PROFESSOR JOHN BACON-SHONE, PhD
I am currently Director of the Social Sciences Research Centre, Associate Dean and Associate Director (Knowledge Exchange), The University of Hong Kong. I have worked for HKU for more than 35 years, including 3 years on secondment to the HK Government assisting with drafting of the Chief Executive’s annual Policy Address and writing speeches and policy documents on health care, migration, population growth, opinion polls, education and technology.
I have spent more than 25 years as Director of the Social Sciences Research Centre, developing our capability to provide contract research widely recognized to be of high quality, both inside and outside HKU. I was Dean of Social Sciences 1990 – 1996 and Associate Dean since 2005. Since 2002, I have been responsible for all quantitative research methods courses in the Graduate School, HKU. Since 2004, I have been responsible for knowledge exchange between HKU and the broader non-research community for the non-clinical faculties as well as drafting the strategy for the university. Since 2007, I have been responsible for human subjects research in HKU as chairman of the human research ethics committee. Since 2014, I have been the moving force in developing HKU’s policy and procedures for research data management.
My research interests include statistical computing, survey methodology, compositional data, biostatistics, gambling, data archiving, privacy, sociolinguistics and policy research and I was responsible for introducing Computer-Aided Telephone Interviewing to Hong Kong.