Su-Yan Pan is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Institute of Education. She completed her PhD degree in policy studies, social sciences, and education from The University of Hong Kong. She has taught at three universities in China: The University of Hong Kong, Shanghai Jiaotong University in Shanghai, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan. Currently she has been appointed Visiting Scholar in the Higher Education Program of the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.
Her research interests include interdisciplinary areas of higher education, citizenship education, international academic mobility and educational policymaking. Her research and publications in these fields place great emphasis on the cross-fertilization of Western and Chinese perspectives in understanding and explaining important issues such as: the role of the state in governance and social change, university autonomy, educational legislation, private education, the cross-border flow of international human capital, multiple identities and citizenship education in the global context.
In recent years, she has been involved in the trilateral collaborative research projects involving teaching and research institutes in Hong Kong and Mainland China, the National People's Congress of China, and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom. She is the grant holder of two competitive research grants totalling HK$1.47 million from the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong. She is one of the seven awardees of the Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship (HSSPF) Award 2013/14 granted by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong.