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Education information

  • PhD, Geography, University College London
  • MBA, Luxury Management, Sup de Luxe / EDC Paris Business School
  • 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

  • Covid-19 pandemic management strategies and public health
  • Luxury consumption and brand management 
  • Digital humanities and electronic engineering
  • 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, East-West and China-Africa relations, south-south corporations and East Asian business management practices
  • Globalisation of the alcohol and wine industry
  • Changing identities of Hong Kong in relation to mainland China and the West

Description of research and teaching

Dr Hang Kei Ho works in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) where he conducts research and teaches in the fields of globalisation studies. He also teaches on the MA programme in Intercultural Encounters in the Faculty of Arts.

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 luxury consumption and management, the globalisation of the wine industry in Hong Kong, housing segregation and the super-rich, and the flow of capital from South East Asia to global property markets.

Current teaching (master's):

  • Critical Readings on Globalization (SOSM-SL3269) (Master's Programme in Social Research)
  • Rethinking globalisation in the 21st century: the East and the West (ICE-TIG323) (Master's Programme in Intercultural Encounters) 

Dr Ho is currently editing a book with Prof David Inglis on fashion and drinks, it will be published in late 2022 with Routledge.

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

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.