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Chui Man (Ruby) Chau

Assistant Professor in Public and Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr Ruby Chau joined the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham as Assistant Professor in Public and Social Policy in October 2018. She was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield from 2016 to 2018. Before then, she had been an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong and a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. She received her undergraduate and postgraduate social work training in Hong Kong and Sheffield respectively. She studied social policy in her PhD and was awarded the degree by the University of Sheffield in 2001.

ORCID ID 0000-0003-3118-4669

Expertise Summary

Dr Chau is an experienced international social researcher. She has been involved in 22 funded research projects in nine Asian and European countries. She is specialised in comparative welfare study in Europe and East Asia, East Asian welfare systems, defamilisation/familisation, social inclusion of women in labour market and family. Her recent research funded by the European Commission is entitled 'Social Investment Perspective in Work-family Reconciliation measures in Europe and East Asia (SIPEA, Grant no. 708305). Dr Chau also has a long-standing interest in studying Chinese migrants in the UK, including their health and social care needs, transnational contacts and preferences for culturally sensitive services. Dr Chau is active in both the academic community and voluntary sector. She is a member of the editorial board of International Social Work and Journal of Women and Aging. In addition, she is a registered social worker in Hong Kong (Cat. 1, No. 15596), she has been an honorary adviser for local charities in Hong Kong and the UK for many years. She is currently the Co-ordinator of the project 'Leading the Way - Towards an Age-friendly Sheffield' which is funded by the Age Better in Sheffield.

Teaching Summary

Teaching responsibilities in Autumn Semester 2018 - 2019:

Welfare Policy (L34701 AUT UK) (L34674 AUT UK) - Module Convenor

Research Method and Research Management (L34576 UK AUT) (L34RDM UK AUT) - Seminar Leader

Dissertation in Sociology/Social Policy/Criminology (L33662 UK) - Supervisor

Previously taught subjects:

East Asian welfare systems

Comparative welfare study

Social divisions and social equalities

Qualitative research methods

Anti-oppressive social work practice

Problem based social work practice

PhD supervision:

Enquiries on PhD supervision from any potential candidates who share similar research interests and academic vision are welcome.

Research Summary

Honorary Adviser, (led by W. K. Yu), 'Staying Close or Leading an Independent Life: A study of how older Hong Kong migrants in Britain handle their care needs and relationships with their… read more

Recent Publications

Current Research

Honorary Adviser, (led by W. K. Yu), 'Staying Close or Leading an Independent Life: A study of how older Hong Kong migrants in Britain handle their care needs and relationships with their Britain-based and overseas families', General Research Fund, Research Grant Council, Hong Kong, 2018-2019.

Past Research

Major funded research projects

  1. Principal Investigator, 'Social Investment Perspective in Work-family Reconciliation Measures in Europe and East Asia', Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions, Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, European Union (No. 708305), 2016-2018.
  2. Co-investigator (with W. K. Yu, L. Foster and S. Su), 'Staying Part of the Family: Transnational Defamilisation/Familisation Measures of Chinese Older People in Britain', Faculty Research Grant, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2015-2016.
  3. Principle Investigator (with Z. Li and V. Wong), 'Health and Social Care Needs of Chinese Women in Sheffield', Lai Yin Association 2014-15.
  4. Principal Investigator (with W. K. Yu) 'Flexicurity and Youth Unemployment - a Pilot Study of Youth Employment Policies in Hong Kong', Seed Funding Programme, The University of Hong Kong, 2009 -2010.
  5. Co-Investigator (with W. K. Yu) 'An Evaluative Study of the Development of Education of Mentally Disabled Youth in Guangzhou', Keymeida and Huiling Guangzhou, 2008-09.
  6. Principal Investigator, 'Involvement of Older People in Policy Discussion - An Internal Evaluative Study of the Hong Kong Older People Policy Monitoring Consortium', Hong Kong Council of Social Service, 2006-07.
  7. Principal Investigator (with A. Walker and W. K. Yu) 'Shared Expectations, Shared Commitments - An Action and Evaluative Study of the Joint Statement Approach in Involving Chinese Older People', Joseph Rowntree Foundation: 2003-05.
  8. Co-investigator (with A. Yeung and W. K. Yu) 'Extended Study on Inclusion and Exclusion of Women in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Hong Kong', City University of Hong Kong, 2002-03.
  9. Principal Investigator, (with K. Gerrish and A. Sobowale) 'Crossing the Language Barrier in Health: Investigating Interpreting Services in Primary Care Nursing in Sheffield', Community Health Sheffield, 2001-03
  10. Co-investigator (with A. Yeung and W. K. Yu) 'Inclusion and Exclusion of Women in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Hong Kong', City University of Hong Kong, 2001.
  11. Co-investigator (with W. K. Yu) 'Needs of Chinese Women for Health and Social Services in Sheffield', Lai Yin Association, Sheffield Health, 1998-99.
  12. Co-investigator (with A. Walker and W. K. Yu) 'Social Care Needs for Chinese Older People in Britain', Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 1997-2000.
  13. Principal Investigator (PhD study with a three-year full time Commonwealth Scholarship) 'Welfare Mix in Socialist China: A Case Study of Occupational Therapy Stations in Guangzhou', The University of Sheffield, 1995-2000.
  14. Co-investigator (with M. L. Wu and W. K. Yu) 'The Normative Basis of Family Care in Beijing', City University of Hong Kong,1994-97.
  15. Co-investigator (with K. K. Fung, K. Y. Lau and H. L. Mok) 'The Impact of the Regulatory Measures on Bedspace Apartments in Hong Kong', City University of Hong Kong, 1994-95.
  16. Co-investigator (with W. K. Yu) 'The Application of the Shared Care Approach in Occupational Therapy Stations in Guangzhou', City University of Hong Kong, 1994-95.

Future Research

Future research will be built around the following areas:

  • comparative social welfare
  • East Asian welfare systems
  • Defamilisation/familisation
  • social inclusion of women
  • active ageing
  • culturally sensitive practice in health and social care
  • YU, W. K., CHAU, C. M. and KÜHNER, S., 2019. Defamilisation and familisation risks, adult worker models, and pro-employment/decommodification measures for women: the case of Hong Kong Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy. (In Press.)
  • CHAU, C. M., YU, W. K. and BOXALL, K., 2018. Combating Social Exclusion Faced by Disabled People in the Wage Labour Market in Hong Kong Social Policy and Society. 17(4), 547-561
  • CHAU, C.M., FOSTER, L., YU, W. K. and YU, Y. P., 2017. Defamilisation/Familisation Measures and pension income of women – the case of Taiwan Asian Social Work and Policy Review. 11(2), 116-123
  • FOSTER, L., CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2017. The Impact of Defamilisation Measures on Gender and Pensions: A Comparison between the UK and Seven Other European Countries Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. 25(3), 199-217
  • YU, W. K., FOSTER, L., CHAU, C. M. and LEE, M. Y., 2017. Defamilisation/familisation Measures to Assist Women to Save Pension Income and Strengthen the Adult Worker Model – the Case of Hong Kong Asian Social Work and Policy Review. 11(3), 234-243
  • CHAU, C. M., YU, W. K. and FOSTER, L., 2017. Defamilisation and Leave policies – a Comparative Study of 14 East Asian and non-East Asian Countries Journal of Asian Public Policy. 10(3), 318-333
  • CHAU, C. M., YU, W. K., FOSTER, L. and LAU, M., 2017. Defamilisation Measures and Women’s Labour Force Participation – a Comparative Study of Twelve Countries Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy. 33(1), 73-86
  • CHAU, C. M., FOSTER, L. and YU, W. K., 2017. The Effects of Defamilisation and Familisation Measures on the Accumulation of Retirement Income for Women in the UK Journal of Women and Aging. 29(6), 551-561
  • YU, W. K., CHAU, C. M. and LEE, K. M., 2015. Using Defamilisation Typologies to Study the Confucian Welfare Regime Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy. 31(1), 74-93
  • CHAU, C.M., YU, W. K. and LAW, S. F., 2014. Culturally Sensitive Health Care Services for Chinese People in Britain Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. 23(3-4), 256-270
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2014. The Usefulness of the Political Economy Perspective to the Analysis of Social Welfare in Hong Kong – A Case Study of the Retirement Protection Measures Taiwan United Way Review. 3(1), 101-117
  • YU, W. K., CHAU, C. M., BOXALL, K. and CHUNG, C. Y., 2014. Looking to the East and the West: the Double-Attachment Strategy used by the Hong Kong Government to Develop Welfare to Work Measures for Lone Parents Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy. 30(2), 93-106
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2013. Defamilisation of 22 Countries – its Implications for the Study of East Asian Welfare Regime Social Policy and Society. 12(3), 355-367
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2012. Understanding the Diverse Health Needs of Chinese People in Britain and Developing Culturally Sensitive Services Journal of Social Work. 12, 385-403
  • CHAU, C. M., 2012. Adulthood: Some Comparative and International Perspectives. In: LYONS, K., HOKENSTAD, M., PAWAR, M., HUEGLER, N. and HALL, N., eds., Sage Handbook of International Social Work Sage.
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2011. Studying the Ethnocentric Bias in the Comparative Studies of Social Welfare Development and Society. 40(2), 173-194
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2011. Ethnocentric Bias in the Comparative Study of Social Welfare – the Case of elfare Reforms in Hong Kong Journal of Comparative Social Welfare. 27(3), 233-242
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2011. The Diversity Based Approach to Culturally Sensitive Practices International Social Work. 54, 21-33
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2011. Is Welfare UnAsian – A Brief Discussion of the Development of Welfare in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In: East Asian Welfare Systems: the Role of Globalisation, Culture and Government Chinese Society Press.
  • CHAU, C. M. and WU, S., eds., 2011. I Want a Job - An Exploration of Youth Employment Issues in Hong Kong The University of Hong Kong.
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2010. The Sensitivity of United Kingdom Health-care Services to the Diverse Needs of Chinese-origin Older People Ageing and Society. 30(3), 383-401
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2009. Social Quality and Social Harmony Campaign in Hong Kong. Development and Society Development and Society. 38(2), 277-295
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2009. Cultural Sensitive Approach to Health and Social Care: Uniformity and Diversity with the Chinese Community in Britain International Social Work. 52(6), 773-784
  • CHAU, C. M., 2009. Socialism and Social Dimension of Work – Employment Policies on Disabled Groups in China Hong Kong Journal of Social Work. 43(1), 19-29
  • CHAU, C. M., 2008. Health Experiences of Chinese People in the UK, A Racial Equality Foundation Briefing Paper Racial Equality Foundation.
  • BOXALL, K., WARREN, L. and CHAU, C. M., 2007. User Involvement. In: HODGSON, S. M. and IRVING, Z., eds., Policy Reconsidered: Meaning, Politics and Practices The Policy Press.
  • CHAU, C. M., 2007. The Involvement of Chinese Older People: Aspirations and Expectations Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
  • PAYNE, S., CHAPMAN, A., HOLLOWAY, M., SEYMOUR, J. E. and CHAU, R., 2005. Chinese Community Views: Promoting Cultural Competence in Palliative care Journal of Palliative Care. VOL 21(NUMB 2), 111-116
  • YEUNG, A., CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2004. Managing Social Exclusion – The Strategies Used by Managerial Women in Hong Kong and Guangzhou International Social Work. 47(4), 503-513
  • YEUNG, A., CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2004. The Strategies Used by the Chinese Managerial Women to Cope with Social Exclusion Asian Women. 18, 101-122
  • GERRISH, K., CHAU, C. M., SOBOWALE, A. and BIRKS, E., 2004. Bridging the Language Barriers: the Use of Interpreters in Primary Care Nursing Health and Social Care in Community. 12(5), 407-413
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2003. Marketisation and Residualisation - Recent Reforms in the Medical Financing System in Hong Kong Social Policy and Society. 2(3), 199-207
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2002. Coping with Social Exclusion: Experiences of Chinese Women in Three Societies Asian Women. 14, 103-127
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2001. Making Welfare Subordinate to Market Activities: Reconstructing Social Security in Hong Kong and Mainland China European Journal of Social Work. 4(3), 291-301
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 2001. Social Exclusion of Chinese People in Britain Critical Social Policy. 21(1), 103-125
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 1999. Social Welfare and Economic Development in China and Hong Kong Critical Social Policy. 19(1), 87-107
  • CHAU. C. M. and YU, W. K., 1998. Occupational Therapy Stations in China: Economic Integration or Economic Stratification for People with Learning Difficulties International Social Work. 41(1), 7-21
  • YU, W. K. and CHAU, C. M., 1997. The Sexual Division of Care in China and Hong Kong International Urban and Regional Research. 21(4), 607-619
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., 1996. Examination of the Occupational Therapy Stations in Guangzhou with Reference to the Shared Care Approach Hong Kong Journal of Social Work. XXX(2), 18-24
  • CHAU, C. M., 1995. The Functions of Negative Aspects of Welfare in Capitalist Societies: A Case Study of Temporary Accommodation for the Homeless in Britain and Housing Policy for Small Households in Hong Kong International Social Work. 38, 87-102
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., Pragmatism, Globalism and Culturalism: Health Pluralism of Chinese People in Britain. In: SHAW, I. and KAUPPINEN, K., eds., The Definition and Construction of Health and Illness: European Perspectives
  • CHAU, C. M. and YU, W. K., From Double Attachment to Double Detachment: Chinese Older People in Britain. In: NOLAN, M., WARREN, L. and WARNE, T., eds., Care Services for Later Life: Transformation and Critiques

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