Deborah Talbot is a freelance journalist who writes about business, transport, sustainability, urbanism and culture/design. She has written several books on cities and society, including the latest, Who the Hell is Jane Jacobs, published in 2019. She is a contributor to Forbes on urban and rural development.
Nurturing a community of practical, innovation-oriented academics can help education institutions achieve both prestige and social impact – and in east Asia, a new generation of ‘pracademics’ is rising to the challenge.
There is no shortage of social innovation programmes in Hong Kong’s universities, but new research shows that scholars need to engage in more practical activity and collaborations outside academia to really tackle the territory’s social challenges.