Centre of Land Resource and Housing Policy

Neighbourhood preference 2015 survey

 1. Neighbourhood Satisfaction and Preference in Hong Kong

  • to study households' satisfaction with their neighbourhoods;
  • to study households' preferences for mixed neighbourhoods;
  • to identify the relationship between neighbourhoods satisfaction and mixed neighbourhoods.


Are people in Hong Kong satisfied with their neighbourhoods? We asked more than 150 households living in mixed neighbourhoods the question: Do you think your neighbourhood is a good place to live? They could choose an answer between Completely disagree (=1) and Completely agree (=5). We also asked them whether they liked to have different types of estates in their vicinity, and they also chose according to the same Likert Scale. You can see the results in the above figure.

The next step of this research is to identify behavioral, perceptional and socio-demographic variables which decided both neighbourhood satisfaction and mixed neighbourhood preferences. What causes someone to like their neighbourhood? Would this influence the way they perceive their mixed neighbourhood? Are mixed neighbourhoods improving people's satisfaction of their neighbourhood, or does it have a negative relationship?


2. Housing Policy

  • to study the Public Rental Housing programme of Hong Kong;
  • to study the institutional effects on ageing population trends;
  • to study housing policies of different countries for international comparison.



Based on a quantitative analysis of our empirical results, a strong positive correlation was found between public housing and elderly population in Hong Kong. The maps below show the proportion of elderly population in Hong Kong in 2006 and 2011 based on Hong Kong's Population Census report. These maps portray spatial trends of ageing in Hong Kong.

The next step of the research is to study the institutional effects on ageing and public housing in different countries. This international comparison, based on empirical results, could shed light on the importance of institutions and policies on the relationship between ageing and public housing.


       2006 aged people proportion with logos       2011 Aged people proportion-20 periods with logos

Figure: Elderly Proportion Maps based Hong Kong Population Census Report (2006 and 2011)


3. Agricultural Land Resource Circumstance 

  • to assess the types of ecosystem services provided by currently active agricultural land with different practices and to estimate the economic value of farming land ecosystem services;
  • to estimate ecosystem services potential value of revitalizing abandoned agricultural land.



  • Evaluation method: establish the suitable methods for evaluating the agricultural land ecosystem services in Hong Kong according to literature.
  • Geoinformation data: collect land use and agricultural land distribution geoinformation data in Hong Kong.
  • Fieldwork: try to classify current active farms according to practices and their ecological impact.

Photos of local farms:

Conventional farm in Ma Shi Chau village1     Conventional farm in Ma Shi Chau village2

Picture 1 Farmland in Hong Kong                                           Picture 2 Coexistence of farmland and urban community