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Hang Kei Ho, PhD


  • PL 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 1A)




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Education information

  • MBA, Luxury Management, Sup de Luxe / EDC Paris Business School (to be completed by 2021)
  • PhD, Geography, University College London
  • MSc, Geography, University College London
  • MA, Digital Cultural and Technology, King’s College London
  • MEng (Hons), e-Commerce Engineering, Queen Mary, University of London

Research interests

  • Digital arts and cultures, electronic engineering and smart cities in relation to social and political transformations
  • The flow of capital from South East Asia (esp. Hong Kong) to the global property market
  • Property investment trends, housing wealth and inequality, investment patterns of the middle class and super-rich
  • Global cities, societies, urban segregation, inequality and geographies of the super-rich (the 1% vs. the 99%)
  • Development studies, China-Africa relations, south-south corporations and East Asian business practices
  • Sociology and geographies of consumption in relation to cultural identity
  • Globalisation of alcohol consumption and geographies of wine
  • Changing identities of Hong Kong in relation to mainland China and the West
  • Emerging art markets, creative art spaces and places

Description of research and teaching

Dr Hang Kei Ho works in the Department of Sociology at the University of Helsinki where he conducts research and teaches in the fields of globalisation studies.

He previously worked in academic positions in the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK lecturing across the fields of Asian Studies, Business Management, Development Studies, Economic Geography and Public Health.

His research themes include cultural consumption in the East and West, the globalisation of wine in Hong Kong, housing segregation and the super-rich, and the flow of capital from South East Asia to global property markets.

Curriculum vitae

  • Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2019-present
  • Lecturer in Globalisation and Development, Department of Society Studies, Maastricht University, the 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

Before academia, he worked in education (widening participation), real estate consultancy, IT and engineering.

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • 519 Social and economic geography
  • 5200 Other social sciences
  • Asian Studies
  • 1172 Environmental sciences

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