Book Club: Snoops' Tales of War
Book Club: Snoops' Tales of War

Required Reading: The Man Who Never Was (1953)

We are in Hong Kong, and we probably feel a relative sense of peace. Our minds are too far removed from World War II (1938-1945). But not too far away, ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ wars are being waged, world leaders continue bickering, compromising, pushing, and pulling. If we get into the world of “The Man Who Never Was”, a European summer of 1943, and rambling to Lung Fu Shan, a part of the Hong Kong’s World War II defences, maybe we can find something new in this combination. 
Host:Prof. Maria Francesch (Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, HKU)
Dates4/2, 11/2, 18/2 & 25/2/2023 (Sat)
Time:15:00 – 18:00
Venue:GE Gatherland 221 (MB 221, 2/F, Main Building) & Lung Fu Shan Country Park
Fee:$150 (Enrolled students will receive the book The Man Who Never Was. A deposit of $100 will be refunded upon full attendance.)
Registration starts on 19/1/2023 (Thu) 10:00: 

Date Time Venue
04 Feb 2023 15:00 - 18:00 GE Gatherland 221 (MB 221, 2/F, Main Building)
11 Feb 2023 15:00 - 18:00 GE Gatherland 221 (MB 221, 2/F, Main Building)
18 Feb 2023 15:00 - 18:00 GE Gatherland 221 (MB 221, 2/F, Main Building) & Lung Fu Sha
25 Feb 2023 15:00 - 18:00 GE Gatherland 221 (MB 221, 2/F, Main Building) & Lung Fu Sha
Bio of Instructor(s) 導師簡介:
MariaProf. Maria Francesch-Huidobro; PhD, MPA, (HK)

Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong

Prof. Francesch-Huidobro is a political scientist with over twenty-five years of academic and professional experience in public policy and environmental, sustainability, climate change and energy security policy analysis. She has undertaken consultancy (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Civic Exchange, Carbon Care Asia, etc) and was professor of political science and public administration at the University of Hong Kong (2005-2008), City University of Hong Kong (2009-2016), and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2019-present). She holds a BSc and MSc in Microbiology (Madrid), a master’s in Public Administration (MPA- HKU), and a PhD in Political Science and Public Administration (HKU).
Her work revolves around the processes by which Asian polities manage institutional and policy changes when confronted with new environmental demands, be they geopolitical, socio-economic or technical. Her analysis firmly relies on stakeholders’ engagement as a way to ascertain the pros and cons of the policy solutions proposed. She has led numerous publicly and privately funded projects which have resulted, among others, in strategies for carbon reduction implementation and assessment models and enabling low carbon living at district level. Recent projects include studies on the role of cities in climate diplomacy, on low carbon transitions in isolated electricity supply systems in Southeast Asia, and on carbon pricing policies. She is author of Governance, Politics and the Environment: a Singapore Study (ISEAS 2008), and co-author of Governing Climate Change in Chinese Cities (Routledge 2015). Her work on climate adaptation governance in delta cities has been cited by the IPCC Special Report on 1.5C (2018).