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Dr Xu Duoduo

Assistant Professor

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9.05, 9/F., The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus


Duoduo Xu received her PhD in Social Science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where she was also trained at the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research. She joined the HKU Department of Sociology as an Assistant Professor in July 2019. Before that, she was a Research Assistant Professor of Social Science and a Junior Fellow of Institute for Advanced Study at HKUST (2017-2019).

Xu’s research agenda focuses on migration/immigration, education, urban sociology, and quantitative methods. Her work is motivated by a theoretical interest in the production and reproduction of social inequalities. It aims to use empirical data and methods to understand how child and youth developmental outcomes are shaped by families, schools and neighborhoods, with a particular focus on migrant and immigrant populations in Greater China region.

Her current research aims to fill an important gap in existing inequality studies by bringing a socio-spatial perspective to the analysis. As part of this endeavor, her ongoing GRF project, “Socioeconomic Segregation, School Choice, and Geography of Educational Inequality in Hong Kong,” links datasets at community, school and household levels and employ GIS techniques to delineate the spatial patterns of educational inequality in Hong Kong.

Being a member of a research team on comparative urban studies led by Prof. Xiaogang Wu, Xu has been intensively participating in some large-scale data collection projects in major Chinese metropolises, including the Hong Kong Panel Study of Social Dynamics (HKPSSD), Shanghai Urban Neighborhood Survey (SUNS) and Beijing College Student Panel Survey (BCSPS).

Courses taught


Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Sociology, Shandong University

Research interests

Migration and Immigration
Social Stratification and Mobility
Urban Sociology
Sociology of Education
Child and Youth Development
Survey and Quantitative Methods

Current research

“Socioeconomic Segregation, School Choice, and Geography of Educational Inequality in Hong Kong,” PI, Hong Kong Research Grants Council General Research Fund (GRF), 2019-2021.

“Migration, Risk Preference, and Entrepreneurship in Urban China: A Mixed-methods Study,” PI, HKU Seed Fund, 2019-2022.

Selected publications

Xu, Duoduo and Xiaogang Wu. Forthcoming. “From Political Power to Personal Wealth: Privatization and Elite Opportunity in Post-Reform China.” Journal of Contemporary China.

Chen, Juan, Duoduo Xu and Xiaogang Wu. 2019. “Seeking Help for Mental Health Problems in Hong Kong: The Role of Family.” Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 46(2):220-237.

Chen, Juan, Zhonglu Li, Duoduo Xu and Xiaogang Wu. 2019. “Effects of Neighborhood Discrimination Towards Mainland Immigrants on Mental Health in Hong Kong.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(6):1205.

Zhang, Zhuoni, Tianzhu Nie and Duoduo Xu. 2019. “Family Background, Parenting Practices, and Child Outcomes: Chinese Immigrants’ Offspring in Hong Kong.” Chinese Journal of Sociology.

Xu, Duoduo, Xiaogang Wu, Zhuoni Zhang and Jaap Dronkers. 2018. “Not A Zero-Sum Game: Migration and Child Well-being in Contemporary China.” Demographic Research, 38, 691-726.

Xu, Duoduo. 2018. “From Poverty to Prosperity: College Education, Non-cognitive Abilities, and First-job Earnings.” Chinese Sociological Review, 50(1), 53-82.

Xu, Duoduo and Xiaogang Wu. 2017. “The Rise of the Second Generation: Aspirations, Motivations and Academic Success of Chinese Immigrants’ Children in Hong Kong.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43(7), 1164-1189.

Xu, Duoduo and Jaap Dronkers. 2016. “Migrant Children in Shanghai: A Research Note on the PISA-Shanghai Controversy.” Chinese Sociological Review, 48(3), 271-295.