Current Academic Position
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.
2009, Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), University of York, UK.
2007, PhD, University of York, UK. Title of Thesis: Welfare State Change and its Determinants: A Critical Evaluation of Macro-Quantitative Approaches to Model Institutional Constraints on Welfare Reform in Advanced Industrialised Democracies (1980-2001); Supervisor: Prof. John Hudson
2004, Master in Social Policy (With Distinction), University of York, UK. Title of Dissertation: About the Dream of Perpetual Expansion: Welfare Consolidation in Comparative Perspective. The Dynamics of Social Spending in Twenty-One OECD Countries (1980-1998); Supervisor: Prof. John Hudson
Selected Funding and Activities
2018, Child Rights Advocacy Project, The Voices of Ethnic Minority Children on Their Lives and Well-Being in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (Together with Maggie Ka Wai Lau, Lingan University).
2018, Faculty Research Grant, Children’s Views on their Lives and Well-being in Hong Kong, Lingnan University, Hong Kong (Together with Prof. Maggie Ka Wai Lau, Lingnan University).
2017, Fund for Organizing Conference, “Doing” Comparative Social Policy in Changing Global Context, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, December 8th-9th 2017 (Together with Prof. Alexandra Kaasch, University of Bielefeld, Germany).
2016, Social Policy Association Small Grant, Comparative and International Social Policy Theories and Methods – Three Day PhD and Early Career Academic Workshop on Social Policy in Developing Contexts, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India, May 24th-26th 2017 (Together with Dr. Keerty Nakray, O.P. Jindal Global University, India, Dr. Joe Devine, University of Bath and Prof. Nick Ellison, University of York, United Kingdom).
2015-2016, External Consultant, ‘Inequality in Child Well-Being in Rich Countries – Innocenti Report Card 13, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Office of Research Innocenti Research Centre, Florence, Italy (Together with Prof. John Hudson, Principal Investigator: Dr. Yekaterina Chzhen, UNICEF).
2012-2014, External Consultant, ‘Comparative Macro-Level Analyses of the Impact of Cash and In-kind benefits on Family Outcomes’, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Paris, France (Together with Prof. John Hudson, PI: Dr. Dominic Richardson, OECD).
2010-2011, Anniversary Lectureship, University of York, United Kingdom.
Jan-Apr 2006, Statistical Analyst, ‘ILO Social Security Inquiry’, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Social Security Department, Geneva, Switzerland.
2003-2007, University of York Research Studentship, University of York, United Kingdom.