Professor Christy Cheung, Professor of the Department of Finance and Decision Sciences, was awarded the honour of RGC Senior Research Fellow in 2020/21 by the Research Grants Council (RGC). Her research project on social media’s cybermobbing received a fellowship grant of around HK$7.8 million over a period of 60 months.
The RGC Senior Research Fellow Scheme honours academics from universities funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC) for their distinguished research achievements and significant contributions to the higher education sector.
Leveraging on her research team’s expertise in scenario-based research, fake news detection and social media analytics, Professor Cheung has proposed the socio-technical perspective to study the collective nature and mechanism of cybermobbing on social media, and evaluate technology-based prevention and intervention strategies. As this is a nascent field internationally, the results from the project will pioneer scientific inquiries in the largely uncharted research territories with far-reaching impacts.
Six other HKBU researchers were also recognised by various UGC and RGC funding schemes:
Awardees of RGC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme
Dr Kang Weirong, School of Chinese Medicine
Dr Rashmi Supriya, Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health
Dr Zhu Yujiao, Department of Chemistry
Awardees of UGC’s Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme
Professor John Erni, Department of Humanities and Creative Writing
Dr Kenny Ng, Academy of Film
Awardees of UGC’s Early Career Scheme
Dr Huang Xin, Department of Computer Science
Presentation ceremony for the awards above were held on 24 November 2020.