Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor John Bacon-Shone
Professor John Bacon-Shone
BSc, MSc, PhD
Associate Dean (Knowledge Exchange)

Tel: (852) 3921 1600
Fax: (852) 2517 0806
Email: johnbs@hku.hk


Brief Biography

John Bacon-Shone is Associate Dean (Knowledge Exchange) of Social Sciences, Director of the Social Sciences Research Centre and Professor at The University of Hong Kong. Previously, he served two terms as elected Dean of Social Sciences and was a member of the Statistics Department in The University of Hong Kong. He is now responsible for all matters concerning knowledge exchange. John was educated at the University of Birmingham (PhD), University College London (MSc) and the University of Durham (BSc). He was headhunted to be a full-time Member of the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong SAR Government from 1998 to 2001. His current research interests encompass a wide range of topics including compositional data, gambling, immigration and population policy, privacy policy and telephone survey methodology.


1977-80 University of Birmingham, UK
PhD in Statistics

1976-77 University College London, UK
MSc in Statistics

1973-76 University of Durham, UK
BSc in Mathematics

Academic Career

2011-present The University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Social Sciences

Associate Dean (Knowledge Exchange)

1990-2011 The University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Social Sciences

Associate Dean (Research) (2005-11)
Dean of Social Sciences (1990-96)

1990-present The University of Hong Kong
Social Sciences Research Centre

Director (1990-present)

1998-2001 HKSAR Government
Central Policy Unit

Full-time Member

1979-93 The University of Hong Kong
Department of Statistics
Lecturer (1981-93)
Assistant Lecturer (1979-81)


John is an applied statistician with wide ranging methodological skills that he has applied to many research and policy questions during his 29 years in HKU. He designed the first computer-aided telephone interviewing system in Asia and currently has graduate students working on important issues in mobile phone survey methodology. He is Director of the Social Sciences Research Centre, which has built a reputation for high quality and innovative applied research for a wide range of government and NGO clients. He is currently chair of the Non-Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee of HKU.

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Updated: Sep 1, 2011


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