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Iris Lo01

Assistant Professor


PhD (Oxford)

MPhil (HKU)







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Family and reproduction

Gender and sexuality

Work-family reconciliation and social policy



Undergraduate Level 

Global China 


Postgraduate Level 

Research Methodology: Qualitative Methods  



Iris Lo is Assistant Professor at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her work spans significant topics in the fields of sociology, social policy, and health. She studies the extent and nature of changes to family and work lives and sociological questions around social inequality, with a focus on gender, sexuality, reproduction, and work-family reconciliation. Her research also examines the role of social policy and culture in influencing people’s life choices and well-being.


Iris received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining the department, she worked in United Nations and other NGOs in Hong Kong and Mainland China to extend the impact of research through knowledge sharing events and public engagement. Her work has been published in various international journals, including Journal of Sociology, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Fertility and Sterility, and International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, and other refereed books.


Selected Publications:

Publications in Refereed Journals:

Yu, S. W. K., Lo, I. P. Y., & Chau, R. C. M. (2021). Government strategies for supporting the adult worker model in European countries: Mixed implications for defamilisation. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-04-2020-0135


Lo, I. P. Y. (2020). Family formation among lalas (lesbians) in urban China: Strategies for forming families and navigating relationships with families of origin. Journal of Sociology. https://doi.org/10.1177/1440783320912828


Lo, I. P. Y., Kim, Y. K., Small, E., & Chan, C. H. Y. (2019). The gendered self of Chinese lesbians: Self-esteem as a mediator between gender roles and depression. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 48(5), 1543-1554. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-019-1402-0


Yu, W. K., Liu, E. H. S., & Lo, I. P. Y. (2018). The difficulties faced by lalas in China in securing defamilisation and familisation. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 38(11/12), 1086-1100. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-05-2018-0080


Lo, I. P. Y., Chan, C. H. Y., & Chan, T. H. Y. (2016). Perceived importance of childbearing and attitudes toward assisted reproductive technology among Chinese lesbians in Hong Kong: Implications for psychological well-being. Fertility and Sterility106(5), 1221-1229. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.06.042


Book Chapters:

Yu, W. K., Lo, I. P. Y., & Chau, R. C. M. (2021). The policy measures used by the Hong Kong government to respond to the adult worker model and the male-breadwinner model. In M. Y. Kan & S. L. Blair (Eds.), Chinese families: Tradition, modernisation, and change (Contemporary perspectives in family research, vol. 16) (pp. 175-196). Emerald Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1530-353520210000016010


Lo, I. P. Y. (2018). Being a domestic helper and a post-natal care helper: Oral history of a caregiver. In Hong Kong Women’s Coalition on Equal Opportunities (Ed.), Caring for priceless: Oral history of family caregivers (pp. 162-178). Cosmos Books. (in Chinese).


Chung, Y. Y., & Lo, I. P. Y. (2018). The occupational health of domestic helpers. In Hong Kong Women’s Coalition on Equal Opportunities (Ed.), Caring for priceless: Oral history of family caregivers (pp. 252-255). Cosmos Books. (in Chinese).


Lo, I. P. Y., & Chan, C. H. Y. (2017). (In)fertility and loss: Conception and motherhood in the era of assisted reproductive technology. In N. Thompson & G. Cox (Eds.), Handbook of the sociology of death, grief and bereavement: A guide to theory and practice (pp. 306-320). Routledge.