Mr Ka Wang Kelvin Lam

PhD Student

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


Kelvin is a PhD Student (all but dissertation) supervised by Professor Eric Fong. Before joining the University of Hong Kong, Kelvin completed his undergraduate and MPhil degrees in Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interest lies primarily in the areas of migration and immigration, refugee studies, and urban sociology.

Aside from academic pursuit, Kelvin also proactively participates in services related to forced migrants. He has been volunteering at the Refugee Union, a refugee-led organisation, since 2018. Collaborating with the Refugee Union, Kelvin and his team founded a project to help asylum seekers and refugees adjust to life in Hong Kong through cultural and social activities.


MPhil, Sociology

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

BSocSc, Sociology

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research interests

Migration and immigration

Refugee studies

Urban sociology


Current research

Emigration from Hong Kong

Asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong

Honours and recognitions

Best Thesis Award, Hong Kong Sociological Association (2021)

Outstanding Student Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2018, 2020)

Selected publications

Shui, Kenny, Ka Wang Kelvin Lam, Judy Chen, and Eric Fong. Forthcoming. “Entry visa categories, current experience, and future expectation of highly educated migrants and their intention to stay.” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal

Lam, Ka Wang Kelvin, Hua Zhong, and Gloria Yuxuan Gu. Forthcoming. “Classic assimilation, self-selection, and parent status: An analysis of the central—local political trust among high-skilled mainland migrants in Hong Kong.” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal

Lam, Ka Wang Kelvin and Eric Fong. 2022. “Migration flows in the region of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.” Asian Population Studies 18(2): 109—112


Under review

Lam, Ka Wang Kelvin. “Processes, roles and determinants of establishing support networks in refugee settlement: the Hong Kong experience.” (R&R)

Lam, Ka Wang Kelvin. “From being helpless to ‘self-helping’: Refugee-led response to lack of COVID-19 support policies for Hong Kong’s refugees.”