David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI) is a consortium of 28 universities from North America, Europe and Asia. The Institute, with Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU or the University) as the host institution and base, was established in 1993 with the aim to foster inter-disciplinary social science and humanities research and cultivate collaborative scholarship between the East and the West. LEWI is named after Dr. David C. Lam, former Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, Canada, who helped raise the funds for the construction of the David C. Lam Building, where the Institute is housed. His father, Dr. Lam Tsz Fung, being the founding President of Hong Kong Baptist College (now University), was instrumental in laying down the foundations on which subsequent development of HKBU was based.
LEWI organizes its research around three working groups, namely, urbanization and mobility working group, cross-cultural studies working group, and environment, health and sustainability working group. Each working group comprises a convenor and group members appointed by the Director of LEWI. Group members, together with full-time research staff appointed by the Institute, conduct research in conjunction with the group’s research agenda. which are Urbanization and Mobility Working Group includes Race and the cultural politics of belonging: African diaspora communities in Guangzhou, Spatial evolution of urban villages in Shenzhen, Land and housing policies in post-handover Hong Kong, Residential inequalities in urban China under spatial restructuring.
Cross-Cultural Studies Working includes The Catholic church in China, 1978 to the present, The Glocalization of the Catholic Church in the context of higher education in China, The annotation question of the Chinese Protestant Bible, 1877-1917, National history inside out: The importance of China and Vietnam for the radicalization of Sweden.
Environment, Health and Sustainability Working Group includes Predicting healthy eating behavior among adolescents using the theory of planned behavior, Live to contend: The emergence and development of the health rights defence movement in contemporary China, Perceptions and acceptability of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among Hong Kong women and mothers, Burnouts among communication professionals in Hong Kong and Austria, Social inclusion and health conditions among mental health services users, Perception of acupuncture among users and non-users, Reporting of acupuncture in Hong Kong newspapers