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Kam Fai Chan

Kam Fai Chan

Lecturer, Teaching Fellow

  • V802c
  • +852 2766 5453
  • Expertise: Social Design; Community Design Research; Design and Cultural Theories


Kam-Fai Chan teaches Social Design in PolyU. He is interested in community-driven and trans-disciplinary design research, multiscalar and multispecies design strategy, and contemporary discourses of media, art and socio-technical change. 

He has been involved in several local cultural projects, including Mundi (since 2017), aiming at alternative knowledge production in the East-Asian context; Omnia Omnibus (since 2016), publishing and organizing public seminars on contemporary biopolitics of care; and the Ackbar Abbas translation project (since 2018). 

He also collaborates with Dr Markus Wernli on Soil Trust (since 2021), an agroecological social design project on regenerative farming and soil care; and with other local NGOs for other community initiatives. Before teaching Social Design, he worked in the field of multimedia production, and taught Media and Cultural Studies in the HKU SPACE Community College and Art and Design Education in PolyU Design. 

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • MA in Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong
  • BSSc in Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Teaching Area

  • Social Design 
  • Community Design
  • Design Research
  • Service and Experience Design
  • Design and Cultural Theories


Research Outputs

Chan, K. F. Mundi: Articulating a post-Umbrella common(s). Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 19(3), 339-454. 




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