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Dr. AU LIU Suk Ching Elaine (區廖淑貞博士)

Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology), Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1979
Master of Social Work, University of Hong Kong, 1982
Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong, 2000

Associate Head

Associate Professor, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Contact Information

Office: Y7321 AC1
Phone: 34428768
Fax: 34420283
Email: Elaine.Au@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Youth development, empowerment and services
  • Volunteerism
  • Runaway young adolescents
  • Parent-child Relationship
  • Family
I joined Department of Applied Social Studies, City Polytechnic of Hong Kong as a Lecturer in 1990 teaching Social Work courses. Today, I am an Associate Professor and Associate Head of the same Department (now named as Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences) in City University of Hong Kong. I have developed and taught the course Introduction to Social Work for our Bachelor of Social Science in Social Work program since 1992 and I am also teaching other courses like Working with Individuals and Families and Working with Children and Families.

Before joining City University of Hong Kong, I had various experiences working for different target groups in the Hong Kong community. From 1979-80, I was a relief worker in one of the Vietnamese refugee camps in Hong Kong. From 1982 to 1990, I joined the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and worked in various positions from serving as a school social worker at four different schools to a supervisor of the school social work team and a youth counselling center during the time I was with the Federation.

My research interest and publication areas circle around youth and their relationship with families, and youth development and empowerment. As both a social worker and an academia, my vision is to create and discover innovative ways to practice what I believe about youth and their rights for positive development. In teaching, I adopt experiential and realistic ways to increase students’ motivation to learn. As the founder of the City-Youth Empowerment Project in 2005, I reach out to students from the whole university and provide them with community service opportunities to work with target groups ranging from emotional children, ethnic-minority youths, disabled youth, youth who have committed minor crimes…to hidden elderlies, the homeless etc. to promote social values of social inclusion, social justice and anti-discrimination. Today, the project is funded by the University and also the community donation for an annual enrollment of around1500 volunteers, rendering around 20,000 hours of services to over 30 community projects a year. For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/sscyep.

I have published in international journals on various youth topics with recent focus on youth empowerment and volunteerism. I have also provided research consultancy work and training in the areas of youth development and youth policy in Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. From 2004-2010, I was appointed by the Hong Kong Government to be a member of the Commission on Youth. I had also convened the 1st International Conference on Youth Empowerment: A Cross Cultural Exchange in May 2004 and the 2nd International Conference on Youth Empowerment: Empowering Youth through Volunteerism in June 2006. I was also one of the founding members of the Youth Studies Net and its Director from 2004-2006 in our department. In 2014, I was awarded Teaching Excellence Award in City University of Hong Kong and Teaching Award by Univeristy Grants Committee.

Award and Achievement

  • 2014 “UGC Teaching Award” University Grants Committee.
  • 2014 “Teaching Excellence Award” City University of Hong Kong .
  • 2014 “Excellence in Knowledge Transfer” College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Knowledge Transfer Award.
  • 2013 “Certificate of Merit in Knowledge Transfer ” College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Knowledge Transfer Award.
  • 2001 “Contribution to Learning Award” Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, CityU .

Previous Experience

  • 1982 - 1990, ASWO and SWO, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. Social Worker and Social Work Supervisor.
  • 1979 - 1980, Program Secretary, Association of Volunteer Service . Relief work in one of the Vietnamese Refugee Camps in Hong Kong.

Research Grant

  • Strengthening the Alignment of Residential Education and University Educational Aims, University Grants Committee Teaching and Learning Fund, Amount: $423,335, 2017 - 2020, 11 Co-I from 4 institutions with Chu, Sam (HKU) as the Project Leader and Liu, E.S.C. as one of the Co-Is.
  • Bi-directional Knowledge Transfer to Enhance Students’ Development through Community Participation., UGC Knowledge Transfer Earmarked Fund, Amount: HKD $200,000, 2016 - 2017, Liu, E.S.C..
  • Consultancy Services for Evaluating the Pilot Scheme on On-site Pre-school Rehabilitation Services, Social Welfare Department,, Social Welfare Department, Amount: HKD $2,579,000, 2016 - 2018, Hui, N.N., Siu, A., Liu, E.S.C., Chen, H.F., Ye, S., Hsieh, W.Y., Leung, M.T., & Cheng.
  • Youth Problems & Youth Services in Macau SAR: A Blueprint for the New Millennium – A Follow-up Study, Social Work Bureau, Macau Government, 2011 - 2013, T.W. Lo (PI) E.S.C. Liu (Co-I) Chris Cheng (Co-I) .
  • Volunteer Motives, Role Identities and Sustained Volunteerism: An Intergenerational Comparison, GRF, UGC, 2010 - 2011, T.W.Lo (PI) E.S.C.Liu (Co-I) T Rochelle (Co-I) J. Cheung (Co-I).

Publication Show All Publications Show Prominent Publications


  • Cheung, M. , Leung, C.A. & Liu, E.S.C. (2017). Advocacy journey promoting child sexual abuse prevention in Hong Kong. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. doi:10.1080/10538712.2017.1349854
  • Liu, E.S.C. , Ching, C.W. & Wu, J. (2017). Who is a volunteer? A cultural and temporal exploration of volunteerism. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. Issue 6.
  • Cheung, C.K. , Lo, T.W. & Liu, E.S.C. (2016). Sustaining social trust and volunteer role identity reciprocally over time in pre-adult, adult, and older volunteersp. Journal of Social Science Research. Vol. 42, No.1,. 70 - 83.
  • Liu, E.S.C. , Ye, C.J. & Yeung, D.Y. (2015). Effects of approach to learning and self-perceived overall competence of university studentsl. Learning and Individual Differences. Vol. 39, April 2015. 199 - 204.
  • Cheung, C.K. , Lo, T.W. & Liu, E.S.C. (2014). Relationships between volunteerism and social responsibility in young volunteer. Voluntas. 05 August 2014.
  • LIU, E.S.C. (2014). Youth's perception on the impact and meaning of Working with childrem. Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy. 5:177. doi:10.4172/2161-0487.1000177

Book Chapter

  • Hui, A.N.N. , He, M.W.J. & Liu, E.S.C. (2013). Creativity and early talent development in the arts in young and schoolchildren. Creativity, Talent and Excellence. (pp. 75 - 87). Singapore. Springer Science+Business Media.
  • Liu, E.S.C. , Wu, J. , Lo, T.W. & Hu, A.N.N. (2012). Implementing volunteer program to university students in Hong Kong – enhancing volunteer participation through service matching and organizational support. A Chinese Perspective on Teaching and Learning. (pp. 165 - 178). Routledge.
  • Liu, S.C. , Holosko, M. & Lo, T.W. (Ed.). (2008). Onward and Upward: Youth are the Future. Youth Empowerment and Volunteerism: Principles, Policies and Practices. (pp. 298 - 306). Hong Kong. City University of Hong Kong Press.

Last update date : 26 Jul 2018