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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)



2766 4945


Education inequality;
Class and stratification;
Migrant population in China


My URLs:  



Social and Cultural Dimensions of Health
Sociology of Health
Gender and Social Changes in Chinese Societies


Selected Research Projects:

2018-2020 ‘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)


2012-2015 ‘A New Age of World Factory: Capital Expansion, the Role of State and Foxconn Production in China’. General Research Fund, RGC, Hong Kong Government. (Co-I)



Selected Publications:

Refereed Journal papers:

Gender Ideologies of Youth in Post-socialist China: their gender-role attitudes, antecedents, and socio-psychological impacts 

Koo, Anita, Bryant Hui and Ngai Pun. 2020. In Chinese Sociological Review.


Having Less but Giving More: Work experience and prosocial behavior of Chinese working-class youth 

Hui, Bryant, Ngai Pun, Jack Qiu and Anita Koo. 2019. In Youth & Society.


Attempting to Transgress Neoliberal Value: Constructing a Micro-Foundation of Social Values of Working-Class Youth in Vocational Schools in China 

Lu, Benny, Anita Koo and Ngai Pun. 2019. In The Sociological Review 67(5): 1050-1065.


Double Contradiction of Schooling: Class reproduction and working-class agency at vocational schools in China 

Pun, Ngai and Anita Koo. 2019. In British Journal of Sociology of Education 40(1): 50-64. 


Expansion of Vocational Education in Neoliberal China: Hope and despair among rural youth 

Koo, Anita. 2016. In Journal of Education Policy 31(1): 46-59. 


Is Hong Kong no longer a land of opportunities after the 1997 handover?: A comparison of patterns of social mobility between 1989 and 2007 

Wong, Yi-Lee and Anita Koo. 2016. In Asian Journal of Social Science 44(4/5): 516-545. 


A “World-Class” (Labor) Camp/us: Foxconn and China’s new generation of labor migrants 

Pun, Ngai and Anita Koo. 2015. In positions 23(3): 411-435. 


The Doubly Disadvantaged: How return migrant children fail to access and deploy capitals for academic success in rural schools 

Koo, Anita, Holly Ming and Bill Tsang. 2014. In Sociology, 48(4): 795-811.


Is there any chance to get ahead? Education aspiration and expectations of migrant families in China 

Koo, Anita. 2012. In British Journal of Sociology of Education, 33(4): 547-564.


Parenting Style and Youth Outcome in the UK 

Chan, Tak-Wing and Anita Koo. 2011. In European Sociological Review, 27(3): 364-384.


Professionalization of the Shipping Industry via Postgraduate Education 

Ng, Adolf, Anita Koo and Athanasios Pallis. 2011. In Ocean and Coastal Management, 54(5): 364-373.


Family in Flux: Benchmarking Family Changes in Hong Kong Society 

Koo, Anita and Thomas Wong. 2009. In Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, 4: 47-56.


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:

  • 2015. Social Economy in China and the World, edited by Pun, Ngai, Ben Ku, Hairong Yan and Anita Koo, London: Routledge.
  • 2014.《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, Beijing: Chinese Social Sciences Academic Literature Press) 
  • 2013.《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, Hong Kong: Commercial Press)