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In August 2016, I joined the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, where I am now Associate Professor and Programme Director of the MSocSci in Comparative Social Policy (International).
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 notions of ‘welfare productivism’ and ‘social investment’ as conceptual backdrop for comparing social policy reforms around the globe. 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 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 Journal of Asian Public Policy, Policy Studies, the International Journal of Social Welfare, and the Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy. 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 currently serve as Secretary of the East Asian Social Policy Research Network. I am a Centre Fellow in the Centre for Social Policy and Social Change at 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.