Civic Exchange – Research Assistant (1-year contract)

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

 Research on street performance policy in Hong Kong

  • Conducting desktop and primary research, on local and overseas case studies
  • Local and international stakeholder outreach
  • Assisting in developing semi-structured and structured interview guides, conducting interviews, and performing qualitative analysis of interview data
  • Performing various administrative duties to recruit and liaise with stakeholders, arrange interviews, organise and transcribe collected data, and other tasks as assigned by the Principal Investigator


Requirements of the candidate

  • Holder of a Master’s degree, or a Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of experience, in social science fields such as urban planning, urban studies, geography, political science, sociology or related disciplines
  • Experience in conducting interviews and carrying out qualitative research is necessary; background in journalism may also be considered
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop partnerships are a must
  • Fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English in both writing and verbal communications.  Other foreign language skills an advantage
  • Strong passion for social research
  • Clear and concise writing skills
  • 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.