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Dr Vincent CHENG

Dr Vincent CHENG

Assistant Professor


Dr Vincent CHENG earned his PhD in Sociology and Criminology from The University of Hong Kong. His current research interest lies in two fields: (1) The experience and well-being of marginalised populations, with a particular focus on older people suffering from substance use disorder, (2) The impact of health promotion advertisements to audiences. He is also interested in issues related to social marginalisation, crime, and punishment in both local and Mainland Chinese contexts.

Dr Cheng has published in international journals like Punishment and Society, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. His book, Hypocrisy: The Tales and Realities of Drug Detainees in China receives honorary mention in the 2020 ACS Distinguished Book Award of Asian Criminology Society.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • PhD in Sociology and Criminology, The University of Hong Kong

  • MPhil, The University of Hong Kong

  • BA, The University of Hong Kong

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Deviance
  • Substance Use
  • Ageing
  • Health Communication
  • Public Health


PI (changed to CO-I after joining PolyU), “Life course trajectories of drug treatment among middle-aged and older people who use heroin in Hong Kong”, funded by the Faculty Development Fund, Research Grant Council (UGC/FDS16/H04/22), HKD 567,543, 01 January, 2023-30 June, 2024

CO-I, “A longitudinal study of the impact of adverse housing conditions on the development of children living in subdivided units in Hong Kong: A mixed-method analysis”, funded by the Research Matching Grant Scheme, Research Grant Council, $1,355,134, 01 January, 2023-31 May, 2025.

PI, “The boomerang effect in anti-drug advertisements in Hong Kong”, Faculty Development Fund, Research Grant Council (UGC/FDS16/H01/19), HKD 502,075, 01 January, 2021-31 March, 2023.

PI, “The social exclusion of older drug users in Hong Kong”, funded by the Katie Shu Sui Pui Charitable Trust Research and Publication Fund (Applied Research) (KS 2020/01), HKD 99,932, 01 April, 2020-31 March, 2021.

PI, “Nerd and Snitch: A Case Study of Prison Culture in Chinese Drug Detention Centres”, funded by OUHK R&D Funding (2017/1.1), HKD 99,892 1 February, 2018 – 31 July, 2019.


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