Ms Dan Liu

PhD Student

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


Dan Liu is a full-time PhD student at HKU Sociology. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Sichuan University, China and master’s degree in Sociology from Renmin University of China.

Her research interests include medical sociology, social aspects of health and illness, sociology of body and knowledge production of medicine. She is consistently focusing on the process of knowledge production in medical situations and meaning-making process through social interactions, which developed her strong interest on two major projects. One is the lived experience of people affected by congenital deformities, especially people with cleft lip and palate. The other is the practice and development of a national early intervention program in non-urban areas of China.


Master in Sociology
(Renmin University of China)

Bachelor in Social Work
(Sichuan University)

Research interests

Medical sociology
Sociology of the body
Sociology of knowledge
Social aspects of illness and health
Science, Technology and Society studies
Gender and Sexuality

Honours and recognitions

2023-2024 玉潤健康研究基金項目. 搶救童年:鄉鎮地區發育遲緩兒童的康復與養育實踐

2020-2021玉潤健康研究基金項目. 再造微笑:醫療實踐中唇顎裂身體的建構(2020YRJK-004)

2021 Graduation with Honor: College Graduate Excellence Award of Beijing, The Education Department of Beijing.

2019 Graduation with Honor: College Graduate Excellence Award of Sichuan Province, The Education Department of Sichuan Province.

Selected publications

Journal articles:

Xiaoli Tian, Dan Liu and Xiaoyan Han. 2023. Living in the Shadow of Market Competition: Career Commitment and Orders of Worth of Social Workers in Shanghai. American Journal of Cultural Sociology. (Accepted and forthcoming)

Dan Liu and Ke Cui. 2023. Encountering Bodies and Identity Dynamics of the Social Worker: A Case Study of a Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeries Department. Qualitative Social Work. Online first:

劉丹, 黃盈盈. 2022. 再造微笑:實踐知識在唇齶裂治療中的生成 (Rebuilding Smiles: The Production of Knowledge-in-Practice in the Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment.). 社會 (Chinese Journal of Sociology), 42(6): 132-159.


Book chapter

劉丹. 2021. 再造微笑:醫學實踐中唇齶裂身體的建構 (Rebuilding Smile: The Construction of Body with Cleft Lip and Palate in Medical Practice). 北大清華人大社會學碩士論文選編 (Selected Outstanding Sociological Master Degree Papers from Three Universities). 河北: 河北人民出版社 (Hebei: Hebei People’s Publishing House). pp. 218-272.