Personal profile

Research interests

Youth study & leveraging parental involvement

Career development & professional trainings for career practitioners

Workplace wellbeing

Organizational behaviors

Development of ownership theory

Scale development & validation

Decent work 

Visibility & Participation

Experience-driven recognition 

Biography

I obtained my PhD degree from the University of Hong Kong in September 2017 and I have been enjoying doing mixed method studies about youth development, career support services, organizational behaviors, workplace wellbeing, and capacity building among youth work practitioners. In the past few years, I have developed some concepts, theories, tools, and intervention models in the areas of workplace study, career development, and youth study which are conducive to informing further development of practice and future vigorous research studies with great social impact given that more resources and opportunities are available. Specifically, in the field of workplace study, I have developed a less-territorial notion of collective psychological ownership (CPO) and launched a new stream of studies of psychological ownership in organization contexts and revealed the associations of CPO with various concepts in relation to workplace wellbeing and organizational behaviours at both individual and group levels. In the field of youth study, I am very much concerned about the wellbeing and self-fulfillment of a wide spectrum of young people at risk and developed the concept “expanding sources of recognition (EDR)” as an alternative pathway to inform youth work practitioners and multiple stakeholders to work with these young people. Moreover, I was invited to join the UNESCO-Inclusive Policy Lab as an expert to promote the development of a youth-friendly discursive environment with scholars from all over the world. Regarding my research in the field of career development, I developed the concepts of more enabling others (MEO) and zone of aspired development (ZAD) which can be used to empower and enable various groups of young people and youth practitioners in relation to career and life development. I have also developed the “Experience-driven (ED) framework” for informing career support services and participatory tool called Map of Self-Perceived Growth (MSPG) to support both narrative research and career counseling.

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities

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