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Professor Gizem Arat

Professor Gizem ARAT

Assistant Professor





Tel: (852) 2616 7955
Fax: (852) 2456 0737


WYL211, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong


Prof. Gizem Arat obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong in 2017 and Master degree in Social Work from the School of Social Work, University in Pittsburgh in 2010. She worked as a Post-doctoral fellow in the Jockey Club Lab for Cultural Diversity Study in The University of Hong Kong 2017-2019. She joined Lingnan University in August 2019. Her research interests include the promotion of ethnically diverse young populations, positive youth development, resilience, cultural diversity and multiculturalism. She teaches Ethnicity and Ethnic Minorities and Comparative Social Policy in Greater China and East Asia.

Areas of Interest 

  • Social inclusion of ethnic minority youth: positive youth development, mental health, resilience
  • Cultural diversity: multiculturalism, social harmony, social justice


BA (Baskent); MSW (Pittsburgh); PhD (HKU)

Selected Publications

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Journal Articles

Arat, G., Jordan, L. P., & Wong, P. W. C. (2019). Exploring the culturally specific factors of mental health in South Asian minority students in Hong Kong. European Journal of Social Work. doi: 10.1080/13691457.2019.1605978

Arat, G., & Kerelian, N. (2019). Reshaping the social work education system towards cultural competency: The Hong Kong case. International Social Work, 62(1),316-329.

Arat, G., & Wong, P. W. C. (2019). Examining the association between resilience and risk behaviors among South Asian minority students in Hong Kong: A quantitative study. Journal of Social Service Research, 45(3), 360-372.

Arat, G., & Wong, P. W. C. (2019). Commentary on: How schools enhance the development of young people’s resilience, Ungar, Connelly, Liebenberg, and Theron, 2017. Social Indicators Research, 143(1), 319-324.

Arat, G., & Wong, P. W. C. (2018). Integrating resilience and positive youth development for the promotion of positive health behaviours among ethnic minorities: A conceptual framework. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 28(4), 250-263.

Arat, G., Liu, L. L., & Wong, P. W. C. (2017). Culturally relevant protective and risk factors of youth risk behaviors among Pakistani and Indian students in Hong Kong: A focus group study. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 28(6), 573-581.

Arat, G., Hoang, A. P., Jordan, L. P., & Wong, P. W. C. (2016). A systematic review of studies on ethnic minority youth development in Hong Kong: An application of the ecological framework. [Social work and the ethnic minorities in China]. China Journal of Social Work, 9(3), 218-237.


Working Papers

Chiu, C., Arat, G., Chan, K., & Wong, P.W.C. (minor revision). Growing old as a Nepali in Hong Kong: Implications for inclusive policies and services. Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Arat, G., & Wong, P. W. C. (under review). Examining resilience against the development of poor mental health among Pakistani and Indian students in Hong Kong. China Journal of Social Work.

Wong, P.W.C., & Arat, G.(under review). A case study of employing a sequential mixed methods study to promote positive youth development among ethnically diverse youth in Hong Kong. SAGE Research Methods.

Gube, J., & Arat, G. (under review). The need for interdisciplinary efforts to promote cultural diversity: A call for the capability approach. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities.

Wong, P.W.C., Arat, G., Chui, C., & Jordan, L. P. (in submission). The identification and nurture of attributes of positive youth development among ethnic minority young people in Hong Kong: A conceptual framework.


Conference Presentations

Arat, G. (December, 2018). Ethnic minority students’ perceptions of discrimination in Hong Kong: A qualitative study.Hong Kong Educational Research Association (HKERA) International Conference. Equity, Access and Diversity in Education: Theory, Practice and Research. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Oral presentation).

 Arat, G., & Gube, J. (December, 2018). Integration of minorities in Hong Kong: A conceptual framework. Hong Kong Educational Research Association (HKERA) International Conference. Equity, Access and Diversity in Education: Theory, Practice and Research. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Oral presentation).

Arat, G., Wong, P.W.C., & Jordan, L. P. (July, 2018). The promotion of positive health behaviors of South Asian minority youth in Hong Kong: A mixed-methods study on resilience and social inclusion. Environmental and Community Sustainability; Human Solutions in an Evolving Society, The Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2018, Dublin, Ireland. (Oral presentation).

Teaching Subjects

Academic Year:  2022 - 2023


1st Term:


Society and Social Change



Junior Research Project

2nd Term:


Urban Sociology



Social Justice

SSC3319  Junior Research Project

Co supervisor: Mr. YUDA Tauchid Komara (PhD student) & Ms. CHEN Anqi (Mphil student)