Curriculum Vitae

Current Academic Position

Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies), Faculty of Social Sciences; Programme Director, BSocSci (Hons) Programme; Programme Director, MSocSci in Comparative Social Policy (International); Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Policy; Affiliate, Centre for Social Policy & Social Change

Current Contact

Lingnan University, The Liberal Arts University in Hong Kong; Room 304, 3/F, Dorothy Y.L. Wong Building; 8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong; Tel: (852) 2616 7197; Fax: (852) 2456 0737;


2018, Transforming Outcomes Through Action Learning (‘TOTAL’) Teacher Programme Certificate, Teaching and Learning Centre, 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

2019-, To Claim or Not to Claim: Towards a Better Understanding of the Take-up Rates of Welfare Schemes Targeting Hong Kong Older Adults and the Stigma Attached to Them, Public Policy Research (PPR) Funding Scheme, Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office (Together with Kee Lee Chou, Education University Hong Kong).

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).

2018-2020, 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).

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.