About

The Symposium is an open-invitation event for all social science PhD students at any stage. Every year about 25 PhD students will be recruited from the Hong Kong Baptist University, University of Chicago, Seoul National University, the University of British Columbia, and the Nanyang Technological University.

Building upon existing collaboration between The University of Chicago, Hong Kong Baptist University, The University of Michigan, Seoul National University,  The University of British Columbia, and the Nanyang Technological University. The Annual International Doctoral Student Think Tank Symposium aims to:

  • Assemble the PhD students from high-ranking universities every year to build synergy and research ideas on addressing global issues;
  • Develop a platform and network advancing students’ professional development and fostering future research collaboration.

The Symposium is an open-invitation event for all social science PhD students at any stage. Every year about 25 PhD students will be recruited.

The Symposium will be a valuable and stimulating experience for academic exchange with students having different research interests and backgrounds.

Quality papers will be selected to run for an annual best paper award, and we will seek publication outlets in internationally high-impact academic journals.

Collaboration between

organizing panel

The Symposium will be led by an organizing panel of international experts:
Daniel W. L. LAI, Prof

Prof. Daniel W. L. LAI

Chair Professor in Social Sciences, Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University

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Dr. Kaxton Y SIU

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University

Robert Chaskin, PhD

Prof. Robert Chaskin

McCormick Foundation Professor
Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
The University of Chicago

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Prof. Joan Paek Yoo

Professor and Head of Department
Department of Social Welfare
The Seoul National University

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Prof. Bong Joo Lee

Professor
Department of Social Welfare
The Seoul National University

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Prof. Lea Caragata

Associate Professor and Chair of PhD Program
School of Social Work
University of British Columbia

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Prof. Kathleen Cagney

Director, Institute for Social Research
Professor, Department of Sociology
The University of Michigan

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Prof. Yohanes Eko Riyanto

Chair, School of Social Sciences
Professor, School of Social Sciences
The Nanyang Technological University

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Prof. Laavanya Kathiravelu

Associate Chair (Graduate and Continuing Education)
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences
The Nanyang Technological University

Advisory Board

Apart from the organizing panel, an International Advisory Board will be established to provide advice and support to the governance and development of Symposium. The Board will be composed of leading figures from the global research community and senior policy advisors with expertise on various social problems, policies and practices.

International Advisory Board

Research Excellence

focusing on five research areas

The Symposium will be a valuable and stimulating experience for academic exchange with students having different research interests and backgrounds.
Quality papers will be selected to run for an annual best paper award, and we will seek publication outlets in internationally high-impact academic journals.Beyond presenting their findings, the PhD students will engage in field visits guided by various agencies of social welfare, community services, and government departments.

January 8 - 12, 2024

Doctoral Symposium:Global Perspectives on Social Problems, Policy, and Practice

This doctoral symposium will provide the opportunity for selected doctoral students from five universities—The University of Chicago, Hong Kong Baptist University, The University of Michigan, Seoul National University, and The University of British Columbia—to present their work and engage in scholarly exchange and networking with their counterparts around the world.

Up to four doctoral students from each university will be selected based on the quality of the proposal and its fit with other submissions. The symposium will include site visits to local communities experiencing, and organizations addressing, relevant contemporary social problems.