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Chinese Name : 鄧希恒

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 for better education governance and policy innovation in East Asian entrepreneurial societies, amidst the age of global inequalities, populism and authoritarianism. Currently he conducts academic researches on 'entrepreneurial universities', academic profession and institutional ethnography, as well as youth engagement, higher education and global citizenship. 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. Presently involving in two GRF projects (General Research Fund by Hong Kong Research Grants Council), he is now Assistant Professor of Department of Education Policy and Leadership at the Education University of Hong Kong and serves 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 Hong Kong-Mainland China dynamics, 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 entitled "Seeing China's Governance from Hong Kong Youth Perspective" 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, Dr Hayes Tang welcomes media consultation, external membership, community/professional seminars and commissioned R&D projects. He can be contacted at hhhtang@eduhk.hk


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

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