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Associate Professor


PhD (CityU)
MPhil (Cambridge)
BA (CityU)

3400 3021


Working with youth-at-risk, offenders and drug abusers
Situational crime prevention


My URLs:


Social Work with Drug Abusers

Criminal Justice and Social Work
Research Interests:

Social work practice with offenders and drug abusers

Social work values and ethnics

Big data mining and crime prevention


Selected Publications:

Liu, L., & Li, J.C.-M. (2017). Progress and future directions of Crime Research in China with selected case studies. Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, 54(4), 44-453. Doi: 10.1177/0022427817698727

Cheung, C.K., Li, J.C.-M., & Lee, T.Y. (2016). Social work contribution to desistance among at-risk youth. International Journal of Offender Therapy & Comparative Criminology. Doi:10.1177/0306624X16672865

Li, J.C.-M., Cheung, C.K., Jia, X.S., & Mlyakado, B.P. (2016). Exploitation, offence or private issue? Guardians’ perceptions and self-perceived efficacy in handling girl compensated dating in Hong Kong. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Doi: 10.1177/0886260516665106

Cheung, C.K., Jia, X.S., Li, J.C.-M., & Lee, T.Y. (2016). Engaging adolescent girls in transactional sex through compensated dating. Journal of Adolescence, 25, 124-134.

Li, J.C.-M., Cheung, C.K., Jia, X.S., Yu, M.Y., & Nguyen, P. (2016). Narratives of compensated dating girls in Hong Kong using routine activity theory: results of a focus group study of guardians. International Journal of Offender Therapy & Comparative Criminology. Doi:10.1177/0306624X16648960.

Li, J.C.-M. & Sun., I.Y. (2015). Satisfaction with the police: an empirical study of Chinese older citizens in Hong Kong. Policing: an International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 38(2), 381-399.

Li, J.C.-M., Yu, M.Y., Wong, T.W.*, & Ngan, R.M.H., (2015). Understanding and preventing financial fraud against older citizens in Chinese society: results of a focus group study. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Doi:10.1177/0306624X15579258

Li, J.C.-M. (2015). Adolescent compensated dating in Hong Kong: choice, script and dynamics, International Journal of Offender Therapy & Comparative Criminology, 59(6),588-610.

Li, J.C.-M., & Wu, J.K.-F. (2015). Active learning for discovery and innovation in criminology with Chinese learners.  Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 52(2), 113-124.

Wong, D.F.-K., & Li, J.C.-M. (2014). Cultural influence on Shanghai Chinese people’s help seeking for mental health problems: implications for social work practice.  British Journal of Social Work, 44(4), 868-885.

Sun, I.Y., Hu, R., Wong, D.F.K., He, X., Li, J.C.-M. (2013). One country, three populations? Trust in police among migrants, villagers and urbanities in China. Social Science Research, 42(6), 1737-1749.

Li, J.C.-M., Wu, Y., & Sun, I.Y. (2013). Who should play a major role in responding to intimate partner violence? A comparison of Chinese and American college students’ preferences.  International Social Work, 56(6), 743-760.

Kwok, S.Y.C.L., Ling, C.C.Y., Leung, C.L.K., & Li, J.C.-M. (2013). Father self-efficacy, marital satisfaction and father involvement in Hong Kong.  Journal of Child & family Studies, 22(8), 1051-1060.

Li, J.C.-M. (2012). Violence against Chinese female sex workers in Hong Kong: from understanding to prevention. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 57(5), 613-631.

Li, J.C.-M., & Wu, J.K.-F. (2012). Validating an indigenous scale measuring neutralization techniques among Chinese juvenile thieves. Psychological Reports, 111(3), 971-984.

Sun, I.Y., Wu, Y., Huang, L., Lin, Y., Li, J.C.-M., & Su, M. (2012). Preferences for police responses to domestic violence: a comparison of college students in three Chinese societies. Journal of Family Violence, 27, 133-4.

Li, J.C.-M., Lo, T.W., Cheng, C.H.-K., & Wu, J.K.-F. (2012). Measuring the subjective perception of risks and rewards of juvenile thieves in Hong Kong. Psychology, Crime & Law,18(8), 689-701.

Sun, I.Y., Li, J.C.-M., & Wu, Y. (2011). Chinese and American students’ preference for police response to domestic violence, Policing and Society, 21(2), 214-232.

Cheung, C.K., & Li, J.C.-M. (2011). Ritualized Interaction for the Advancement of Children’s National Identification in Hong Kong. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41(6),1486-1513.

Sun, I.Y., Wu, Y., Button, D., Li, J.C.-M., & Su, M.Y. (2011). Appropriate police response to domestic violence: comparing perceptions of Chinese and American. International Journal of Law, Crime & Justice, 39,81-99.

Current Research Projects:

Co-I: Big data based research on crime geography- micro-simulation and optimized prevention of urban crime (National Natural Science Foundation of China, PRC 2015-2020)

PI:     Developing appropriate community responses to compensated dating among adolescent girls: perceptions and preferences of various stakeholders. (the Research Grants Council, Early Career Scheme, Hong Kong, 2013-2015)

PI: Preventing financial crimes against older people for building a safe and secure community. (the Research Grants Council, the Public Policy Research Scheme, Hong Kong 2012-2014)  

Professional & Community Service:

Honorary Consultant, Kowloon West Youth-Care Committee

Member, Research Committee, Hong Kong Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers (SARDA)

Registered Manager, School Management Board, Kiangsu-Chekiang College

Member, The American Society of Criminology

Guest Editor, Special Issue on “Crime Research in China”, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (2015-2016)