, Vivian H.Y. (27 Jun – 28 Jun, 2018) Cross-sector collaboration and the reconciliation of paradoxes: the building of system robustness in the attainment of rural sustainability. Paper presented at the ARNOVA-Asia Conference on ‘Evolving Government-Third Sector Relations in Asia’ at the University of Hong Kong, China.
Chu, Vivian H.Y. (5 Apr – 7 Apr, 2018) Collaborative Governance for Rural Sustainability: A Study of the Foundation of System Robustness. Paper presented at the Conference on ‘Rethinking Cross-sector Social Innovation’ at the Social Innovation and Change Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, The University of Harvard, United States.
Riveros-Iregui, D. A., Lorenzo, T. M., Liang, L. L., & Hu, J. (2018). Summer dry-down modulates the isotopic composition of soil CO2 production in snow-dominated landscapes. Plos one, 13(5), e0197471.
Lam, W. F., & Chiu, C. Y. (2016). Institutional nesting and robustness of self-governance: the adaptation of irrigation systems in Taiwan. International Journal of the Commons, 10(2).
David, C. P. C., Cayton, P. J. A., Lorenzo, T. E., & Santos, E. C. (2014). Statistical analysis of Philippine water district characteristics and how these affect water tariffs. Water international, 39(1), 1-9.
Ostrom, E., Lam, W. F., & Pradhan, P. (2011). Improving irrigation in Asia: Sustainable performance of an innovative intervention in Nepal. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Lam, W. F., & Ostrom, E. (2010). Analyzing the dynamic complexity of development interventions: lessons from an irrigation experiment in Nepal. Policy Sciences, 43(1), 1-25.
Lam, W. F. (2006). Foundations of a robust social-ecological system: irrigation institutions in Taiwan. Journal of Institutional Economics, 2(2), 203-226.
Shivakoti, G., Vermillion, D., Lam, W. F., Ostrom, E., Pradhan, U., & Yoder, R. (Eds.). (2005). Asian irrigation in transition: Responding to challenges ahead. SAGE Publishing India.
Lam, W. F. (2001). Coping with change: A study of local irrigation institutions in Taiwan. World Development, 29(9), 1569-1592.
Lam, W. F. (1998). Governing irrigation systems in Nepal: institutions, infrastructure, and collective action. Institute for Contemporary Studies.
Lam, W. F. (1996). Improving the performance of small-scale irrigation systems: The effects of technological investments and governance structure on irrigation performance in Nepal. World development, 24(8), 1301-1315.
Lam, W. F. (1996). Institutional design of public agencies and coproduction: a study of irrigation associations in Taiwan. World development, 24(6), 1039-1054.
Chu V.H.Y., Law W.W.Y., Williams J.M. (under revision) Advocacy coalitions in rural revitalisation: the roles of policy brokers and policy learning, Environmental Science and Policy.


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