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Dr Duoduo Xu

Assistant Professor

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

3917 2062

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Dr Duoduo Xu
  • Duoduo Xu (許多多) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong (2019-present). She also held joint appointments at the Department of Geography and the Faculty of Arts from 2019 to 2023. Before joining HKU, she was Research Assistant Professor of Social Science and Junior Fellow of Institute for Advanced Study at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2017-2019).


    In 2017, Xu received her PhD in Social Science from HKUST, where she was also trained at the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research (CASER). She completed her MPhil in Social Science at HKUST in 2013 and BA in Sociology at Shandong University in 2011.


    Xu’s research interests center on social stratification and inequality, and lie at the intersection of urban sociology, sociology of education, and sociology of work. In particular, she is interested in understanding:


    • how social-spatial factors (e.g. migration, segregation, location) shape urban residents' attitudes, behaviors, and life chances;

    • the impacts of various family, school and neighborhood factors on children’s educational and developmental outcomes;

    • young people’s experiences of school-to-work transition, precarious employment and labour market mismatch.


    Xu’s studies are mainly concerned with child development and youth employment issues in Chinese cities (e.g., Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing), and she draws on various longitudinal survey datasets and a range of quantitative methods for causal inference. Currently, she is working on multiple research projects, including:


    • Skill Requirements of Job Ads during an Economic Recession in Hong Kong: A Machine Learning Approach to Studying Labour Market Mismatch

    • Educational Expansion, College Premium and Social Mobility: A Comparative Study of Hong Kong and Taiwan Youth (funded by RGC-ECS)

    • Socioeconomic Segregation, School Choice, and Geography of Educational Inequality in Hong Kong (funded by RGC-GRF)

  • Ph.D.
    Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology


    M.Phil.
    Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology


    B.A.
    Sociology, Shandong University

    • Social Stratification and Mobility

    • Migration and Immigration

    • Urban Sociology

    • Sociology of Education

    • Child and Youth Development

    • Survey and Quantitative Methods

  • Grants


    PI, “Tracking Effect or Selection Effect?   Social Origin, Track Choice, and Status Attainment in China”, HKU Seed Fund   for Basic Research (109000256, HK$79,000, 2023-2025)


    PI, “Educational Expansion, College Premium   and Social Mobility: A Comparative Study of Hong Kong and Taiwan Youth,” Hong   Kong Research Grant Council Early Career Scheme (ECS) (27604821, HK$   610,312, 2022-2024).


    PI, “A Broken Social Ladder   in Hong Kong and its way out: The Panel Survey of the Youth’s Job and Income   Mobility between 2011 and 2019,” Oxfam Hong Kong Project   (20034-HKG-A1094-01-2020A-H21, HK$171,288.40, 2020-2021)


    PI, “The Over-educated Generation: College   Expansion and Social Mobility in Hong Kong and Taiwan,” HKU Seed Fund for   Basic Research (104005605, HK$ 150,000, 2020-2021)


    PI, “Socioeconomic Segregation, School   Choice, and Geography of Educational Inequality in Hong Kong,” Hong Kong   Research Grant Council General Research Fund (GRF) (16600218, HK$   599,440, 2019 – 2021).


    PI, “Migration, Risk Preference, and   Entrepreneurship in Urban China: A Mixed-methods Study,” HKU Start-up Fund,   (006029001, HK$ 506,497, 2019-2022).


    PI, “Education, Location, and School Choice   in Hong Kong,” HKUST Initiation Grant (IGN17HS02, HK$ 100,000, 2017-2019).


    Co-I, “Early Childhood   Development in Hong Kong: A Longitudinal Study”, HKU Seed Fund for   Collaborative Research” (PI: Dr. Ming Wen, HK$599,932, 2023-2026).


    Co-PI, “Neighbourhood Factors   and Social Integration of Diverse Hong Kong Families in the Time of COVID-19:   An Extension of the Hong Kong Panel Study of Social Dynamics (HKPSSD)   [HKPSSD-D],” Hong Kong Research Grant Council Collaborative Research Fund (CRF)   (PI: Dr. Lucy Jordan, HK$1,926,870, 2022-2023).


    Co-I, “Consultancy Study on   Considerations and Difficulties of Women in Choosing Whether or Not to Work,”   Consultancy Project, Labour and Welfare Bureau, HKSAR (PI: Dr. Lucy Jordan,   HK$3,369,405, 2020-2021).

  • 2023   Best Paper Award, Hong Kong Sociological Association


    2016   Kerckhoff Award, Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility (RC28), International Sociological Association (ISA)


    2015   Oversea Research Award, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

  • *: Xu is corresponding author

    #: post-doc/graduate student coauthor


    Song, Xinmiao# and Duoduo Xu*. Forthcoming. “More Graduates, Fewer   Skills? Vocational Education Expansion and Skilled Labour Shortages in China.”   The China Quarterly, In Press.


    Xu, Duoduo*, Jiao Guo#, Karen Ka Han Li#, and Lucy P. Jordan. Forthcoming. “Who Cares? Childcare   Support and Women’s Labor Supply in Hong Kong.” Chinese   Sociological Review, Online First.


    Xu, Duoduo* and Jiao Guo#   (equal authorship). 2023. “In Sight, In Mind:   Spatial Proximity to Protest Sites and Changes in Peoples’ Political   Attitudes.” British Journal of Sociology, 74(1):   83-104


    Xu, Duoduo*, Shuheng Jin#, Ngai   Pun, Jiao Guo#, and Xiaogang Wu. 2022. “The Scarring Effect of First Job Precarity: New Evidence   from a Panel Study in Hong Kong.” Work,   Employment and Society, Online First.

    • Best Paper Award, Hong Kong Sociological   Association, 2023

    Xu, Duoduo* and Xiaogang Wu.   2022. “Separate and Unequal: Hukou, School   Segregation, and Educational Inequality in Urban China.” Chinese   Sociological Review, 54(5), 433-457.

    Jin, Shuheng#, Tianzhu Nie#, Ngai Pun, and Duoduo   Xu*. 2022. “Spatial Mismatch, Different Labor Markets   and Precarious Employment: The Case of Hong Kong.Social   Indicators Research, 161(1): 51-73.


    Xu, Duoduo* and Xiaogang Wu.   2021. “From Political Power to Personal Wealth:   Privatization and Elite Opportunity in Post-Reform China.Journal   of Contemporary China, 30(132):993-1013.


    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.


    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,   5(3), 263-282.


    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(26), 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.

    • Kerckhoff Award, International Sociological   Association Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility (ISA-RC28),   2016

    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.

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