Sarah Aiston – Sarah was Convenor of WSRC, a member of the division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education in the Faculty of Education at HKU, and a key member of the Faculty’s Equity and Social Justice Strategic Research Theme. She is currently senior lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. She has a long-standing commitment to the study of the position, status and experience of women, particularly with respect to gender and higher education and working from both historical and contemporary perspectives. She has recently held a visiting fellowship at Hughes Hall Cambridge, researching representations of gender in the student press of the University of Cambridge. Her teaching largely focuses on social justice and equity issues and her contribution to HKU’s Common Core Curriculum is ‘Thinking Women: their oppression and resistance’. Dr Aiston is a member of HKU’s HeForShe Action Group, chaired by the President and Vice-Chancellor. Her work was presented at the United Nations launch of HeForShe at HKU. She is committed to working with colleagues and the wider community to advocate for gender equity.


Louise Edwards – Louise is a Professor of Chinese History at UNSW and an Honorary Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at HKU. She was President of the Asian Studies Association of Australia in 2015 and 2016.  Louise publishes on women and gender in Asia and specifically China. Her two most recent sole-authored books include Women Politics and Democracy: Women’s Suffrage in China (Stanford University Press 2008) and Women Warriors and Wartime Spies of China (Cambridge University Press 2016).


downloadStacilee Ford – Staci is a founding member of WSRC and has been involved since its inception as a steering committee member and co-convenor. She is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of History and the School of Modern Languages and Culture. She teaches courses in US history, women’s history, transnational feminism, and gender in popular culture.

She has published two books linking gender, national identity, history and culture: Troubling American Women: Narratives of Gender and Nation in Hong Kong and Mabel Cheung Yuen-Ting’s An Autumn’s Tale. She initiated courses on women’s history and gender in the workplace in the Arts Faculty at HKU. She is a regular participant on RTHK Radio 3 programs about gender, and social change and has been involved in gathering and publishing oral histories of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong. She consults with schools and organizations interested in integrating knowledge about women’s history and gender studies into their curriculum. She is currently writing a book about men and leadership in Greater China and Sinophone settings.


Evelyn Ng – As an affiliated researcher, Evelyn co-convened the WSRC for many years and helped organize annual spring workshops and seminars. She was a former staff member of the HKU English Centre from 1978 until 2000 when she opted for early retirement. She then joined the former Centre of Asian Studies (now renamed the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences), firstly, as an Honorary Visiting Scholar (2000-2002) and then an Honorary Research Fellow (2003-2011).  She is concerned that the university community should reach out to the general public and many under-resourced women’s NGOs in Hong Kong. To this end, she has invited many women leaders to speak on issues relevant to academic research and the situation of vulnerable groups in the community. She has published articles on single women, women entrepreneurs, and the family in Hong Kong.


Priscilla Roberts – Priscilla has published numerous books and articles in international history. In October 2003, she co-organized the first conference on Women and International Relations ever held in Mainland China, at Fudan University, Shanghai, which brought together practitioners and academics from China, Hong Kong, and the west. With He Peiqun, she later co-edited a volume based on that conference, Bonds Across Borders: Women, China, and International Relations in the Modern World (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2007). In March-April 2014, Priscilla raised the issue of gender distribution at various levels within the HKU Faculty of Arts and, more broadly, within HKU, and helped to steer this issue onto the broader HKU agenda. In April 2015, she organized a one-day seminar, Women, Gender, and Efforts for Equality: Comparative Asian-Western Perspectives, part of an effort to help keep these issues visible at HKU.


We thank the following individuals for their support in the WSRC web development:


Elise StephensonsquareElise Stephenson – Elise was an intern at WSRC and is currently an Honours researcher in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University, Australia. She studied at HKU under the Australian Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan Scholarship with her research focusing on women in leadership in universities in Australia and Hong Kong. She has worked throughout the region on women’s leadership, gender equity and cross-cultural community-building in Mainland China (where she studied at Zhejiang University), Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. She also develops and delivers workshops on gender-based violence, intimate partner violence in LGBTIQ relationships, and domestic violence education throughout Australia.


Kacey Man Man Wong – Kacey was a research assistant in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. She is interested in Danish cinema, new technology in the film industry, gender on social media networks, and museum studies.