About IEMS


HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies (IEMS) provides thought leadership on issues facing businesses and policymakers in emerging markets. Building on the research strengths of the faculty at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Institute focuses its research and activities on the themes of (1) human capital, employment, and structural change; (2) innovation and entrepreneurship; (3) global economic integration; (4) financial development; (5) strategies, firms, and markets; (6) behavioural studies, the Belt and Road Initiative and the Greater Bay Area.

The Institute supports world-class faculty research by providing funding, developing collaboration with research partners worldwide, and disseminating evidence-based insights to the academic and public policy communities through events, publications and online channels. 


Research Themes

We focus our activities on key thematic issues that are important for emerging markets and build on the research strengths of HKUST faculty. These themes include the following:

  1. Human capital, employment and structural change
  2. Innovation and entrepreneurship 
  3. Global economic integration 
  4. Financial development 
  5. Firms, strategies and markets  
  6. Behavioral Studies  

Organization and Directorate

Bi-annual Report 2013-2015

Bi-annual Report 2015-2017

Bi-annual Report 2017-2019

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