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HO Hang Kei
HO Hang Kei

Adjunct Associate Professor

Office NAH 411
Office Tel. 3943 7663
Email hang.kei.ho@cuhk.edu.hk
Educational qualification PhD, Geography, University College London
MBA, Luxury Brand Management, Sup de Luxe / EDC Paris Business School
MSc, Geography, University College London
MA, Digital Humanities, King’s College London
MEng (Hons), Electronic Engineering, Queen Mary, University of London


Dr Hang Kei Ho is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR. Moreover, he is Visiting Professor of Chinese Studies in the Department of Cultures at the Faculty of Arts, and Associate Professor of Sociology (Title of Docent) at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His research themes include capital flows within global property markets, changing paradigms of the drinks and fashion industry, the globalisation of wine, housing policy and urban segregation, inequality and the super-rich, luxury consumption and brand management, and pandemic management strategies. He has worked in academic positions in Finland, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK, lecturing across the fields of anthropology, Asian studies, business management, development studies, economic geography, public health, sociology, and urban studies. He holds a PhD, an MBA, and three master’s degrees in multiple academic disciplines including electronic engineering, arts and humanities, geography, and luxury brand management.

Dr Ho has been featured as an expert across various global media outlets such as The Conversation (UK), Die Welt (Germany), The Guardian (UK), Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), The Local (Sweden), Luxemburger Wort (Luxembourg), and YLE (Finland). Furthermore, the peer-reviewed article authored by Dr Ho and Prof Rowland Atkinson, titled Looking for big ‘fry’: The motives and methods of middle-class international property investors, has won the Academy of Hong Kong Studies 2018/2019 Outstanding Paper Award.

Most recently, Dr Ho, in collaboration with Prof David Inglis, has completed Drinks in Vogue: Exploring the Changing Worlds of Fashions and Beverages (Routledge, 2024), an edited book that explores the changing paradigms within the global fashion and beverage industries.

Prior to entering academia, Dr Ho worked in real estate consultancy, education outreach, IT, and engineering.


Academic experience         

Visiting Professor of Chinese Studies, Department of Cultures, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2023-present

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, PRC, 2023-present

Associate Professor of Sociology (Title of Docent), University of Helsinki, Finland, since 2023

Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2019-2022

Lecturer in Communications, Department of Oriental Languages and Communication, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands, 2019

Lecturer in Globalisation and Development, Department of Society Studies, Maastricht University, Netherlands, 2017-2019

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University, Sweden, 2015-2017

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Sociology, University of York, United Kingdom, 2014-2015

Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, Goldsmith, University of London, United Kingdom, 2014-2015




Capital flows from South East Asia to global property markets

Cultural consumption and changing societal trends

Development studies, East-West and China-Africa relations, and south-south corporations

East Asian business management and intercultural communications

Housing policy, inequality, geographies of the super-rich and urban segregation

Investment patterns of the middle-class and super-rich

Globalisation of the wine industry

Luxury consumption (fashion and beverages) and brand management

Public health and COVID-19 pandemic management strategies


Research profile and publications


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