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Plenary Panelist

Tat Lam

Founder & CEO

Shanzhai City, China


Dr. Tat Lam founded Shanzhai City after dedicating over a decade of working in urban, informal, and village developments throughout China, identifying the need for the creation of a social development agency that addresses both market and policy failures in a rapidly developing country. An insightful expert in China’s developmental issues, Tat directed an urban development think tank in China (URB), consulting private and government entities on large-scale developmental projects,, with clients such as China government entities, urban planning commission in many cities, Vanke Group, Poly Real Estate Development, and grassroots underserved communities in both rural and urban China. 

Dr. Tat Lam developed anthropological research methods for socio-spatial design during his doctoral degree at The UCL (London) from which was applied towards his consultancy practice in China. As lead research scholar and founder at China Megacities Lab at Columbia University since 2007 and faculty member of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dr. Tat Lam is intimately involved with international academic resources. Most recently Dr. Lam was executive curator of the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in 2013.


Plenary II
@ June 28, 11:00 - 12:30

The Ethics and Politics of Technology for Human Service Workers

The global definition of social work states that social workers and their agencies “promote social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people.” And that “principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work.” How then does human service technology, and the rapidly accelerating diffusion of technology in everyday life impact upon that mission? How can we harness technology for social good and minimise the impact of the negative social outcomes that technology can visit upon us, our organisations and the people who use our services? This talk will reflect on the questions above, identify some hotly debated ethical issues and discuss the value of slow ethical reflection on emerging socio-technical issues.

The impact of technology on human services is a timely and important topic. The presentation addresses ethics and politics of technology and draw our attention to its implication to human services. 




Moderator: Prof. Petrus Yat-Nam NG
Professor and Head, Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University