Research Themes (2023-2027)

Intergenerational Research on Well-Being & Quality of Life

Intergenerational research refers to the study of relationships, interactions, and transfers between different generations within families such as children, parents, and grandparents; in diverse communities such as urban vs rural regions; in different cultural contexts and societies; and in different cohorts and time span. Intergenerational research typically focuses on understanding how experiences, behaviours, or resources are transmitted from one generation to another and the potential consequences of these transfers. It also includes the study of family dynamics, social and cultural values, intergenerational knowledge and skills transfer, and impact of historical events on different generations. By investigating these topics, intergenerational research can provide valuable insights into ways in which different generations are interconnected and interdependent, and how these connections can influence individual and societal outcomes. It also sheds light on how societal changes impact well-being of different generations, and how individuals, families and communities can adapt to these changes. Furthermore, its findings have significant practical implications in informing the development of programmes, interventions, and policies that promote positive outcomes of individuals and families.

The research team will focus on intergenerational well-being and quality of life. It aims to identify patterns of continuity or change in beliefs, values, and various attributes across generations, as well as the mechanisms that facilitate or hinder their transmission in shaping well-being and quality of life of different generations.


 1.            Well-being by generations: To study patterns of continuity or change in well-being in different generations in Hong Kong and multi-regions by public data analyses, focus groups, interviews, and oral histories.

2.            Intergenerational solidarity and well-being: To explore factors relating to intergenerational solidarity (i.e., social bonds, support and mutual obligations that exist between different generations within family systems) and its influence on well-being, quality of life, healthy child development, and productive aging. This study also explores digital solidarity to understand how digital communication can enhance closeness and solidarity between/across generations and its impact on well-being. Surveys will be conducted with three-generation families in Hong Kong at multiple time intervals.

3.            Intergenerational thriving in life challenges: To explore factors relating to intergenerational resilience and caregiving across generations among vulnerable individuals/families with special needs.