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Land and Housing Controversies in Hong Kong

This book discusses land and housing controversies in Hong Kong, which offer a point of reference for the comparison and analysis of similar or contrasting cases overseas from the perspective of social values. It enhances readers’ understanding of the social values, philosophical and theoretical issues that underpin land and housing controversies, as well as their policy implications. The discussion in each chapter goes beyond mere substantive and contextual analysis, and is explicitly positioned and theorized within the broader context of social values, with a theoretical and philosophical framework for assessing the issue concerned. The book is interdisciplinary in nature, with each chapter integrating two or more disciplines to examine various controversial land and housing issues.

Betty Yung is a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong. Holding a PhD from the University of Bristol, her research is chiefly interdisciplinary, combining Philosophy, Public Policy and Housing Studies to examine ‘justice in Hong Kong housing policy’. She has worked at several universities in Hong Kong, including the University of Hong Kong, the Education University of Hong Kong, and the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong. Besides working in academia, she has served as a Senior Researcher at the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong SAR government, thus allowing her to add a practical dimension of ‘politics and public policy at work’ in her research and teaching. She authored the book Hong Kong’s Housing Policy: A Case Study in Social Justice and co-edited the book Ethical Dilemmas in Public Policy. She has also authored or co-authored numerous articles published in international journals. Her research interests include Applications of Philosophy to Public Policy, Housing Studies, Urban Studies and Hong Kong Studies.

Kam-por Yu is currently an Honorary Fellow of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has previously served as Director of the General Education Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University; as an Associate Professor at the Department of Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong; and as a Research Fellow at the University of Hong Kong, Harvard School of Public Health, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities of the University of Edinburgh, and Center for European Integration Studies of Bonn University, Germany. His recent publications include Taking Confucian Ethics Seriously (2010) and Ethical Dilemmas in Public Policy (2016); as well as numerous papers in journals such as Philosophy East and West, and Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, and in books released by academic publishers, including Oxford and Cambridge.