About CGC

The Centre for Governance and Citizenship (CGC) is an Institute-level research centre of the Hong Kong Institute of Education. The Centre is committed to conducting interdisciplinary scholarly research and facilitating public discourse on governance issues and citizenship studies, including citizenship education. It is dedicated to creating an active research platform whereby the themes of Governance and Citizenship can be brought together within an interactive and mutually reinforcing framework to pioneer a new research agenda that contributes towards theory building in "Governance and Citizenship" as a holistic concept.

In December 2008, Dr Tam Wah Ching has generously donated HK$2.5 million to the Hong Kong Institute of Education in the form of  "Wah Ching Education and Research Development Fund", to support activities of the Centre.

The Centre promotes interdisciplinary dialogue; facilitates intellectual debate and public discourse; and builds regional and international research networks. It aims to contribute towards quality academic output, to be disseminated both locally and internationally, via academic and curriculum publications, as well as the public media. Its research outputs help to inform curriculum and pedagogy design and thus learning improvements in schools. The Centre is active in developing partnership with other research bodies, the education community, and civil society organizations.

Call for Post-Doctoral Proposals
The Centre for Citizenship and Governance  welcomes Post-Doctoral Fellowship proposals! Send in your research/writing plan along with the application form,
closing date is 14 March 2014 (Friday, Hong Kong Time) The appointment will be for a period of 18 months. Application form is available at http://www.ied.edu.hk/hro/appfm10b.doc

Details of the position is available here

Recent Events


The Centre for Citizenship and Governance, in association with the Institute's UNESCO Chair, has been asked to provide advice on the reform of education legislation in Mynamar in line with the country's transition to democracy. Professor Kerry Kennedy. Director of CGC, recently joined a UNESCO team on a fact finding mission to  Myanmar to consult with members of the Comprehensive Education Sector Reform Team,  government representatives  and public servants, civil society groups and other donor agencies working in Yangon. He made an assessment of the current state of education legislation, reform directions to be encompassed by new legislation, and the ways in which Myanmar might benchmark its legislation with its ASEAN partners. 

A report of the first mission to Myanmar can be found here.

Professor Kennedy has made his second trip to Myanmar in October 2013 to consult formally with groups on proposals for a new legislative framework. During the meeting with a wide range of stakeholders in the education sector, he emphasized that“Reviewing legal arrangements for education moves Myanmar one step closer to establishing the rule of law as a guiding principle in the political system. This, I think, accounted for the very high level of stakeholder engagement in discussions related to a new national education law.” Participants at the meeting further discussed on what elements need to be present in a new law to ensure fair and equitable access to high quality education for all young people. Report of this second mission can be found at the UNESCO webpage here.


Recent Publications

Professor Kerry Kennedy, Dr  Gregory Fairbrother and Dr Zhenzhou Zhao co-edited Citizenship Education in China: Preparing Citizens for the "Chinese Century", published by Routledge in August 2013, 240pp.


Call for Book Proposals

New Book Series on Governance and Citizenship in Asia

(CGC, HKIEd and Springer)


This series explores how citizenship is shaped by social, political, cultural and historical contexts and how it may be moulded to serve the nation state in the age of globalization. In these publications we see how governance relates to all aspects of civic life, including politics, public policy, administration, civil society and the economy, as well as the core values of society. Titles cover themes including public trust and trust building, the role of civil society, citizens' rights and obligations, citizenship identities including those related to gender, class and ethnicities. Authors explore how young people are shaped by democratic and traditional value systems and the importance of citizenship challenges in Asia Pacific region. Research collaborations in this interdisciplinary series probe questions such as: What are the links between 'good governance' and new forms of citizenship? What is the role of citizenship education as a tool in state formation and the development of active citizenship cultures? How do we explain the distinctive features of governance and citizenship in Asian societies? Through these publications we see that citizenship is an integral part of 'good governance' and that governance ultimately enriches citizenship. Scholarly investigation and academic dialogue in this series describe the interdependence and mutuality of governance and citizenship.


Refer to more details in official page in Springer.com here.

Download the Call for Book Proposal Flyer here.



We look forward to receiving your book proposal. Please contact the Series Editors via email to:

Professor Kerry J Kennedy at kerryk@ied.edu.hk

Professor Sonny Lo at sonny@ied.edu.hk

Dr Leung Yan Wing at ywleung@ied.edu.hk