A Boost for Workers’ Rights
Professor Pun Ngai’s research not only has brought attention to the widespread use of vocational school students as a new form of labour use in Apple’s supply chain in Mainland China, but has also influenced campaigns launched by local and international NGOs that seek to improve working conditions for those student interns.
Conservation Forensics Helping to Fight Illegal Wildlife Trafficking
Illegal wildlife trafficking is the fourth most lucrative criminal trade in the world and is estimated to generate up to US$20 billion in illicit revenue a year. Millions of animals and plants are traded every year threatening the survival of many endangered species. With more species on the brink of extinction, illegal profits surging and with no sign that the trade is slowing down, HKU School of Biological Sciences has adopted conservation forensics to provide authorities investigating illegal wildlife trafficking with accurate scientific data to use against traffickers.
Citizen Scientists Aid Global Forestry Research Effort
Such wide engagement of community stakeholders and the general public in scientific forest and climate change research has been an effective way to nurture their environmental stewardship.
Living Longer and Better
Recommendations based on two research projects by the Faculty of Architecture are contributing to the development and provision of housing for the elderly. The report, which won the Faculty Knowledge Exchange Award 2017 of the Faculty of Architecture, is already making an impact.
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.
A Light-Weight Achievement
It’s the same cost, same production line, but better performance. The goal is to develop lightweight automotive steel that has much better properties and is easy to use in industrial production.