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Dr. WANG Norah

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Dr. Norah Wang’s research is focused on social innovation and governance, particularly institutional developments that enable self-organization, collaborative governance, commons, rural and urban regeneration, and social entrepreneurial ecosystems. In the past ten years, she has taught undergraduate courses including social entrepreneurship, strategic leadership in civil society organizations, social capital, human capital development, research methods as well as courses of master’s degrees such as research methods, nonprofit management, and social innovation.

Norah Wang has had interdisciplinary research training in organizational studies, psychology and behavioral economics, political science, and public administration. She obtained my PhD in 2008 from the Institute of Psychology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. After the completion of her PhD, Norah did two Post-docs at the HKU Department of Social Work and Social Administration and Department of Politics and Public Administration.

While she was the senior project manager of the HKU-HKJC ExCEL3 Project, she worked closely with the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and built a CEO competency model and NGO capacity building framework for social services NGOs. Her research on social service contracting was also funded by the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme of the Policy Innovation and Coordination Office of the Government of Hong Kong SAR. Before re-joining HKU, she was a research assistant professor at the PolyU Department of Applied Social Sciences from 2017 to 2020.

As a veteran social impact analyst, Norah Wang founded IMPACT ANALYTICS (IA), a social enterprise, with a view to addressing the impact-management bottleneck facing social sectors. IA is a ‘think’, ‘do’ and ‘advocate’ tank that provides R&D support on strategies to address social problems and needs, helps organizations clarify, manage, and maximize their social impact and builds their capacities for social innovation. One of IA’s recent endeavors is to develop a Community of Practice on Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) through which knowledge on practical IMM methods and tools as well as impact metrics can be built and shared among practitioners.


2003-2008 Institute of Psychology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Ph.D. (Organizational Behavior and Behavioral Economics)
1999-2003 Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
B.Sc. (1st Honour)

Academic Career

2021-present The University of Hong Kong
Centre for Civil Society and Governance
Post-doctoral Fellow
2017-2020 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Department of Applied Social Sciences
Research Assistant Professor
2013-2016 The University of Hong Kong
Department of Politics and Public Administration
Postdoc Research Fellow
2012-2016 The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Jockey Club ExCEL3 Project (ExCEL3 stands for Excellence in Capacity-Building for the Entrepreneurship and Leadership for the Third-Sector)
(Senior) Project Manager
2008-2011 The University of Hong Kong
Department of Social Work and Social Administration
Postdoc Research Fellow

Current Projects

Sustainability assessment study under the Policy for Sustainability Lab.

LABGOV (https://labgov.city/) Hong Kong and urban commons.

Rural regeneration and cultural commons in Tai O.

Social entrepreneurship and incubation for sustainability.

Selected Publications

Wang, X. L., Zhou, R. N., Rao, J. X. & Ling K. K. (2021). Meta-governance and social innovation in China. The China Quarterly, under review.

Wang, X. L. (2021). Managing complex contracts in human services: Revisiting stewardship. Public Performance & Management Review, under review.

Wang, X.L., Leung, C. Y., & Mui, C. K. (2021). Commoning experiments in a state-corporatist state. Urban Affairs Review. under review.

Wang, X. L. (2021). Meta-governance, uncertainty, and self-organization: The case of the social service sector in Hong Kong. International Review of Administrative Sciences. Revise and Resubmit.

Wang, X. L., & Nicholls, A. (2021). Collective identity in social enterprise ecosystems: A cross-country comparison. Journal of Business Venturing. Revise and Resubmit.

Wang, X.L. (2021). An entrepreneurial ecosystem approach to social enterprise development: The case of Hong Kong. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. Under the 2nd Review.

Wang, X. L. (2020). Marketization of a statist-corporatist third sector: The case of Hong Kong. International Review of Administrative Sciences, In press

Elkin, D., Wang, X. L., Leung, C. Y. (2020, Sep). Regional and place-based approaches to resilience in Hong Kong: Nested administrative visioning and social innovation initiatives as mediator in Tai O village. Paper was presented at 12th International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC), Sheffield, UK.

Wang, X.L. & Kong, S.T. (2018). Performance management in social service provision. In Ali Farazmand (Ed), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer.

Wang, X.L., Yip, P. S. F., & Chan, C.L.W.  (2016). Suicide prevention for local public and volunteer relief workers in disaster-affected areas. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 22(3), 39-46.

Wang, X.L., Chan, C.L.W., Ng, S.M., Shi, Z.B., & Wang, B. (2013). Mental health risks in the local workforce engaged in disaster relief and reconstruction. Qualitative Health Research, 23(2), 207-217.

Wang, X.L., Shi, Z.B., Ng, S.M., & Wang, B. (2011). Sustaining engagement through work in post-disaster relief and reconstruction. Qualitative Health Research, 21(4), 465-476.

Shi, K., Wang, X.L., Zheng, R., Shi, W., Lu, J.F., & Fan, H.X. (2006). Psychological approaches to the relationship between happiness and public policy in P. R. China. In Y. K. NG, & L. S. HO (Eds.), Progress, Happiness and Public Policy (pp.169-192). Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wang, X.L., Shi, K.., & Fan, H.X. (2006). Psychological mechanisms of investors in Chinese stock markets. Journal of Economic Psychology, 27, 762-780.

Wang, X.L., Shi, K., Song, F.M., & Chen Z.S. (2004). A psychological perspective on behavioral finance in China. Management Review, 16(11), 58-62. [Chinese Science Citation Database]

Misinformation Policy Manager, Asia Pacific, Facebook

Jenna is a Product Policy Manager on Facebook’s Misinformation Policy team. She specialises in global health misinformation and misinformation in the Asia-Pacific region, and is based in Singapore.

Product Policy Manager, Inauthentic Behavior, Facebook

Sam Traynor is the Product Policy manager for Inauthentic behavior at Facebook. For almost the last decade he has been working in the integrity space in variety of roles and companies mainly focusing on protecting user voice, the authenticity of conversations, and the integrity of the civic process.

Head of Content Regulation, Asia Pacific, Facebook

Meg Chang is the Content Regulation Policy Lead for Facebook in the APAC region. Prior to this role, she was an Elections Manager and led Facebook’s election integrity efforts across EMEA, including the European Elections, the UK general election, and the Polish parliamentary and presidential elections, among many others. Before Facebook, she was the head of operations and publisher at EUobserver, a Brussels-based EU political and investigative news outlet. She also worked as a management consultant for Global 1000 companies in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. She studied politics and law at the University of Kent in the UK.

Public Policy Research Manager, Data for Good, Facebook

Alex Pompe is a Research Manager on Facebook’s Data for Good team. This team builds privacy-protecting data sets to aid response work for natural disasters and public health crises (here is a recent example from the COVID19 response: https://research.fb.com/blog/2020/06/protecting-privacy-in-facebook-mobility-data-during-the-covid-19-response/). Previously, Alex led the growth team at a startup scaling the company to 35 countries over 3 years. Prior to this he worked on access to information and Internet programs for 6 years at an international NGO called IREX; first in Ukraine, next in Namibia, and then in Washington DC. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching mathematics in Namibia from 2006 to 2008. Alex holds a BS in physics from the University of Illinois, and an MS from the University of Michigan (where he also taught astrophysics.) He has served as a guest lecturer for the University of Maryland’s School of Information.

Public Policy Manager, Hong Kong, Facebook

Head of Privacy and Data Policy, Asia Pacific, Facebook

Raina is the Head of Privacy and Data Policy, Engagement, APAC for Facebook. She is a lawyer by training and is a former regulator, having previously worked at the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data in the position of Assistant Privacy Commissioner (Legal, Policy & Research). Prior to joining the Hong Kong data protection authority, Raina had extensive legal in-house experience and held management positions in both Hong Kong and Shanghai. She served as the Assistant Chief Counsel – Head of Legal at Hong Kong Disneyland and was the Deputy Chief Counsel – Head of Legal at Shanghai Disney Resort during the initial construction stage of the project when she helped set up the legal function at the Shanghai Disney Resort. Raina held a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Chan’s primary research concerns the institutions that shape the consumption and distortion of information in different organizational settings. His current research explores how bureaucrats handle information and the impact of institutions on their choices.

Ongoing projects deal with different aspects of bureaucratic control in authoritarian regimes, such as administrative oversight, juridical intervention, internal reporting, and legislative decision-making.

He holds a PhD Degree in Public Policy from the O’Neill School of Public and Environment Affairs and the Department of Political Science, Indiana University Bloomington.

Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer, Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Dr Winnie Law is the Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer at the Centre for Civil Society and Governance of The University of Hong Kong. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on sustainable development, community planning and environmental management. She also works with a team of researchers and conducts policy research, action research and knowledge exchange projects on rural revitalization, social innovation, community engagement and corporate sustainability. Dr Law has been a director of the Conservancy Association since 2005 and has served on a number of HKSAR Government’s advisory committees including Advisory Council for the Environment. At the regional level, Dr Law was commissioned by the EU and UNDP as a planning and social monitoring expert for their city planning and environmental management programmes in Vietnam. Dr Law was one of the invited speakers for the first TedxTongChongSt’s series on Hacking the Future and delivered a talk on Future of Sustainability in 2019.

Director, Centre for Civil Society and Governance

Wai-Fung (Danny) Lam is Director of the Centre for Civil Society and Governance (CCSG), and Professor in Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. He finished his undergraduate study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University, Bloomington. Professor Lam is an expert in common-pool resource management, institutional policy analysis, public governance, and civil society. His research has focused on the design of efficient institutional arrangements for the governance and management of public resources, a core issue in public administration and sustainable development. Professor Lam has served on the editorial committees of Public Administration Review (PAR), International Review of Administrative Sciences (IRAS), Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (JCPA), Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ), and Asian Politics and Policy (APP), and is co-editor of The Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Administration (APJPA).

Director of Public Policy, Greater China, Mongolia, and Central Asia, Facebook

George Chen joined Facebook in January 2016 as the company’s first-ever policy representative based in Hong Kong, home for Facebook in the Greater China region. Currently as the Public Policy Director for Greater China, Mongolia, and Central Asia, George serves as Facebook’s “ambassador” to engage with the people and governments across the vast and diverse regions.

Prior to Facebook, George has worked in the media sector for about 15 years. George was a 2014 Yale World Fellow and a 2015 fellow of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. George is a doctoral candidate at the University of Hong Kong where he focuses his research on freedom of expression and misinformation.