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Dr Qiaobing Wu
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Dr Qiaobing WU

Associate Head & Associate Professor


Dr Wu Qiaobing is Associate Head and Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She received her PhD in Social Work and Master’s degree of Public Health from the University of Southern California, and Bachelor’s degree of Law from Peking University.


Dr Wu’s primary area of research centres on the health and well-being of children and youths, particularly in the context of migration. Her current research focuses on the resilience and mental health of migrant youth across different countries in both the Eastern and Western contexts, education and psychological well-being of migrant and left-behind children in mainland China as a consequence of the large-scale rural-urban migration, identity and health-related outcomes of children and youth resulting from the cross-border migration between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, and the influences of migration policy, welfare boundary and social integration on the health-related quality of life of children from immigrant families.


Dr Wu has extensive experience working with international multidisciplinary research teams on various projects and has good track records in migration, health and youth studies. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation of the United States, the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Worldwide Universities Network Research Development Fund, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, etc. Her publications appear in international interdisciplinary journals, such as Social Science & Medicine, Population, Space and Place, American Journal of Community Psychology, Youth & Society, Children and Youth Services Review, British Journal of Social Work, etc. She also serves as a board member or advisory committee member for various governmental or social service agencies and professional societies.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, University of Southern California
  • Master of Public Health, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Laws, Peking University

Research Interests

  • Health and wellbeing of children and youths
  • Migration
  • Social capital
  • Resilience
  • Health and welfare policy
  • Advanced statistical methods/Mixed methods

Grants (selected)

2022-2024 Research Grants Council General Research Fund (RGC/GRF), Hong Kong
(PI)                 (Grant #: 15607621)
“Institutional and Perceptional Welfare Boundary, Social Integration, and the Health and Well-being of Children from Migrant Families in Urban China: A Multicity Comparative Study Using Mixed Methods” (HK$1,464,963)

2022-2025 Departmental Large Projects Fund, Department of Applied Social Sciences, 
(PI)                 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
“Developing a virtual family-based possible selves intervention (FBPSI) for left-behind children and their migrant parents: A randomized controlled trial in Guizhou, China” (HK$2,000,000)

2021-2023 Research Grants Council General Research Fund (RGC/GRF), Hong Kong
(Co-I)         (Grant #: 17618620)
“The Impact of Grandparenting on Chinese Left-behind Children’s Mental Health: A Resilience Framework” (HK$ 534,908) (PI: Shuang Lu, HKU)

2016-2018 Research Grants Council General Research Fund (RGC/GRF), Hong Kong 
(PI)         (Grant #: 14613215)
“Social and Cultural Capital in the Creation of Human and Health Capital: A Mixed  
Methods Comparative Study of Cross-border, Immigrant, Native-born Children in Hong 
Kong and HK-born Children in the Mainland” (HK$649,500)

2013-2015 Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme (RGC/ECS), Hong Kong
(PI) (Grant #: CUHK 490212)
“Disparities in Education and Psychological Well-being among Migrant, Left-Behind, and Native Urban and Rural Children in China: The Role of Social Capital in Multiple Contexts” (HK$680,185)


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