The Institute is one of the independent research units at The University of Hong Kong. Administratively it reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. The Director consults the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) on major development issues of the Institute.


At the core of the Institute’s governance is an Executive Committee. Members are senior academics and professionals positioned in Hong Kong, China and overseas. It meets bi-annually to review the mission of the Institute, endorse program proposals and budgets, and discuss its institutional development. Current members are as follows:

Helen F. Siu (Chair)Professor of Anthropology, Yale University
Ellen HertzProfessor of Anthropology, University of Neuchâtel
Jan KielyProfessor and Associate Director, Centre for China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
James K. S. KungSein and Isaac Souede Professor in Economic History, Faculty of Business and Economics and Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
Angela Ki Che LeungDirector and Chair Professor of History, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Joseph Needham-Philip Mao Professor in Chinese History, Science and Civilization, The University of Hong Kong
York LiaoFormer Executive Director of Varitronix
Former Chairman of the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation
Andy Hor
Vice-President and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), The University of Hong Kong
Zhang JishunProfessor, Si-mian Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities, East China Normal University

An Advisory Board whose members are drawn from disciplines and institutions around the globe offers another valuable layer of experience and exposure. The Institute consults individual advisors on programs development related to their expertise. Current members of the Advisory Committee are as follows:

Francesca BrayProfessor Emerita of Social Anthropology, The University of Edinburgh
Ching May BoProfessor of History, The City University of Hong Kong
Paul CohenExecutive Committee Member and Associate of Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
Andrew KipnisProfessor, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dorothy KoProfessor of History, Barnard College, Columbia University
Timothy S. OakesProfessor of Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder
James ScottSterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology, Yale University
Elizabeth SinnHonorary Professor, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
Kalyanakrishnan SivaramakrishnanDinakar Singh Professor of India & South Asia Studies, Anthropology, Yale University
Xiang BiaoProfessor of Social Anthropology, Oxford University