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Prof. Chen Juan
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Prof. Juan CHEN

Associate Head, Associate Director of MHRC & Professor


Prof. Chen Juan's research centers on migration and urbanization, health and mental health, and help seeking and service use. The key issues she addresses are the ways in which structural disadvantages contribute to individual disparities and the means by which such disadvantages can be eliminated through policy and practice interventions.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • PhD in Social Work and Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
  • MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
  • MA in Political Science, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • BA in Political Science and Law, Peking University, Beijing, China

Professional Qualifications

Registered Social Worker

Research Interests

  • Migration, urbanization, and urban governance
  • Health, mental health, and well-being
  • Help seeking and service use
  • Social policy and social service system
  • Survey research

Grants (selected)

2022-2025 Neighborhood Transitions and Citizens’ Well-being in Urbanizing China, Collaborative Research with World-Leading Research Groups, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$1,640,000.

2017-2019 Beyond Hukou: Integration into Urban Life of In-situ Urbanized Rural Residents in Chinese Cities, General Research Fund (GRF), Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, HK$1,020,000.

2014-2019 Research on Social Policy and Social Change, Li & Fung China Social Policy Research Fund, Victor and William Fung Foundation, HK$2,728,000.

2013-2015 Structural Inadequacies or Cultural Constraints? Deciphering Barriers to Seeking Help for Mental Health Problems in Urban China, General Research Fund (GRF), Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, HK$598,659.

2010-2012 Migration Dynamics and Migrant Integration: Constructing Longitudinal Multi-Level Data on Mainland China, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, US$42,500.


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