College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research Centres


Centre for Communication Research

The Centre for Communication Research explores cutting-edge issues facing communication under the forces of technological convergence and media globalization in the Asian context, and seeks to establish CityU as an internationally and regionally recognized centre for such research. The overall research theme is “Communication, Media, Technology, and Discourse: Re-orienting Asia in a Global Context,” focusing on media studies.

Centre for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy

The primary aim of the Centre for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) is to promote and enhance the study of East Asian and Comparative Philosophy. Toward that end the centre brings together core faculty members within the Department of Public Policy, who all have active research programs in East Asian and Comparative Ethics, Political Philosophy, Law, Religion, and Bio-ethics. In addition, we invite scholars outside of City University, from Hong Kong, East Asia, and around the world, with similar interests to campus in order to share their research and exchange ideas. The centre hosts or supports several major research projects and actively seeks additional projects and funding to continue to build and expand its ability to serve as a leading institution producing and supporting research in East Asian and Comparative Philosophy.

Southeast Asia Research Centre

The Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC) was established in 2000. It is the only such centre in Hong Kong that is dedicated exclusively to the study of contemporary Southeast Asia. Historically, SEARC has focused on investment patterns, labour relations, migration, gender, and religious issues that have involved Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. The large community of ethnic Chinese in the Southeast Asian setting has received particular attention. More recently, SEARC has added a theoretical agenda to its traditional concerns with applied research, addressing questions about comparative political change, political economy, and regionalism. Its aim is to generate world-class research and publications that will contribute to CityU’s growing international reputation as an institution of academic excellence.

The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies

The Halliday Centre bears the name of a world-renowned linguist, Professor M A K Halliday. Professor Halliday’s theoretical approach, Systemic Functional Linguistics, focuses on modelling meaning and emphasizes social accountability by applying linguistic insight in such areas as education, computer science and policy making. The centre aims to expand opportunities for collaboration with global partners in China, Australia, Europe, Japan and North America, concentrating on research related to corpus linguistics, computational linguistics and comparative language studies.