Research Student Profiles

Mr CHEN, Lihuan

Social Contexts and Policies of Education

Programme of Study: PhD

Field of Study: School Leadership, Rural Education, and Education Policy

Research Topic: Leadership, Rural Schools, and Rural Revitalisation: A Study of Guizhou, China

Email Address: clh84@connect.hku.hk

Office: Room 401, Runme Shaw Building


About Me:
Chen Lihuan is a graduating PhD candidate of the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong. He has more than ten years' working experiences in administration, management, teaching, and training in schools and educational industries. He had been teaching minors and adults, providing education consulting services, and managing commercial educational projects across mainland China before he started his doctoral study in Hong Kong. Academically, Lihuan received his Bachelor's degree from Guizhou University (Excellent Graduate), Master's degree from King's College London (Distinction Graduate), and exchange diploma from the University of Helsinki. His cross-disciplinary training covered English and literature, educational theories, international comparative education, school effectiveness and improvement, psychology and learning, and education management.


Current Research:
Lihuan primarily focuses on school leadership and education policy. He also has broad interests in educational sociology, history, and reforms in China and other education systems. He is a research member of the project of “Preparing Future School Leaders: Exploring the Mentor-Intern Partnership” at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (Primary investigator: Prof Kimberly Kappler Hewitt).

Lihuan has passed his thesis oral defence at HKU and he is now working on publications by using qualitative case study, critical policy analysis, quality survey, active interview, and documentary study. He is expected to graduate in the summer of 2024, and he looks forward to joining academia in the Greater Bay Area of China, Asian economies, and the UK.


Primary Supervisor: Professor LA LONDE, Priya Goel

Co-supervisor(s): Professor TAN, Cheng Yong