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Dr Jenny Chan (PhD 2014) is Associate Professor of Sociology at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prior to the PolyU, she was Lecturer in Sociology and Contemporary China Studies (2014-2016) at Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, and Junior Research Fellow (2015-2018) of Kellogg College, University of Oxford.

Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and the Lives of China's Workers, co-authored with Mark Selden and Pun Ngai, was named the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles 2022: China.  

Jenny served as the elected Vice President of Research Committee on Labour Movements, International Sociological Association (2018 to 2023).

In 2022-2023, Jenny is appointed as the Chairperson of the Selection Panel for the HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) Government Scholarship Fund, Talent Development Scholarship and Reaching Out Award. Between 2017 and 2020, she was a Member of the Sub-committee on “Community, Organization and Globalisation” Subjects (a Sub-committee of the Academic Planning and Regulations Committee), Committee on General University Requirements, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. Since January 2017 she has been serving as a Management Committee Member of China and Global Development Network, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 


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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Certificate in English, The Oxford English Centre, Oxford, the United Kingdom

Bachelor of Social Science with Honors, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Master of Philosophy, University of Hong Kong

Doctor of Philosophy, University of London


  • HM Sociology
  • Labor
  • China
  • Globalization
  • Migration
  • State
  • New Technology, Work and Employment
  • Ethnography
  • Sociology


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