Dr. LAU, Pui Yan Flora 劉珮欣博士
Associate Head and Associate Professor
Office: Room LG529, Main Building, Hong Kong Shue Yan University,
10 Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemar Hill, North Point, Hong Kong.
Academic and Professional Qualification
D.Phil. in Sociology, University of Oxford
M.Sc. in Sociology, University of Oxford
M.Phil. in Sociology, University of Hong Kong
B.Soc.Sc. in Sociology, University of Hong Kong
Specialism and Research Interests
Self and identity
Death and illness
Labour market and employment
Course offered in 2022-23
SOC 259 Race and Ethnicity
SOC 337 Criminology
SOC 358 Poverty, Social Policy and Social Innovation
SOC 401-2 Honours Project
Course offered in previous years
SOC 107 Understanding Sociology
SOC 356 Gender Relations
SOC 405 Social Control
SOC 504 Individualization and the Family
GEC 102 The Struggling Self in the Global Society
Li, K.H and Lau, P.Y.F. (Under review) Social Class, internship and the “game” of higher education: the persistence of social reproduction.
Lau, P.Y.F. (2022) Book review for Leisure and forced migration: lives lived in asylum systems, Edited by Nicola de Martini Ugolotti and Jayne Caudwell. Leisure Studies, 41(4): 603-604. https://doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2022.2037153 (Scopus CiteScore 2021: 3.8)
Lau, P.Y.F. (2021). Empowerment in asylum seekers regime? The roles of policies, non-profit sector and refugee community organizations in Hong Kong. Journal of Refugee Studies, 34(1): 305-327. (https://academic.oup.com/jrs/article/34/1/305/5613781?guestAccessKey=4ed064cd-3572-4892-89b6-3ae711135a2b) (2021 Impact Factor: 2.966)
Lau, P.Y.F. (2020). Fighting COVID-19: Social capital and community mobilisation in Hong Kong. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 40(9/10): 1059-1067. (https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-08-2020-0377) (Scopus CiteScore 2021: 2.5)
Lau, P.Y.F. (2020). Bereavement and Loss. In D. Gu and M. Dupre (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_505-1
Choy, W.C., and Lau, P.Y.F. (2019). Cross-border to Taiwan but not China: The Decision-making Mechanisms of Hong Kong Students Pursuing Higher Education in Taiwan. Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, 15(1): 21-36. https://doi.org/10.1108/STICS-06-2018-0012
Lau, P.Y.F., & Gheorghiu, I. (2018). Vanishing Selves under Hong Kong’s Unified Screening Mechanism. Cultural Diversity in China, 3(1), 21-35. https://doi.org/10.1515/cdc-2018-0003
Lau, F.P.Y. (2015) Breaking through the Barriers – Ethnic Minority Success Stories and their Implications for Policy Intervention in Hong Kong. Final Report for Funding Programmes of Research Projects on Equal Opportunities 2013-14. Hong Kong: Equal Opportunities Commission.
Lau, P.Y.F. (2015). Personal merits and social capital: The experiences of getting ahead among South Asians Minorities in Hong Kong. In D. Johnson (Ed.), Social Capital: Global Perspectives, Management Strategies and Effectiveness (pp.145-156). New York: Nova Science Publisher.
Lau. P.Y.F. (2014). Coping with the death of singleton children in China: the role of social capital. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 34(5/6), 401-415. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-06-2013-0065 (Scopus CiteScore 2021: 2.5)
Lau, P.Y.F. (2013). Advocating the rights of people with disabilities in China: community-based rehabilitation approach. in G. Agarwal, S. Choudhary, and R. Gupta (Eds.), Human Rights in Changing Times (pp. 225-246). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Lau, P.Y.F. (2012). Rethinking asset-based community development strategies in post-earthquake China: The role of social capital. Poverty and Public Policy, 4(3), 35-48. https://doi.org/10.1002/pop4.3 (Scopus CiteScore 2021: 0.8)
Lau, P.Y.F. (2012). Recruitment and promotion: human resources management in book publishing. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-659-16647-1
Lau, P.Y.F. (2009). Sociology of publishing: the role of social ties in external recruitment. International Journal of the Book, 6(3), 105-112. https://doi.org/10.18848/1447-9516/CGP/v06i03/36756
Lau, P.Y.F. (2002). Symbolic boundaries and domains of social relationship: a preliminary study of the normative formation of the Hong Kong middle classes. E-Journal on Hong Kong Cultural and Social Studies, 1(2), 247-266.
As Principle investigator
“How do ethnic minorities cope with cancer in Hong Kong? The role of public health services, social network and religion”, HK$947,631 funded by Research Grant Council (RGC), Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), 2021/22 Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector, Jan 2022 – Dec 2023.
“People without identity: Exploring the social experiences of asylum seekers in Hong Kong”, HK$437,000 funded by Research Grant Council (RGC), Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), 2015/16 Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector, Jan 2016 – Dec 2017.
“The expectation and decision making process for fresh university graduates: the role of social ties”, HK$18,600 funded by Research and Staff Development Committee (RSDC), Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Mar 2014 – Aug 2015.
“Breaking through the barriers – Ethnic minority success stories and their implications for policy intervention in Hong Kong”, HK$8,900 funded by Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Jan 2014 – Jan 2015.
As Co-principal Investigator (Co-PI)
‘Desperate or self-sufficient? An investigation of the emotional wellbeing of older adults when their primary caretakers are not around in Hong Kong’, HK$7,040, Summer Research Internship Programme funded by Wan Chow Yuk Fan Centre for Interdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice and Research (CIEBPR), Hong Kong Shue Yan University. Jul– Aug 2022
Selected conference presentations
Lau, P.Y.F. (2019, May). Policing ethnic minorities in Hong Kong: Some observations on the Hong Kong Police Force. Paper presented at International conference on cultural governance in Asia (ICCGA), City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Shue Yan University, HK.
Lau, P.Y.F. (2018, September). Negotiating identity under total institution: Secondary adjustments and other forms of everyday resistance among asylum seekers in Hong Kong. Paper presented at Boundary crossing: An International, interdisciplinary conference on refugees and social justice, Winchester, UK.
Lau, P.Y.F. (2018, April). People without identity: Exploring the social experiences of asylum seekers in Hong Kong. Poster presented at the Research Grant Council site visit, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, HK.
Lau, P.Y.F. (2017, December). Poverty and psychological degradation: Experiences of asylum seekers in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Poverty and Sustainable Development, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Lau, P.Y.F., & Gheorghiu, I. (2016, December). Rejecting Self-Mortification: Asylum Seekers in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 11th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Sociological Association, the University of Hong Kong, HK.
Lau, P.Y.F. (2014, April). Selecting the Best Candidate in the Labour Market: Policy Implications to Formal Education. Paper presented at British Sociological Association (BSA) Annual Conference ‘Changing Society’, University of Leeds, UK.
Lau, P.Y.F. (2013, April). Coping with the sudden death of a singleton: Implications for China’s one-child policy. Poster presentation at British Sociological Association (BSA) Annual Conference ‘Engaging Sociology’, London, UK.
Lau, P.Y.F. (2012, September). Rethinking asset-based community development strategies in post-earthquake China: The role of social capital. Paper presented at the International Conference on Public Policy and Governance 2012, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Public Affairs Centre, India.
Lau, P.Y.F. (2012, February). Advocating the rights of people with disabilities in China: A community-based rehabilitation approach. Paper presented at Human Rights in the 21st Century: Global Perspective, National Challenges, University of Delhi, India.
Lau, P.Y.F. (2019). Impact case studies. Advancing Research to Build a Better World, Research Newsletter January 2019, Hong Kong Shue Yan University. (P.15)
Other academic activities
Session Co-organizer, RC31 Sociology of Migration, XX International Sociological Association (ISA), World Congress of Sociology. Session title: Migration in Asia – Integration and Cultural Diversity. Melbourne, Australia, 25th June – 1st July 2023.