Two CUHK Business School Scholars Named RGC Research Fellows

Two scholars from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School have recently received awards under the 2023-24 Research Grants Council (RGC) Research Fellow Scheme (RFS) and Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme (PDFS) respectively. The schemes aim to provide support for exceptionally outstanding and promising researchers at UGC-funded universities in Hong Kong, facilitating their full dedication to research.

RGC Research Fellow Scheme awardee: Prof. Zhenyu Gao

Prof. Zhenyu Gao, Associate Professor of the Department of Finance, is among the four CUHK scholars who have received this accolade. Each awardee will be given the title “RGC Research Fellow” and a fellowship grant of about HK$5.2 million over a period of 60 months to support his/her research project.

Prof. Gao’s award-winning research project, “In Response to Climate Change: Beliefs and Actions of Governments, Individuals, Institutions, and Corporations”, examines how the four economic units respond to the urgent global challenge of climate change. His research findings will shed light on sustainable investing and how institutional and individual investors can formulate suitable strategies and portfolios to contribute to a low-carbon economy.

Reflecting on his achievements, Prof. Gao recognises the importance of exploring intriguing and significant questions in his ongoing quest as a researcher. He also expresses his gratitude for the generous support from the grantor, the Department of Finance and CUHK Business School. Working closely with this colleagues and co-authors, he looks forward to contributing to the emerging field of climate finance and economics.

RGC Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme awardee: Dr. Andrea Matos

Dr. Andrea Matos, a postdoctoral fellow under the guidance of Prof. Ying-yi Hong, has been selected as one of the 50 recipients of RGC Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2023-24. Each awardee will be funded for a 36-month full-time appointment as a postdoctoral fellow.

Dr. Matos’ research project focuses on exploring the complexities of multiple intersecting cultural identities in Hong Kong and intergroup dynamics in the Hong Kong-China context. Through the lens of social psychology, her work will provide valuable insights in fostering harmonious cultural exchanges and promoting collaboration among diverse communities in business.

As an aspiring researcher, Dr. Matos believes that openness to new ideas, interdisciplinary collaboration and continuous learning are vital in the field of research. She expresses deep gratitude to her supervisor, Prof. Ying-yi Hong, for her support, as well as the members of their research lab for their valuable feedback and inspiring discussions.