Professor John Bacon-Shone
Director, Social Sciences Research Centre, Faculty of Social Sciences
The University of Hong Kong
Professor John Bacon-Shone has taught at The University of Hong Kong for more than 35 years and has been Director of the Social Sciences Research Centre since 1990. He is an applied statistician and was the Dean of Social Sciences from 1990-1996 and is currently Associate Dean (Knowledge Exchange). From 1998-2001 he was seconded to the Central Policy Unit, the HKSARG internal think tank, where he worked on a range of policy issues including population, gambling, environment, public opinion and technology. From 1990 to 2006, he was a member and then chairman of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission Sub-committee on Privacy that recommended the enactment of the Personal Data Protection Ordinance.
From 2009 onwards, he has chaired the Human Research Ethics Committee and has been Associate Director of the Knowledge Exchange Office at the University of Hong Kong, where he has been responsible for developing and implementing the university strategy for knowledge exchange in non-tech disciplines.
His research interests including statistical computing, survey methodology, compositional data, biostatistics, gambling, data archiving, privacy, sociolinguistics and policy research and he was responsible for introducing Computer-Aided Telephone Interviewing to Hong Kong.