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Beatrice Lam

Dr Beatrice Oi-yeung Lam


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Beatrice Lam did her bachelor and MPhil degree in sociology in The University of Hong Kong, before completing her PhD at The University of Manchester. She has participated in research and teaching development in the areas of gender and education, as well as education policy and administration, and in promoting gender equity education. She has taught in The University of Hong Kong, The Open University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Institute of Education and HKUSPACE in various areas in sociology.

Intrigued by the role of parenting and schooling in processes of social stratification, Beatrice embarked on her research journey by examining parenting practices and intergenerational transmission of educational and social dis/advantage in families in Hong Kong. She has since then developed an interest in studying stratification processes at and beyond the family-school interface, and more recently how class, gender, ‘race’/ethnicity and migration factors in such processes in post-colonial Hong Kong and the United States.

Courses taught


The University of Manchester

MPhil Sociology
The University of Hong Kong

BSocSc (General)
The University of Hong Kong

Research interests

Social stratification and inequality
Sociology of education
Gender studies
Hong Kong society

Current research

Class inequality in education and parenting in Hong Kong
Class and gender in China-Hong Kong migration
Immigration, ethnicity and citizenship in Hong Kong

Selected publications

Journal Articles:

The Academic Achievement of Socioeconomically-disadvantaged Immigrant Adolescents. International Review of Sociology. With Lee, M. Accepted and under revision.

On the Social Integration of Chinese Immigrants in Post-colonial Hong Kong: Rethinking the Making of the Hong Kong Person. OMNES: The Journal of Multicultural Society. 6(2): 1-34. 2016.

Effects of Different-race Exposure in School and Neighborhood on the Reading Achievement of Hmong Students in the United States. Urban Education. With Lee, M., & Madyun, N., 2015.

Making Sense of Divergent Perceptions of Racial-ethnic Discrimination in Hong Kong. Multicultural Education Review. 7(1-2): 41-58. With Chan, C.W.S., Teng, Y. & Lee, M., 2015.

School Contexts and Acting White. Schools: Studies in Education 11(1): 122-155. With Lee, M., Madyun, N. & Jumale, M., 2014.

Book chapters:

A preliminary study on elements of gender education in teacher training in Hong Kong, in Gender perspectives in education: empirical research into schooling processes, edited by Po-king Choi and Anita Kit-wa Chan. City University of Hong Kong Press. (In Chinese) (Co-authored with C. W. M. Yu, T. W. L. Lai-Yeung, and A. K. W. Chan, 2012)


Under the Umbrella. In The Newsletter (No. 70, Spring 2015) (pp.10-13). International Institute of Asian Studies. (Chief Editor, 2015).

Inspire: Knowledge Transfer @ Liberal Studies. Department of Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Institute of Education. (Chief Editor, 2013)