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Prof. Eric Chui
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Prof. Eric CHUI

Head(APSS), CoDoPReCIT & Chair Professor of Social Work and Criminology


Prof Eric Chui has been appointed as Head and Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences since September 2021. Since May 2022, he has been appointed as the Co-Director of the Policy Research Centre for Innovation and Technology at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Available at: Prior to these, he was the Dean of Students at City University of Hong Kong and Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education) of the Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong.

Prof Chui has received competitive research grants from non-governmental, governmental, and UGC-funding sources. For example, he received funding from the Society for Community Organization (2013), The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (2014; 2017; 2019; 2020), St. James’ Settlement (2016), Save the Children Hong Kong (2017), Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service (2020), Investor and Financial Education Council (2021), and Hong Kong PHAB Association (2022); Correctional Services Department (2016; 2018), Home Affairs Bureau (2016), and Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office (2020); and General Research Fund, RGC (2008; 2011; 2019).

Regarding his professional activity, Prof Chui serves on the editorial board of a number of SSCI journals, including Australian Social Work, Child & Family Social Work, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and Children and Youth Services Review. He has been appointed as the Associate Editor (East Asia Advisory Board) of the Social Work Education: The International Journal since March 2021.

He is currently the Series Editor of Routledge Studies in Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South, and welcomes prospective authors to approach him for a possible research monograph. (Available at:

For nearly a decade, from 2012 to 2021, he was on the Hong Kong Social Workers Registration Board as an Assessment Panel Member.

On community and public service, he has served as a member or advisor on various boards and committees in Hong Kong. For example, he is a member of the Release under Supervision Board, Security Bureau, HKSAR, and a committee member of the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, the Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers, End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation, St. James’ Settlement, Youth Outreach Hong Kong, and Sheng Kung Hui St. Christopher’s Home Limited Hong Kong.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge
  • Master of Philosophy, University of Cambridge
  • Bachelor of Social Work, The University of Hong Kong

Professional Qualifications

  • Registered Social Worker

Research Interests

  • Youth studies
  • Social work
  • Criminology and criminal justice

Grants (selected)

A Three-year Longitudinal Study on Rehabilitated Offenders, Funded by the Correctional Services Department, HKSAR from May 2018 to June 2022 

Impact Assessment of HSBC Future Skills Development Project, Funded by HSBC and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, from January 2019 to December 2020

A Panel Study of Social and Political Engagement Among University Students in Hong Kong, General Research Fund, RGC from January 2019 to June 2021

A Survey on “Be Smart Youth” E-cigarette and Binge Drinking Preventive Education Program for Youths, Fund by Ting Ka Ping Foundation and The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups from September 2020 to July 2022

Financial Literacy and Gambling Behaviour: Evidence from Hong Kong, Funded by the Investor and Financial Education Council, from October 2021 to March 2023


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