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Ms Katie Lowe

PhD Student



Originally from England, Katie is a qualified criminal barrister in the UK with 10 years’ experience in legal search. She has worked in London, Russia, Dubai, Korea, and China and has lived in Hong Kong for the last 8 years.

Katie is a first year, full time, PhD student at HKU Sociology, and is aligned with the HKU Centre for Criminology. She is interested in areas of risk, crime and gender. Katie’s thesis focuses on the theory of edgework (voluntary risk taking) and cocaine use amongst expatriates.

In addition, she is currently researching the sport of ‘white collar boxing’, and how gender influences the experience in the context of edgework. Katie is an avid martial artist and was the first female to fight in Hong Kong White Collar Boxing and first female in Asia to hold a title belt in White Collar Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). After injury she has now ‘hung up her gloves’ and enjoys the quieter pursuits of yoga and travel.


Bar Vocational Course
College of Law (London, UK)

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

BA Sociology
Northumbria University (Newcastle, UK)

Research interests


Current research

White Collar Boxing: Gender and Edgework
Cocaine use amongst expatiates in Hong Kong