Ms Kwan Hiu Lap

PhD Student

haleykhl@connect.hku.hk

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


Biography

Haley is a full-time PhD student in Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. She received her bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from The University of Hong Kong and pursued a master’s degree in gender studies from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The London School of Economics and Political Science. She was the director of development and Outreach for HKU Heforsheforus Gender Student Society from 2019-2021 and a member of i-COMMONHK’s organising committee in 2020.

Haley’s research interests include Marxist feminism, social reproduction theory, precarious gendered work, intersectionality, the gig labour process, and platform economy and cooperativism. Her current research explores intersectional vulnerabilities, labour struggle, and women’s solidarity in China’s ride-hailing industry, and looks at the alternative organisation of platform economy, such as digital commons and platform cooperatives.

Education

MSc Gender Research
The London School of Economics and Political Science

MA Gender Studies
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

BA Comparative Literature
The University of Hong Kong

Research interests

Gender and platform work
Social reproduction theory
Marxist Feminism
Intersectionality
Women’s solidarity
The gig labour process

Honours and recognitions

Hsin Chong – K.N. Godfrey Yeh Education Fund for Joint Student Projects (1st round), 2020/21
Postgraduate Scholarship, 2019
Talent Development Scholarship, 2015
Robert Tam Yik Fong Memorial Scholarship, 2015

Selected publications

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES 

Kwan, H. (forthcoming). Gendered precarious employment in China’s gig economy: Exploring women gig drivers’ intersectional vulnerabilities and resistances.Gender and Development.

Kwan, H. (2022). Women’s Solidarity, Communicative Space, the Gig Economy’s Social Reproduction and Labour Process: The Case of Female Platform Drivers in China.Critical Sociology.https://doi.org/10.1177/08969205221101451

SHORT PIECES INCLUDING BLOGS  

Kwan, H. (2022) ‘Then and Now: Women’s Struggles and Solidarity in China’s Ride-Hailing Industry’, Marxist Sociology Blog, July 27, 2022.