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Maggie Ka Wai LAU, Acting Director

Research Associate Professor


About Maggie

Maggie joined Lingnan University in January 2017 as Research Associate Professor. She obtained her PhD from the University of York, UK. Prior to joining Lingnan, she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the City University of Hong Kong. She has extensive research and teaching experience in development and policy studies, poverty and social exclusion, children and youth well-being.

Research Interests

Maggie’s recent research has included work on poverty and social exclusion, child poverty and child well-being. She is currently involved in the Children’s Worlds, International Survey of Children’s Well-being (, which is a worldwide research survey on children’s views on their lives and well-being. She is also leading the Public Policy Research funded project on the Relationship between Poverty and Neurocognitive Skills. She led the Poverty and Social Exclusion in Hong Kong project ( (with David Gordon at the University of Bristol, UK), funded by the HKRGC and UK ESRC and was a co-investigator of the Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) funded project on Trends and Implications of Poverty and Social Disadvantages in Hong Kong. Her publications have appeared in Social Indicators Research, Child Indicators Research, Children and Youth Services Review, Health Policy, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Drug and Alcohol Review, and Nicotine and Tobacco Research. She was the guest editor of the special issue ‘Poverty in a Rich Society: The Case of Hong Kong’ for the China Review (Fall 2015).