Making Our City More Walkable for All
Hong Kong is one of the busiest and most compact vertical cities in the world. Yet it is also one of the most walkable urban centres on the planet with networks of interlinked multi-level walkways connecting transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls and residential areas. However, as the ageing population grows and new infrastructure projects and high-rises are squeezed into the city’s already crowded spaces, people who use these walkways are under increasing pressure to find clear, direct routes to their destinations. The HKUrbanLab, the research and knowledge exchange arm of the Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong, is working with Civic Exchange and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service on a project called ‘Walking with Wheels’, aimed at finding the best barrier-free routes for people in wheelchairs and those with prams and trolleys.
Animals Get Long-Overdue Protection
Ms Whitfort’s pioneering work to improve the legislative protection of animals is far from over.
Taking It to the Street
The Faculty of Dentistry's programme has complemented the work of Project Concern Hong Kong by focusing on prevention to benefit people from low-income backgrounds.
'Review of Animal Welfare Legislation in Hong Kong'
Ms Amanda Whitfort's research provided the first and, to date, only empirical study of the adequacy of animal protection legislation in Hong Kong and was used by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the HKSAR Government to introduce new legislation controlling the breeding and sale of companion animals in Hong Kong with the enactment of the Public Health (Animals and Birds) (Animal Traders) Regulations 2016. Ms Whitfort received the University’s Knowledge Exchange Excellence Award 2016 for this project.
How Science is Saving Hong Kong's Oyster Industry
Oysters have been cultivated in Deep Bay in northwest Hong Kong for more than 700 years. But the future of this traditional industry is uncertain as sales of the saltwater delicacy have been steadily falling due to fears of contamination. Dr Rajan of HKU is working with the Hong Kong government’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and the Deep Bay Oyster Cultivation Association to provide a solution for the sustainable development of this industry for new generations of farmers.
HKU Flu Fighters are First Responders Against Global Pandemics
Knowledge exchange, which is firmly underpinned by their excellent research, is an integral part of the School of Public Health's work to achieve impact in public health well beyond the academic world.
Where Virtual Worlds have Become a Reality
The imseCAVE has become the go-to technology in Hong Kong for creating virtual worlds