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Anita Chan is Associate Professor at the Department of Social Sciences, EdUHK. She is an expert in gender and education and has examined various gender issues in Hong Kong's education system, including gendered identities of schoolgirls, university males, primary school teachers and principals, and gender differences in choosing STEM subjects among secondary school students. She is also passionate about family and migration studies and has conducted research on parenting, motherhood, fatherhood, changing families and intimacies, cross-border students and transnational families. She is a qualitative researcher and specializes in in-depth individual and focus group interviews, and narrative analysis.


Her publications can be found in journals such as Mobilities; Sociological Research Online; Children and Youth Services Review; Asian Studies Review; Urban Studies; Journal of Consumer Culture; Gender and Education; Compare, and so forth.



Research interests

Her main research interests include the following fields:

  • Gender and Masculinities Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality issues in Education
  • Family Studies
  • Migration and Transnational Studies


She has supervised students on topics related to international student mobility; left-behind children in China; gendered identities of male teachers in China; and Muslim women political leaders in Bangladesh

Teaching Interests

She has taught the following courses at various levels:


  • Gender and Society (UG)
  • Self and Society (UG)
  • Love, Intimacy and Families (UG)
  • Hong Kong Society (UG)
  • Sociology of Education (Master)
  • Gender and Education (EdD)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (UG; EdD&PhD)

External Appointments

  1. Independent School Manager for Fanling Kau Yan College (since 2021)
  2. External Examiner of PhD and MPhil theses for various universities (The Chines University of Hong Kong, Hog Kong Baptist University and Lingnan University, and the University of Hong Kong) (since 2004)
  3. Research Proposal Reviewer for Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (since 2019)
  4. Research Proposal Reviewer for Research Grants Council (since 2017)
  5. Research Proposal Reviewer for General Research Fund Competitive Research Funding for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector under Research Grants Council (since 2015)
  6. Manuscript Reviewer for various academic journals: Urban Studies (since 2021); Asia Pacific Journal of Education (since 2020); Mobilities (since 2019); Education Journal (since 2018); Political Geography (since 2017); Compare (since 2011); Global Studies of Childhood (since 2011); Families, Relationships and Societies (since 2013)
  7. External Examiner for The Chinese University of Hong Kong (MA Sociology, Department of Sociology) (2016-19)
  8. Member of the International Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Families, Relationships and Societies (2012-2018)
  9. External Examiner for The Open University of Hong Kong (the undergraduate course, ‘Media, Culture and Society’, offered by the School or Arts and Social Sciences) (2014-2016)
  10. External Examiner for Yew Chung Community College (Associate Degree in Arts, Social Sciences Concentration) (2014-16)
  11. Member of the Independent Accreditation Panel for t Hang Seng Management College (BSSc Programme (Asian Studies)) (2014-15)
  12. Accreditation Panel Member for Hong Kong Baptist University (Bachelor of Arts in Liberal and Cultural Studies) (2012-13)
  13. External Course Assessor for The Open University of Hong Kong (the Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education) (2012-13)
  14. Academic Adviser for The Women’s Foundation (Life Skills Programme) (2011 - 2013)
  15. Committee member for Hong Kong Education Examination Authority (Integrated Humanities Subject Committee) (2007-2011)

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