Social Infrastructure for Equity and Wellbeing (SIEW) Lab

A research team within Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong



Education, healthcare, social security and housing are the four pillars of the welfare state. In China, the equalisation and optimisation of social infrastructure across regions, cities and urban neighbourhoods, has become the next foremost task in tackling the problems of inequalities and uneven development that have accompanied the decades of rapid growth in the post-reform era.

The SIEW lab brings together multi-disciplinary researchers from Europe, US, Australia, Japan, and China. Their shared interest is in probing the long-lasting and deep-seated problems of growth and inequality in three major types of urban social infrastructure, namely housing, healthcare, and education, with an ultimate interest in improving opportunity, equity and wellbeing among urban citizens. 

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Latest Publications

The rise of education-featured gated communities in Chinese cities: (Re)producing the enterprising self via the entrepreneurial local state–capital nexus

在城市化进程中,教育、住房和社区变化之间的联系得到了加强和深化。由于优质教育资源的稀缺,教育特色门禁社区给学龄儿童家庭提供了进入社区内或附近的 K-12 学校的独家通道,以此吸引对优质资源有较强偏好的购房者。与传统的以教育为主导的绅士化或学生化不同,教育特色门禁社区将教育变成了一种半俱乐部商品,提供量身定制的服务和高质量的住房。通过对广州(教育特色门禁社区的发源地)的个案研究,作者检验地方政府、开发商和中产阶级家庭是如何塑造和再开发教育特色门禁社区。

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