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Dr Kate Lowe

Part-time Lecturer

9.12, 9/F., The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus

3917 7459

Dr Kate Lowe
  • Katie holds the positions of Research Officer within the Centre for Criminology, and Part-Time Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. Broadly speaking, she is a qualitative researcher whose research and teaching interests fall in the areas of criminology, law, sociology of deviance, public health and policy, risk and gender. Cross cutting through these fields is an interest specifically in ‘drug use, supply and risk’ within Asia, particularly amongst hidden or marginalized communities. Her research broaches two streams- firstly, to explore through qualitative research (in-depth interviews, ethnographic research) drug use and supply and the associated risks (harm reduction) among the hidden and marginalized populations of users within Hong Kong. Her second stream, primarily through legal case analysis, explores the growing trend of long-term imprisonment of Foreign Nationals held for drug trafficking within the region of South- East Asia. Before her PhD, she qualified as a barrister in the UK.

  • PhD
    The University ofHong Kong


    Bar Vocational Course
    College of Law (London, UK)


    Graduate Diploma in Law
    College of Law (York, UK)


    BA Hons in Sociology
    Northumbria University (Newcastle, UK)

    • Criminology.

    • Drug use and supply.

    • Risk.

    • Harm reduction.

    • Gender.

  • The Marijuana Makeover: Criminalization of CBD and the Creation of a ‘New’ Group of Drug Users in Hong Kong?


    Pathways to Harm Reduction Drug Policy in Hong Kong and East and Southeast Asia: Principles, Process, and Practices


    An Intersectional Lens on Drug Use and Stigma Among Hard-To Reach Populations in Hong Kong

  • Best Thesis Award, Hong Kong Sociological Association (2020).


    Distinguished Paper Award, Hong Kong University Post Graduate Conference (2019).


    Open Society Foundation Asian Scholarship (2018).

  • Lowe, K. F., & Laidler, K. A. (2024). Bag politics and ‘Wall’ Street capital: the role of social capital in social supply networks and broader society amongst privileged persons who use cocaine. Deviant Behavior45(1), 80-94.


    Laidler, K, Lowe, K, Young, S, and Cheung, T. (2023) The Legal Response to Drugs and Social Supply: The Case of Hong Kong. Hong Kong Law Review. 53(3), 914-939.


    Lowe, K (2023). Holiday Hooters: Hong Kong as a Destination for Debauchery - Drug Use amongst Privileged Cocaine Users. In A. Lynes, C. Kelly and J. Treadwell. 50 Dark Destinations: Crime and Contemporary Tourism. Policy Press.


    Lowe, K and Ridgway, A (2023). The Keepers of Secrets: Ethics and the Emotional Labour of Working with Privileged Populations During Criminological Research. In M. Adorjan and R. Ricciardelli (Eds.) Ethical Dilemmas in International Criminological Research (Second edition). Routledge.


    Ridgway, A and Lowe, K (2022). Looking Within: A Call for Greater Reflexivity in Expatriate Research. Sociological Research Online. 27(4), 1077–1093

  • SOCI7009

    2nd semester

    Global and comparative criminology

    SOCI2078

    1st semester

    Drug control in comparative perspective

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