A De Montfort University business student has won a £1,000 bursary to study Hong Kong’s housing crisis.
Alex Gardner is working with the university’s acclaimed Centre for Comparative Housing Research (CCHR) on the project.
He aims to interview people affected by the housing problems in the city, which has 7.1million residents and a major accommodation issue.
Alex explained: “It is a huge problem in Hong Kong. There are simply not enough homes for people. Most people rent over there but the rents have risen dramatically in the past few years.
“House prices are among the highest in the world and the Government faces massive waiting lists of people needing accommodation.”
Alex joined CCHR as the group’s Frontrunner and will be working on the project until March. It involves a literature study and interviews. His work will be published in an anthology during the summer.
The bursary was awarded under the Asset Skills Student Ambassador Project, which funds projects which will “significantly contribute to the development of knowledge and understanding in the sector”. It was one of only 50 awarded in the UK.
“I’m very pleased to have been awarded the bursary,” said Alex, who is a business studies student. “I’m hoping to visit Hong Kong to see for myself the situation and this will go towards that.”
The project is being supervised by Jo Richardson. She said: “Alex is a really hard working business student here at DMU and we're really pleased to have him in a frontrunner role at CCHR until March. I'm thrilled that he has been successful in this Asset Skills Student Ambassador bursary award.”
Posted on Friday 3rd January 2014