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Dr. NIE Lin

Ph.D. (HKU), M.A. (Tsinghua), B.A. (UIBE)
Post-doctoral fellow


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Dr. NIE Lin (聶琳) received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Hong Kong in 2017. Her research focuses on nonprofit accountability & transparency, third sector-government relationship, giving & volunteering behaviors. At the institutional level, her research concerns how the regime and bureaucratic system shape the environment of the third sector; at the organizational level, she deals with board-management structure of civil society organizations; and at the individual level, she explores the internal drivers for charitable behaviors as donating and volunteering. She has been involved in several research projects as funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, etc.




2012-2017 The University of Hong Kong
Ph.D. in Public Administration


2010-2012 Tsinghua University
M.A. in Public Management


2006-2010 University of International Business and Economics
B.A. in Public Administration


Academic Career

2018-present The University of Hong Kong
Centre for Civil Society and Governance
Post-doctoral Fellow

2017-2018 The University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Assistant


Selected Publications

“Online or Offline? Nonprofits’ Choice and Use of Social Media in Hong Kong” (with W. F. Lam), Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, online first, 10.1007/s11266-019-00128-1, 2019.

“Conducive Micro- and Meso-Contexts and Situations” (with R. Nesbit, etc.), in D. H. Smith, R. Stebbins and J. Grotz, ed., The Palgrave Research Handbook of Volunteering and Nonprofit Associations, Palgrave Macmillan, 10.1007/978-1-137-26317-9, 2017.

“Exploring Factors That Influence Voluntary Disclosure by Chinese Foundations” (with H. Liu & W. Cheng), Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Vol. 27, No. 5, 2374-2400, 10.1007/s11266-016-9689-0, 2016.