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Faculty members bring in their own research expertise as well as forming research teams among themselves, as well as collaborating with faculty members from other disciplines (e.g., psychology and social work). We conduct research in Hong Kong, as well as with special focus in China, East and Southeast Asia. Faculty members are active in securing competitive research grants, both externally and internally, including GRF, RGC-ESRC, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (Taiwan), and Sumitomo Foundation (Japan) grants. They also received research grant awarded by local NGOs, public organizations and INGOs.

The faculty member has regularly published in high-quality journals in the domains of Sociology and Anthropology (e.g., Sociological Quarterly; Journal of Contemporary Ethnography; Sociological Inquiry; Social Science Research; Social Indicators Research; International Journal of Intercultural Relations; Ethnic and Racial Studies); China and Asian Studies (e.g., The China Quarterly; Journal of Contemporary China; China Journal; China: An International Journal; Journal of Contemporary Asia; Modern Asian Studies; Pacific Affairs); Social Issues and Policies (e.g., British Journal of Industrial Relations; International Labour Review; Development and Change; Critical Social Policy; Social Policy & Administration; Journal of Social Service Research).


We also published books which have provided new insights in academic research, including Ethnicity in China: A Critical Introduction (Polity Press); Islam, Family Life, and Gender Inequality in Urban China (Routledge); The Challenge of Labour in China: strikes and the changing labour regime in global factories (Routledge); The Transition Study of Post-socialist China: An Ethnographic Study of a Model Community (World Scientific Pub.); Risk and Public Policy in East Asia ( Ashgate); and The New Middle Class in China, Consumption, Politics and The Market Economy (Palgrave Macmillan).

We place heavy emphasis on regional and international collaboration in research. We regularly organize international conferences to establish academic linkages with scholars in the globe. We have hosted academic visitors from different continents, to promote academic exchange and collaboration. We have also hosted international conferences regularly, such as, the International Conference on ‘Changing Labour Regulations in China: Practice and Changes’ (jointly organized with University of Manchester, 2011). The faculty members collaborate with INGOs, such as FNV (Netherlands) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) to conduct research.

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Our faculty members also served as Editor or Member of Editorial Board of academic journals, such as Sociological Focus; Journal of Comparative and International Social Policy; Journal of Comparative Asian Development. They also served as guest editor for a number of special issues in International Labour Review, Journal of Asian Public Policy, Social Policy and Society, Journal of International and Comparative Social Welfare; and Editor of two book series: Asian Labor and Welfare Policies (Palgrave Macmillan) and Routledge Studies on Ethnicity in Asia. We also serve the community by conducting consultancy researches for NGOs and government departments.

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Bachelor of Social Sciences in Applied Sociology
Master of Social Sciences in Applied Sociology