An Update: Critical Zones: Gender, Cities, and Well-Being

Date:6 August 2021 (Friday)

Time: 3:00 – 3:45PM

Venue: via ZOOM

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Recipient of 2019 UGC Teaching Award (Teams)

Video on Teaching Philosophies

Leader of The Common Core@HKU: Transdisciplinarity-in-Action Team

Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren

Director of Common Core
The University of Hong Kong

Team Members

Dr Xiao Hu

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education
The University of Hong Kong

Professor Gina Marchetti

Professor, School of Humanities (Comparative Literature)
The University of Hong Kong

Mr Matthew Pryor

Associate Professor (Teaching) and Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), Faculty of Architecture
The University of Hong Kong

Dr Julian Tanner

Associate Professor and Associate Director (Teaching and Learning), School of Biomedical Sciences
Assistant Dean, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
The University of Hong Kong

Event Moderator

Dr Cecilia Chan

Assistant Director (Innovation and Support) of Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)
The University of Hong Kong


An Update: Critical Zones: Gender, Cities, and Well-Being

In this presentation Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, the Director of the Common Core at HKU, will review the progress of Critical Zones: Gender, Cities, and Well-Being, the UGC-supported project that grew out of the 2019 Outstanding Teaching Award (Teams) for Transdisciplinarity-in-Action, which included Xiao Hu (Digital Cultural Heritage and Social Data Science), Gina Marchetti (Film Studies and Comparative Literature), Mathew Pryor (Design-Thinking and Landscape Architecture), and Julian Tanner (Chemical Biology & Nucleic Acid Nanotechnology).

Organized around the UN SDGs of Good Health and Well-Being (#3), Gender Equality (#5), and Sustainable Cities and Communities (#11), Critical Zones—a term borrowed from Bruno Latour who, in turn, borrowed it from the Earth Sciences—focuses on constructing modest trajectories leading toward more flourishing futures. Engaging student peer mentors, transdisciplinary researchers, coursework, and community and global projects, Critical Zones is an attempt to contribute to local and planetary creativity.


This event is co-organized by HKTEA and Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), The University of Hong Kong.