KOO, Anita C.H. 顧靜華


Ph.D. (University of Oxford, England)

Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching - Taught Postgraduate)

Research Interests:

Sociology of education; Youth studies; Class inequality and mobility; Gender studies; Migrant population; Contemporary China

Anita Koo researches on the structure of social stratification and its impact on the educational opportunities and chances of social mobility among individuals from different classes and gender. She had received two GRFs to support the research on the processes and mechanism of social mobility/ reproduction among different groups of migrant youths within the context of rapid expansion of vocational education in post-reform China. She had also served as one of the co-PIs of an interdisciplinary CRF project that examines the school-to-work transitions among the new generation of young workers who study in vocational colleges. Her publications appeared in Sociology, Journal of Education Policy, Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Chinese Sociological Review, etc. Currently, she is researching the development of professional education in Hong Kong and its relations to the expansion of higher education. Aims of her work is to improve our understanding of the operation of class and gender in a massified higher education system, so as to find ways to faciliate social mobilities among the disadvantaged.

Course(s) Taught:

SOCI 2015 Sociological Theory I: Classical Theory
SOCI 4026 Selected Topics in Contemporary Sociology I
From Jan-2023 to  Jun-2025 "Vocational/Professional Training against a Changing Landscape of Higher Education in Hong Kong: Choices and Experiences of Students in Accredited Nursing Programs'" RGC General Research Fund, Hong Kong Government. As PI. HKD $961,500.
From Jan-2018 to  Dec-2021 "‘Gendering the New Generation of Chinese Workers in Vocational Schools’" RGC General Research Fund, Hong Kong Government. As PI. HKD $676,000.
From Jun-2016 to Dec-2019 "‘Learning to Labor: Social Media and Migrant Labor Protection in Mainland China’" RGC Collaborative Research Fund Scheme, Hong Kong Government. As Co-PI. HKD $4,677,600.
From Jul-2014 to Jun-2019 "‘Research on Globalization, Migration and Labour’" Donation from Victor and William Fung Foundation Ltd. As Co-PI. HKD $2,728,000.
From Jan-2013 to  Jun-2016 "‘Vocational Education and Social Mobility of Migrant Youth in China'" RGC General Research Fund, Hong Kong Government. As PI. HKD $1,028,000.
Yang, Chin-Yi and Anita Koo. 2022. Hope and Uncertainty at the Periphery in Global Times: Youth Employment in Kinmen, Taiwan. Journal of Youth Studies.

Koo, Anita. 2021. Negotiating Individualisation in Neoliberal China: Youth Transitions among the New Generation of Rural Migrants. Children’s Geographies 19(6): 754-765.
Siu, Kaxton and Anita Koo. 2021. Temporary Labor Migration and Skill Transfer in Japan: Migration Experiences and Outcomes of Technical Intern Trainees from Vietnam and China. Journal of Social Issues.
Koo, Anita, Bryant Hui and Ngai Pun. 2020. Gender Ideologies of Youth in Post-socialist China: their gender-role attitudes, antecedents, and socio-psychological impacts. Chinese Sociological Review 52(5): 487‒514.
Hui, Bryant, Ngai Pun, Jack Qiu and Anita Koo. 2020. Having Less but Giving More: Work experience and prosocial behavior of Chinese working-class youth. Youth & Society 52(8): 1582‒1601.
Lu, Benny, Anita Koo and Ngai Pun. 2019. Attempting to Transgress Neoliberal Value: Constructing a micro-foundation of social values of working-class youth in vocational schools in China. The Sociological Review 67(5): 1050‒1065.
Pun, Ngai and Anita Koo. 2019. Double Contradiction of Schooling: Class reproduction and working-class agency at vocational schools in China. British Journal of Sociology of Education 40(1): 50‒64.
Koo, Anita. 2016. Expansion of Vocational Education in Neoliberal China: Hope and Despair among Rural Youth. Journal of Education Policy 31(1): 46‒59.
Wong, Yi-Lee and Anita Koo. 2016. Is Hong Kong no longer a land of opportunities after the 1997 handover?: A comparison of patterns of social mobility between 1989 and 2007. Asian Journal of Social Science 44(4): 516‒545.
Pun, Ngai and Anita Koo. 2015. A ‘World-Class’ (Labor) Camp/us: Foxconn and China’s new generation of labor migrants. positions 23(3): 411‒435.
Koo, Anita, Holly Ming and Bill Tsang. 2014. The Doubly Disadvantaged: How return migrant children fail to access and deploy capitals for academic success in rural schools. Sociology 48(4): 795‒811.
Koo, Anita. 2012. Is there any chance to get ahead? Education aspiration and expectations of migrant families in China. British Journal of Sociology of Education 33(4): 547‒564.
Chan, Tak-Wing and Anita Koo. 2011. Parenting Style and Youth Outcome in the UK.’ European Sociological Review 27(3): 364‒384.

To Be Updated.