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Prof. Edward K.L. CHAN

RGC Senior Research Fellow & Chair Professor of Child and Family Welfare


Prof. Edward Chan is Chair Professor of Child and Family Welfare at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the RGC Senior Research Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar committed to preventing family violence through the development of high-impact and socially relevant research. He is an internationally leading scholar in family violence studies and is the first scholar around the globe to examine family poly-victimization. His research expertise includes child and family polyvictimization, disadvantaged children with poverty and disability, and internal migration in the Chinese mainland. 

An outstanding scholar with intellectual rigor and passion for his research, Prof. Chan was conferred the title “RGC Senior Research Fellow” by the Research Grants Council in 2022. He received the Senior Scholar Award, RGC-Fulbright Hong Kong Research Scholar Program, in 2013-14. He was awarded as an outstanding scholar by the RGC Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme in 2016. His international leadership was recognized by being nominated as the first social work academia board member of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, a global health professional association based in the USA.

Prof. Chan excels in his research, and his academic outputs stand out among his peers. He has authored over 200 research publications in health and social sciences and has been sustainably awarded large and competitive research grants from local and international funding agencies.


Prof. CHAN Highly Ranked Among Top 2% of Scientists in the World

Prof. Chan’s excellence in scholarship has been consistently recognized as one of the top 2% scientists worldwide, according to Stanford University reports published since 2019. Compared to scholars in related fields, including social sciences, he is ranked top 1% among social scientists.


Curriculum Vitae

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Department of Social Work & Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong
  • MA(SW), Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 
  • BSW, Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University

Professional Qualifications

Registered Social Worker

Research Interests

  • Child and family poly-victimization
  • Child maltreatment
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Child poverty and welfare

Grants (selected)

Chan, K.L. Family Polyvictimization and Social Policy Responses in East Asian Societies. Funded by RGC Senior Research Fellow Scheme (RGC Ref. No.: SRFS2223-5H01). Approved amount: HK$7,798,380. (Additional top-up fund from PolyU: HK$3,761,000). Starting date: January, 2023. (60 months).

Chan, K.L. Explaining family polyvictimization: The development of a nested ecological theory. Funded by RGC Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme (Project No. 37000316). Approved amount: HK$760,425. Starting date: January, 2017. (18 months).

PI: Chan, K.L. Co-Is: Lo, C.K.M., Chen, M.T., Ho, F.K., Brownridge, D., Ip, P. Children with Special Educational Needs and Child Victimization: A Population-Based Study. Funded by RGC General Research Fund, University Grants Committee (Project No. 15601022), Hong Kong. Approved amount: HK$1,482,332. Starting date: January, 2023. (24 months).

PI: Chan, K.L.; Co-I: Lo, Camilla, Ho, F.K.W. & Ip, P. The effect of family hierarchy on family polyvictimization in Chinese culture. Funded by RGC General Research Fund, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong (Project No. 15606520). Approved amount: HK$1,279,976. Starting date: January, 2021. (24 months)

PI: Chan, K.L.; Co-I: Ho, F.K.W., Leung, W.C. & Ip, P. A longitudinal follow-up study on the association between intimate partner violence against women and child telomere length shortening from birth to early childhood. Funded by RGC General Research Fund, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong (Project No. 15602419). Approved amount: HK$1,022,000. Starting date: January, 2020. (24 months)

PI: Chan, K.L. Co-I: Yu, Lu; Lo, Camilla. Residents’ journey from trauma to empowerment (RESTORE). Funded by Hong Kong Student Aid Society. Approved amount: HK$3,363,000. Starting date: October 1, 2020. Completion date: September 30, 2023.

Co-PI: Chan, K.L. & Lo, Ruby Co-I: Lo, Camilla; Wu, Qiaobing. “Craft Your Life Together” Co-living Community Project (JCCCP) Research. Funded by The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong. Approved amount: HK$3,200,000. Starting date: December 1, 2020. Completion date: November 30, 2026.

PI: Chan, K.L. CI: Lo, C., Chen, Qiqi, Chen, M., Ip, P., Ho, F.K.W., Brownridge, D.A., Parents of Children with Special Educational Needs: A Pilot Test for a Population-Based Study of Family Victimization and Health Risk. Funded by APSS Research Fund. Approved amount: HK$1,000,000. Starting date: 01 Jul 2023. Completion date: 30 Jun 2026.

PI: Chan, K.L. From Antenatal Family Polyvictimization, Maternal Stress, to Infant Biomarkers: The First Birth Cohort Study among Chinese Families in Hong Kong. Funded by Projects of Strategic Importance, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Approved amount: HK$2,050,000. Starting date: July 1, 2020. Completion date: June 30, 2023.


Research Grants Council's (RGC) Senior Research Fellow

RGC Award Presentation Ceremony


The Research Grants Council (RGC) held an award presentation ceremony on 7 Nov 2022 to honour 87 academics from the eight University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded universities for their distinguished research achievements and significant contributions to the higher education sector. Prof. CHAN was awarded the RGC Senior Research Fellow Scheme for his project “Family Polyvictimization and Social Policy Responses in East Asian Societies”.




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