In August 2016, I joined the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, where I am now Programme Director of the MSocSci in Comparative Social Policy (International). I have recently joined Lingnan University’s Centre for Social Policy & Social Change.
My academic interest centres on comparative and international political economy with emphasis on the policies and politics of welfare state change in historical perspective. My research to date has discussed the notion of welfare productivism as conceptual backdrop for comparing recent social policy reforms in OECD/EU countries. Most recently, I have been involved in research examining the impact of family cash benefits and services on child well-being and discussing inequality in child well-being in OECD/EU countries. My current research programme adapts these different interests to the study of Greater China and East Asia.
Specifically in Hong Kong, my research spans across various social policy issues over the life course: I have examined the social gradient in multi-dimensional child well-being, the experiences of young people with changing school-to-work transitions, the effects of available working family support on gendered labour market outcomes, and the effects of zero pillar pensions on poverty alleviation and coverage rates among the elderly.
My latest peer-reviewed research is available in the Social Policy & Administration, Policy Studies, and the International Journal of Social Welfare. I am co-author of the The Short Guide to Social Policy (2nd Edition, 2015, Bristol: Policy Press), the Unicef Innocenti Report Card 13, Fairness for Children. A League Table of Inequality in Child Well-Being in Rich Countries, the new book Managing Welfare Expectations and Social Change: Policy Transfer in Asia (2018, Abingdon/New York: Routledge), and the book series, Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy, launched together with Policy Press.
I worked as external collaborator for the Social Security Department at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris and – most recently – the Unicef Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy.
I recently joined the Executive Committee of the East Asian Social Policy Research Network and am a Centre Fellow in the Centre for Social Policy and Social Change. Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York, United Kingdom.
Comparative and global social policy analysis, social investment, productive welfare policy, child well-being, politics of welfare reform, partisan theory, historical institutionalism, comparative research methods.