Seven Lingnan scholars ranked World's Top 2% Scientists by Stanford

Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, LU Vice-President and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies; Prof Siu Oi-ling, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences; Prof Wong Man-leung, Professor and Head of the Department of Computing and Decision Sciences; Prof Xie Haoran, Associate Professor at the Department of Computing and Decision Sciences, Prof Dean Tjosvold, Emeritus Professor at the Department of Management; the late Prof Ray Forrest and the late Prof Michael Firth are in the World’s Top 2% Scientists 2020 released by Stanford University in the US recently.


Photo: (From top left, clockwise): Prof Xie Haoran, Prof Ray Forrest, Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Prof Siu Oi-ling, Prof Michael Firth, Prof Wong Man-leung and Prof Dean Tjosvold.


Prof Xie, whose research expertise focuses on artificial intelligence, big data and educational technologies, is the new LU member being listed on the prestigious list.


In political science and public management field, Prof Mok and Prof Forest are among the top 10 scholars in China, ranking 3rd and 5th respectively, and with regard to “research impact”, they come 3rd and 6th respectively as highlighted by a Mainland’s social media platform.


This recognition acknowledges the research and academic strengths of Lingnan scholars, and the impact each of the seven scholars has made on both academia and society.


Prof Joshua Mok has worked creatively across the academic worlds of sociology, political science, and public and social policy while building up his wide knowledge of China and the region. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Asian Public Policy (London: Routledge) and Asian Education and Development Studies (Emerald) as well as a Book Series Editor for Routledge and Springer.


Prof Siu Oi-ling’s research interests are in occupational health psychology, specifically occupational stress, the psychology of safety and work-life balance, as well as environmental psychology and the psychology of ageing, and Prof Wong Man-leung’s field is research on data mining and knowledge discovery, machine learning, evolutionary algorithms, knowledge-based systems, fuzzy sets theory and internet commerce. Prof Dean Tjosvold has published over 200 articles and 20 books on cooperation and competition, managing conflict, leadership and power. He is past President of the International Association for Conflict Management and a member of the Academy of Management’s Board of Governors.


Professors Michael Firth and Ray Forrest, who passed away in 2016 and 2020 respectively, made an immeasurable contribution to Lingnan and academia as a whole, and left an enduring legacy. Prof Firth’s background was in accounting, and he published more than 200 articles, books and monographs on accounting, auditing, economics and finance. Prof Forrest’s extensive research on sociology and the political economy of the contemporary city with a particular focus on housing markets and housing policy has made him a central figure in the field.


Stanford’s large database adopts a composite indicator based on standardised citation metrics, including the number of citations, h-index (measuring scientific research output) and co-authorship. The study analysed data from 1965 to 2020, covering about seven million scientists and scholars in 22 major fields.