Lau, Mandy H.M. 劉杏雯

BSc (LSE); MPhil, PhD (Cantab)

Mandy Lau is Associate 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 is particularly interested in investigating affordable housing and the socio-psychological aspects of residential environments. She has led a number of research projects funded by the Research Grants Council (RGC), including a project on housing space and the private rental sector in Hong Kong, and a project on planning disputes and public housing development. Mandy’s latest research explores ageism (age-related prejudice) and intergenerational relations.

Mandy serves on the International Editorial Advisory Board of Housing Studies. She is also Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research (APNHR). She has contributed to a number of contract research projects commissioned by professional institutes and NGOs, including a project on the liveability of public and private housing estates, commissioned by the Hong Kong Institute of Housing (HKIH), and a project on purpose-design elderly housing, commissioned by the Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS).

Fields of interest

  • Housing research: Affordable housing, housing space, socio-psychological aspects of residential environments
  • Ageing research: Ageism, intergenerational relations


  • Foundation Course of Research Methods
  • Housing Economics
  • International Housing Policies and Practices
  • Key Issues in Ageing Communities

Recent Grants:

  • Principal Investigator: “Spatial age segregation and ageism: A social psychological analysis of age-specific housing” (Research Grants Council, General Research Fund, Jan 2020 – Sept 2022)
  • Principal Investigator: “A framing analysis of the inadequate housing problem in Hong Kong” (Research Grants Council, General Research Fund, Jan 2016 – Jun 2018)

Recent Publications:

  • Lau, M.H.M. (2022) “Speculative sub-division of private rental flats in Hong Kong” in C.Chu and S.He (Eds) The Speculative City: Emerging Forms and Norms of the Built Environment, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Lau, M.H.M. (2020) “Community-based housing solutions in Hong Kong: How and why have they emerged?” International Journal of Housing Policy, 20(2), pp. 290-301.
  • Chang, Y., Lau, M.H.M., Calogero, P. (2019) “Participatory governance in China: Analysing state-society relations in participatory initiatives in Suzhou”, International Development Planning Review, Special Issue on Community Development and Planning in Contemporary China, 41(3), pp. 329-352.
  • Lau M.H.M. & Wei, X. (2018) “Housing size and housing market dynamics: The case of micro-flats in Hong Kong”, Land Use Policy, 78, pp. 278-286.
  • Lau, M.H.M. (2018) “Lobbying for rent regulation in Hong Kong: Rental market politics and framing strategies”, Urban Studies, 56(12), pp.2515-2531.
  • Chiu, R.L.H., Lau, M.H.M. & Seo, B. (2018) “The security-based public housing policy of Hong Kong: A social development interpretation”, in R.L.H. Chiu & S-K. Ha (Eds) Housing Policy, Wellbeing and Social Development in Asia, pp. 29-49, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Lau, M.H.M. (2018) “Framing processes in planning disputes: Analysing dynamics of contention in a housing project in Hong Kong, Housing Studies, 33(5), pp. 667-683.