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Digitalization, economic sociology, networks, professions and organizations, social research methodology


Dr. Au is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research examines digitalization, networks, economic sociology, and professions and organizations, with a regional focus on East Asia. 
Dr. Au obtained his PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto, where he was most recently a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow. 
Dr. Au has previously held interdisciplinary research positions at the London School of Economics & Political Science in the United Kingdom, where he also received his M.Sc. in Social Research Methodology, University of Malaya in Malaysia, National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan, Seoul National University and Yonsei University in South Korea, among others. 
Dr. Au has also consulted for the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, the Plan International-West Africa Regional Office, NGOs, start-ups, university administrations, and court cases (Canadian provincial-level)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto

External positions

Canada Research Member, Canada-International HIV & Rehabilitation Research Collaborative

1 Jan 2018 → …

Research Member, International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation

1 May 2013 → …


  • HM Sociology
  • HC Economic History and Conditions


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