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A sociologist, Dr Hayes Tang is interested in the fields of education policy, higher education, academic profession and youth studies. His research focuses on the sociological role of higher education in entrepreneurial society and global city. He is committed to create new knowledge in application forbetter education governance and policy innovation inEast Asia, amidstthe age of global inequalities, populism and authoritarianism. Currently he conducts research on academicentrepreneurialism, academic professionand institutional ethnography, as well asglobal citizenship,higher education and youth engagement. He aspires to build lifelong partnership with students and professionals so as to enlighten his analysis on educational development and policy anew with fresh perspectives, along with greater social impact and professional relevance. Presentlycompleting two GRF projects (General Research Fund by Hong Kong Research Grants Council), he is Assistant Professor of Department of Education Policy and Leadership, and Programme Leader of MA in Leading Innovative Learning Organizations (LILO) at the Education University of Hong Kong. He has started another GRF project "Reconsidering Academic Entrepreneurialism in East Asia: Diverse Voices and Critical Insights from the Academic Profession of Flagship Universities”in 2021. Recently he completed aPPRproject (Public Policy Research by the HKSAR Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office) on youth and aspirations in Hong Kong.He serves as the AssociateEditor of the Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education (the official journal of Comparative and International Education Society's Higher Education Special Interest Group), Associate Editor (Sociology and Education) of Humanities & Social Sciences Communicationsand on the Editorial Board of Chinese Education & Society (Taylor & Francis).

On top of scholarly research, he considers education a commitment imperative to an academic life. Championing the spirit of liberal arts education, Hayes was presented at the start of his academic career the Outstanding Teacher Award by the School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong in 2012. On issues about education, innovation and youth engagement, he was interviewed by journalism including ARTE (Association relative à la télévision européenne) (Franco-German channel), The Straits Times, South China Morning Post (SCMP), Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK, Radio 3), China Daily and D100 Radio. Upon invitation, he delivered a Fulbright-Hays seminar for a delegation of American school teachers during their visit to The University of Hong Kong in August 2015. The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad are hosted by the National Committee on United States-China Relations, USA.

In service of knowledge exchange and transfer, DrHayes Tang welcomes media consultation, external membership, community/professional seminars and commissioned R&D projects. The key focus of his scholarship is to innovate knowledge for education, social impact and global citizenship. He can be contacted at hhhtang@eduhk.hk

Research interests

Research interests
  • Sociology of Education (especially Sociological Role of Education in Entrepreneurial Society and Global City)
  • Higher Education
  • Youth Engagement, Educated Youth and Public Policy
  • Academic Entrepreneurialism ('Entrepreneurial Universities'), Scholarship of Application and Impact of Universities
  • Academic Profession and Its Connections with Other Professions (including Teaching Profession/ Schools)
  • Education Governance and Policy Innovation in the Age of Global Inequalities, Populism and Authoritarianism
  • Nationalism, Internationalism and Global Citizenship in Education


Prizes and Awards

2016 Biographee,Marquis Who's Who in the World2016(33rd edition), New Providence, N.J. : Marquis Who's Who

2014-15 Principal Investigator, Alignment of Undergraduate Education and the Workplace, HKU SPACE Research Grant (Research Project No.: RG899900000053)

2013 Exchange Scholarship, Visit to Seoul National University on the theme “Critical Issues in the Development of Asian Higher Education”, SNU-HKU Agreement

2012 Outstanding Teacher Award 2011, Community College, HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education

2012 Conference Grant, School of Professional and Continuing Education, HKU,Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting2012, Toronto

2010 Travel Grant, HKU, Book Research ProjectAmerican Faculty: New Era of Academic Work and Careers(The Johns Hopkins University Press)

2009 Conference Grant, HKU, International ConferenceThe Attractiveness of the Academic Profession: The Management Challenge, University of Melbourne

2007-10 Postgraduate Studentship, Faculty of Education, HKU

2008-09 Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships for Postgraduate Research Students, Short-listed candidate for HKU

2007-08 Faculty Research Fund, Faculty of Education, HKU

2002-03 Demonstratorship, Department of Sociology, HKU

2000-02 Postgraduate Studentship, Department of Sociology, HKU

Teaching Interests


  • Future Skills Development and Reflections in Higher Education
  • Democracy and Education
  • Teacher Professionalism and Academic Profession
  • Liberal Education
  • Sociology ofEducation



External Appointments

External Appointments

2021 External Reviewer, General Research Fund (GRF), Hong KongResearch Grants Council (RGC)

2021- Reviewer, International Journal of Educational Development (IJED)

2021 Invited Speaker for the professional development talk "Beyond Academic-Vocational Dichotomy: The Role of Innovative Teachers in Enhancing Future-oriented Learning Engagement",CLAP-TECH Pathway, Teachers' Learning Community Gathering, April 9, 2021

2021 Guest Lecturer, "Democratising Higher Education or Dancing with Educational Desire? Some Issues and Debates about ‘Massification’ of Post-secondary Education in Hong Kong", The Chinese University of Hong Kong (PEDU 6208: Current Issues in Educational Administration and Policy), March 26, 2021

2020- Awards Committee Member, Higher Education Special Interest Group, Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)

2020- Research Fellow, Hong Kong Benchmarks for Career and Life Development/ CLAP for Youth (Phase II)

2020- Part Time Consultant for CLAP-TECH Pathway Project (a project which empowers youth for the new-collar jobs in information and communications technology and STEM industries in Hong Kong)

2020 External Member, Academic Committee, Advanced Diploma in Communication and Culture, School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong

2020- Reviewer, Higher Education

2020- Reviewer, International Studies in Sociology of Education

2020- Organizing Committee Member, the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA) International Conference 2021

2020 External Thesis Examiner,Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia

2020 Reviewer for scholarly book proposal, Routledge [Taylor & Francis Group] (Book Series of Education and Society in China)

2020 Invited Speaker for the paper "University Knowledge Exchange in a Global City: Perspectives from Academic Profession", RIHE 24th Open Seminar, Research Institute of Higher Education (RIHE), Hiroshima University, Japan

2020 Reviewer, Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research

2019- Reviewer,Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education

2019- Associate Editor (Sociology and Education), Humanities & Social Sciences Communications

2019- Associate Editor,Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education

2019 Reviewer, Journal of Adult and Continuing Education

2019 Reviewer,Educational Review

2019 Reviewer, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management

2019 Reviewer, The Australian Educational Researcher

2019 Reviewer, Progress Report for UniversityGrants Committee's (UGC)Funding Scheme for Teaching and Learning Related Proposals, Hong Kong SAR.

2019 Reviewer, Higher Education Quarterly

2019- Editorial Board Member, Chinese Education and Society

2019-2021 External member, Academic Committee, The University of Western Australia’s Bachelor of Artsprogrammes, School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong

2019- Reviewer,Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education

2018 Keynote Speaker for theInstitutional EthnographyColloquium Seminar, 4th-5th December, McGill University,Canada

2018 Reviewer for conference paper submission, World Education Research Association (WERA) World Congress 2018, Cape Town, South Africa

2018Reviewer for scholarly book proposal, Springer Nature (Book Series of Higher Education in Asia)

2018-Reviewer, SAGE Open

2018-Reviewer, International Journal of Educational Management

2018 Member, Review Committee, Hong Kong Educational Research Association International Conference 2018, Hong Kong

2018 External Reviewer, Research Grants Council's (RGC)Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), The Open University of Hong Kong

2018 External Reviewer,Research Grants Council's (RGC)Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), Tung Wah College

2018- Reviewer, Multicultural Education Review

2018- Reviewer, Educational Research for Policy and Practice

2017 Ad-hoc reviewer,Tertiary Education and Management

2016 Mentor, Startup Weekend HK: Social Innovation, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

2016- Reviewer,Journal of Research in International Education

2016- Reviewer,Australian Journal of Teacher Education

2016- Reviewer, Australian Journal of Education

2016- Reviewer, Asia Pacific Education Review

2016- Reviewer, International Journal of Comparative Education and Development

2016- Reviewer, ChineseEducation and Society

2015 Invited Speaker for the Seminar "Seeing China's Governance from Hong Kong Youth Perspective", Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad, National Committee on United States-China Relations, USA

2014 Reviewer for conference paper submission, Higher Education SIG, 59th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Washington D.C. 2015

2014 Reviewer,Policy and Society

2014- Reviewer,Asian Education and Development Studies

2013- Reviewer,Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education

2013- Reviewer,Higher Education Teaching and Learning Review

2013-14 Organising Committee, Comparative Education Society of Hong Kong Annual Conference 2014 “Policy and Educational Development in a Global Context”

2011- International Advisory Board,Higher Education Teaching and Learning

2010- Teaching staff representative, Academic Committee, The University of Western Australia’s Bachelor of Artsprogrammes, School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong

2009 Reviewer,Research Studies in Education





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