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Dr Grace B.K. Seo
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Dr Grace SEO

Assistant Professor


Dr Grace Seo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences and the director of the Centre for Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prior to joining APSS in 2018, she worked as a Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore and The University of Hong Kong. Her research areas focus on housing in ageing society, housing and well-being, and affordable housing policy in East Asia.

As a registered town planner in the Netherlands, Dr Seo has also researched on various issues related to urban planning and urban policy governance. Her research papers have been published in various renowned journals, such as Cities, Housing Studies, Public Health Nutrition, Journal of Applied Gerontology, and Health & Social Care in the Community. Her postgraduate studies were supported by the Graduate Study Abroad Scholarship of the Korean Government and the Hong Kong Government Scholarship. Currently, she is conducting research projects on the impact of housing disadvantage on health and the nonprofit housing governance in Hong Kong and South Korea. She also serves the editorial board of the Youth Facility & Environment Journal.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong
  • M.Sc. Department of Urbanism, Delft University of Technology
  • B.Sc. Department of Architectural Engineering, Kyungpook National University

Professional Qualifications

Registered Town Planner, the Netherlands

Research Interests

  • Housing in the ageing society
  • Housing and health
  • Affordable housing policy
  • Nonprofit housing
  • Urban policy and governance

Grants (selected)

General Research Fund (PI), Research Grant Council, 2023-2025 “The Role of Housing in the Effects of Poverty on Health in Hong Kong: A Mixed Methods Study”

Public Policy Research Fund (PI), Research Grant Council, 2023-2024 “Housing and Early Childhood Growth and Development in Hong Kong’s Low-income Families”

Departmental Learning & Teaching Grant (PI), Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2023 “Learning Needs Assessment for Integrating Housing Domain into Social Work Education”

Departmental General Research Fund (PI), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2021-2022“Housing and health among marginalized groups in Hong Kong: An exploratory study”

Start-up Grant (PI), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2019-2021“From welfare state to local governance: Conceptualisation and contextualisation of the global changes in housing policy”

IEMS Research Grants 2022 (Co-I), The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2022-2023"Growth and development of children living in subdivided units in Hong Kong"


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