Ms Florence Kayan Lapto

PhD Student

8.25, 8/F., The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus


Florence is a full-time PhD student at HKU Sociology. She received her bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Management, and Politics from the City University of Hong Kong and master’s degree in Criminology from HKU.

Before her PhD study, she worked as a research assistant in Public and Social Policy Research Centre of The Open University of Hong Kong. She participated various projects about housing and aging.

Her research interests include sex work, crime, informal settlement, inmate culture, and drugs.


Master of Social Sciences in Criminology
The University of Hong Kong

Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Policy, Management, and Politics
City University of Hong Kong

Research interests

Sex work
Informal settlement
Inmate culture

Selected publications

Journal articles:

Cheng, V. S., & Lapto, F. K. (2023). The Impact of Later Life Events on Cessation Motivation of Older Adults with Substance Use Disorder in Hong Kong. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 67(13-14), 1362-1382.

Cheng, V. S., & Lapto, F. K. (2021). The social meaning of snitching in Chinese drug detention centers. Punishment & Society, 23(3), 355-375.


Book chapter:

Cheng, V.S. & Lapto, F. K. (2023). Employment Experience of Marginalized Older People Who Use Drugs in Hong Kong. In T. C. T. Shum & C. C. L. Kwong (Eds.), Housing and Ageing Policies in Chinese and Global Contexts (pp. 247-263). Springer.