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.


News and Upcoming Events 

  • Conference Event
       29 January 2015 (Thursday), 14:00-16:00
Connie Fan Multi-media Conference Room,
Floor 4, Cheng Yick-Chi Building, City University of Hong Kong

Roundtable on “Managing Regional Economic Integration: Economic and Political Security in APEC”




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