China is facing rapid social development and globalization (akin to the Belt and Road Initiative), so it is appropriate to examine the social mentality of China in transition. This is an interdisciplinary social science research program on the emergent Chinese mentality and social preferences, for instance, the social psychological dynamics of happiness, social trust, and distributive justice in transitional China. The program leverages both the ongoing collaboration with social psychologists at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and the strategic partnership with an online survey and AI company. Ongoing projects use incentivized behavioral games to measure social preferences such as aversion to distributive inequality, pollution, and corruption, on a large pool of participants with wide geographical coverage in Mainland China.

  • Prof. Tony H. W. Tam
  • Prof. Bo Huang
  • Prof. Ying-yi Hong
  • Prof. Jing Song
  • Prof. Seanon Wong

External Collaborators
  • Dr Junxiu Wang (CASS, China)
  • Dr Jacqueline Chen (South China Agricultural University, China)
  • Dr Yen-Sheng Chiang (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
  • Dr King-king Li (The City University of Hong Kong)
  • Dr Xuyun Tan (CASS, China)