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Social Policy, Social Welfare, and Community DevelopmentSocial Theory, China and Global Social Development

anita koo

Associate Professor

PhD (Oxford)
MPhil (HKU)
BSocSc (HKU)



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Education inequality;
Class and stratification;
Migrant population in China


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Social and Cultural Dimensions of Health
Sociology of Health

Being a Professional in the New World: The Spirit and Promise of Professionalism
Gender and Social Changes in Chinese Societies


Selected Research Projects:

  • 2021-2022 'Non-traditional Students' Choices of Professional Training in the Expanded Higher Education Sector in Hong Kong', Internal competitive grant. (PI)
  • 2018-2021 'Gendering the New Generation of Chinese Workers in Vocational Schools', General Research Fund, RGC, Hong Kong Government. (PI)
  • 2016-2019 'Learning to Labor: Social Media and Migrant Labor Protection in Mainland China'. Collaborative Research Fund Scheme, RGC, Hong Kong Government. (Co-PI)
  • 2013-2016 'Vocational Education and Social Mobility of Migrant Youth in China', General Research Fund, RGC, Hong Kong Government. (PI)



Selected Publications:

Refereed Journal papers: 

  • Professionalization of the Shipping Industry via Postgraduate Ng, Adolf, Anita Koo and Athanasios Pallis (2011). In Ocean and Coastal Management, 54(5): 364-373.
  • The Motivations and Added-Values of Embarking on Postgraduate Professional Education: Evidences from the maritime industry. Ng, Adolf, Anita Koo and Jarrod Ho (2009). In Transport Policy, 16(5): 251-258.


Edited books:

  • 社會經濟在中國:超越資本主義的理論與實踐》,潘毅、嚴海蓉、古學斌、顧靜華 編(北京:社會科學文獻) (Social Economy in China: Beyond the Imagination of Capitalism, edited by Pun, Ngai, Hairong Yan, Ben Ku and Anita Koo (2014), Beijing: Chinese Social Sciences Academic Literature Press)
  • 不一樣的香港社會經濟》,潘毅、陳鳳儀、顧靜華、盧燕儀編(香港:香港商務印書館)(Alternative and Social Economy in Hong Kong, edited by Pun, Ngai, Pauline Chan, Anita Koo and Y.Y. Lo (2013), Hong Kong: Commercial Press)