Prior to joining The Education University of Hong Kong, Professor Stephen Chiu was Professor in the Department of Sociology and Co-Director of the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies in The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Professor Chiu obtained his Bachelor and MPhil degrees at The University of Hong Kong, and his Master and Doctorate degrees from Princeton University.
Professor Chiu is a prolific researcher, experienced academic administrator and an enthusiastic teacher. He has produced voluminous publications containing co-authored books, book chapters, monographs and refereed journal articles. His research areas include the sociological studies of Hong Kong and East Asian development, social inequality, youth, social movement, film industry and sociology of traditional Chinese medicine. He has secured substantial externally funded competitive grants and attracted a number of commissioned projects funded by, among others, Central Policy Unit and Education Bureau. He developed a number of new courses and was one of the pioneers who adopted e-learning in the early 1990s.
Professor Chiu’s academic leadership is evidenced by the administrative roles that he took on during his stay with The CUHK, including Associate Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Deputy Department Chair of the Department of Sociology, and Director of a University level research centre. He is active in professional and community service. His public service records include serving as Part-time Member of the Central Policy Unit and member of HKSAR Government’s Commission on Strategic Development and the Task Force on Education, Employment and Training under the Commission on Poverty. Between 2009 and 2017, he had also been the Chair of the CDC-HKEAA Committee on Liberal Studies (Senior Secondary) responsible for the design and revision of the subject’s curriculum. In the civil society, he also served as the Chair of the Asia Monitor Resources Centre that championed labour rights in the Asian region for over 10 years since the 1990s.