Lau, Mandy H.M. 劉杏雯
BSc (LSE); MPhil, PhD (Cantab)

Mandy Lau is Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design. She received her PhD and MPhil from the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, and a BSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics.

Mandy’s primary research interests include urban governance and planning for affordable housing. She has published academic papers in leading international journals, including Housing Studies, Urban Studies and Town Planning Review.

Mandy is Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research, and a member of the Affordable Housing Research Network.


  1. Lau, M.H.M. (2017) “Framing Processes in Planning Disputes: Analysing Dynamics of Contention in a Housing Project in Hong Kong”, Housing Studies. (In press)
  2. Lau, M.H.M. (2015) “Tackling uncertainties in plan implementation: lessons from a growth area in England”, Town Planning Review, 86(1), pp. 7-28.
  3. Lau, M.H.M. (2014) “Flexibility with a purpose: Constructing the legitimacy of spatial governance partnerships”, Urban Studies, 51(9), pp. 1943-1959.
  4. Lau, M.H.M. (2014) “Sectoral integration and meta-governance: lessons beyond the ‘spatial planning’ agenda in England”, Town Planning Review, 85(5), pp. 617-637.

Conference papers:

  1. “Mobilization around the issue of inadequate rental housing in Hong Kong”, APNHR Conference, Guangzhou, China, 17-19 December 2016.
  2. “Affordability problems in the low-end rental market in Hong Kong”, ENHR Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 28 June-1 July 2016.
  3. “Landlord-tenant policies in Hong Kong: how have they changed, and why?”, International Sociological Association RC-43 Conference, Chicago, USA, 17-19 September 2015.
  4. “Effective governance of recreational open space? Insights from a case study in Hong Kong”, AESOP Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, 13-16 July 2015.
  5. “Increasing public housing density in hyper-dense Hong Kong: implications for recreation space”, APNHR Conference, Gwangju, Korea, 9-12 April 2015.
  6. “Opposition to public housing in Hong Kong: why?”, EURA-UAA City Futures Conference, Paris, France, 18-20 June 2014.