Civic Exchange – Associate Researcher

About Civic Exchange

Established in 2000, Civic Exchange is an independent, Hong Kong-based think tank that conducts research on environmental issues with the objective of advancing civic education and engaging society to help shape public policy. Civic Exchange has been ranked among the top 50 environmental policy think tanks in the world by the University of Pennsylvania since 2011. Issues covered by Civic Exchange vary over time but have included:

  • Air quality and its health impacts
  • Climate change and carbon reduction
  • Governance
  • Nature conservation and biodiversity
  • Transport and mobility
  • Urban planning and walkability
  • Waste reduction
  • Water security
  • Wellbeing and social issues

Civic Exchange’s work revolves around making sense of complex issues and find better solutions to challenges we face in Hong Kong and regionally. Our research helps reframe policy debate by giving policymakers the tools and information they need to make good decisions. While much of our effort is on original research, we also synthesise the work of others globally, looking for ideas that may be adapted for local and regional conditions. We integrate stakeholder-learning as well as consensus-building as part of our thinking, research and dialogue process. We also look to partner widely with other organisations that share our perspective and can help take forward our research and ideas.


Roles and responsibilities of the position

Water Conservation Plan and other projects

  • Works with team to develop in-depth research and analysis, and the resulting policy recommendations as well as engagement strategies
  • Organises and manages workshops, focus groups and public/government engagement activities
  • Coordinates project partners to ensure timely delivery of projects
  • Coordinates among members on advisory and technical boards


  • Supports in engagement with the government, business, research and NGO partners
  • Contributes to new proposals and writes grant applications
  • Contributes to policy submissions to government consultations


Requirements of the candidate

  • Master’s degree in environmental science and management, environmental economics, sustainable development, public policy or related disciplines
  • At least 5 years’ solid experience in policy research, project management and policy recommendations development in the environmental field
  • Experience in market research is preferable
  • Strong passion in environmental research
  • Strong writing and organisational skills
  • Able to communicate relevant research to the general public
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop partnerships is a must
  • Creative and able to inspire and lead a team
  • Fluent in Cantonese and English in terms of both writing and verbal communications
  • Team player who can be assertive to achieve results, hard-working and self-motivated


Application procedures

Interested candidate should send the following documents to [email protected]:

  • A cover letter highlighting the candidate’s strengths and with an explanation of his or her relevant experience and expertise
  • Full resume with current and expected salary
  • Two relevant writing samples
  • Details of two people who are willing to act as a referee. We will not contact these referees without your express permission. Please note that reference checks may be conducted prior to face-to-face interviews.


Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be notified. All personal data collected will be treated with strict confidence and used for recruitment purpose only. Civic Exchange is an equal opportunities employer.