Hang Kei Ho
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Dr Hang Kei Ho works in the Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University. His research interests include the geographies of consumption in relation to cultural identity; global alcohol industry with a specific focus on wine consumption in Hong Kong; changing identity of Hong Kong with respect to mainland China and the West; super-rich and the flow of capital from South East Asia, especially Hong Kong to UK's property market.
Nyckelord: museums hong kong china wine alcohol consumption property investment london super-rich arts geography
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- PhD (University College London)
- MSc (University College London)
- MA (King’s College London)
- MEng (Hons) (Queen Mary, University of London)
I joined the Department of Sociology as Postdoctoral Researcher in 2014. I worked with Prof Rowland Atkinson (Sheffield) and Prof Roger Burrows (Goldsmiths) on an ESRC-RGC HK (Economic and Social Research Council-Research Grants Council of Hong Kong) funded project which investigated the socio-economic implications of real estate investment in London by the Hong Kong super-rich. I was also a Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London.
In 2013 I defended my doctoral thesis on Drinking Bordeaux in the 'new' Hong Kong: Exploring changing identities through alcohol consumption. An over-arching theme of my thesis is the way that Hong Kong deals with the West through consumption. My research focused on the geographies of consumption, drinking cultures and the contemporary cultural economy of Hong Kong, with references to the emerging wine industry in Hong Kong and mainland China. More specifically it explored:
- The development of Hong Kong’s wine industry prior to and after the withdrawal of wine tax
- The cultural meanings of wine consumption in Hong Kong
- The social meanings of alcohol consumption in various spaces
- How identity is constructed in drinking spaces.
I previously studied for an MSc in Modernity, Space and Place in the Department of Geography at University College London, an MA in Digital Culture and Technology in the School of Arts & Humanities at King's College London and an MEng(Hons) in e-Commerce Engineering in the Department of Electronic Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London.
I am also a pianist, French horn player, digital artist and photographer.
Master Programme in Social Analysis of Economy and Organisation:
- Introduction (2SC128)
- Economic Geography: Local Milieus for Innovations and Industrial Competitiveness (2KU503)
- Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in Planning (2KU013)
Earlier on in my career I worked in IT and engineering, I also taught computing at a sixth form college. Later, I worked for the Widening Participation team at Queen Mary, University of London and specialised in Gifted and Talented education. In this job I designed and ran higher education projects to help young people from challenging backgrounds gain fairer access to medical schools and Russell Group universities.
In terms of corporate experience I worked for a transnational real estate consultancy to conduct research for a foreign direct investment (FDI) project commissioned by the World Bank.
Academically, during my time at UCL I gave lectures on a module focusing on India and China. I also organised training conferences and worked for the Student Disability Service.
Conferences and presentations
Understanding the Uppsala housing market. Key speaker, Uppsala Innovation Centre, Uppsala, Sweden, Dec 2016.
Looking for big 'fry': The motives and methods of middle-class international property investors (with Rowland Atkinson, University of Sheffield). Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, October 2016.
From Hong Kong to London, and the Northern England: Middle-Class Securing a Financial Future through International Property Investment in an Insecure World. Financial elites, governance, and (connecting) financial spaces, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London August-September 2016.
A China dream or Hongkongers' nightmare? Identifying opportunities and uncertainties in the postcolonial Hong Kong. Exploring the China Dream: Trajectories and Articulations of Soft Power in the Sinophone World, Stockholm University, August 2016.
Looking for big fry: middle-class international property investment in an uncertain world. Housing Wealth and Welfare, University of Amsterdam, May 2016.
China in the world: a shifting economic paradigm. Swedish-Chinese Business Perspectives (speaker and panellist), Uppsala China Forum, Uppsala University, May 2016.
Hong Kong as a successful wine trading hub: Business practices, government policies and drinking cultures. The Worlds in a Wine Glass conference, King's College London, May 2016.
Introducing M+ as capital for a Hong Kong specific cultural identity (with Eva Aggeklint). The Fourth European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy, Florence, Italy, October, 2015.
The flow of capital from Hong Kong to UK's property market. Elites and Urban dynamics: New Perspectives, London School of Economics, July 2015.
Hong Kong at a crossroad: Exploring its changing relationship with China and the West through foreign real estate investment, education and consumption practice. China in the World and the World in China, Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS) 12th biennial conference, Uppsala University, June 2015.
The Umbrella Movement: Uncertainty, Democracy and Plutocracy. Hong Kong Film Festival, Uppsala Association of Foreign Affairs (Utrikespolitiska föreningen), Uppsala University, May 2015.
Minimum City: An Overview of the Geography and Impacts of the Super-Rich on London (with Rowland Atkinson, Roger Burrows, Caroline Knowles and David Rhodes). Cities and the Super-Rich, City University of Hong Kong, January 2015.
Locating the Hong Kong super-rich in London: Real estate investment strategies, social geographies and local communities (with Rowland Atkinson and Roger Burrows). The City Futures III conference: Cities as Strategic Places and Players in a Globalized World, Paris, June 2014.
How is the West viewed and consumed through wine appreciation and drinking places in Hong Kong? Intercultural Communication between China and the Rest of the World: Beyond (Reverse) Essentialism and Culturalism? University of Helsinki, June 2014.
Why do people drink wine in Hong Kong? Traditional, aspirational and unorthodox drinkers. Drinking Dilemmas: Space, Culture and Identity, British Sociological Association Alcohol Study Group Annual Conference, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, December 2013.
Looking for familiarity in an unfamiliar place: Exploring the expatriate experience in Hong Kong through drinking places. Migration Research Unit, Department of Geography, University College London, October 2013.
Drinking Cultures: Wine and the Mind. UCL Mind Society and UCL Wine Society, University College London, October 2013.
The emergence of Hong Kong's wine industry since the tax withdrawal in 2008. Foodscapes: Access to Food - Excess of Food Conference, University of Graz, Austria, September 2013.
Impact and media coverage
From the Alpha Territory project:
Levy on luxury London homes would net £86m a year for social housing. The Guardian, 30 Jan 2016 http://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2016/jan/30/luxury-london-homes-86m-social-housing
Call for new tax on mega-rich £5m homes which would raise £86m a year 'billionaire bonus fund' to go on housing for low-paid. The Daily Mail, 31 Jan 2016 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3425054/Call-new-tax-mega-rich-5m-homes-raise-86m-year-billionaire-bonus-fund-housing-low-paid.html
Hang Kei Ho comments on Brexit on a Swedish newspaper. The Local, 8 March 2016). http://www.thelocal.se/20160308/why-these-brits-in-sweden-are-worried-about-brexit
Self-funded PhD: three jobs, triple espressos and countless sleepless nights. The Guardian, 6 June 2013 http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2013/jun/06/self-funded-phd-three-jobs
Hong Kong, Identity and Alcohol Consumption. BSA Alcohol Study Group Blog, 4 December 2013. https://bsaalcoholgroup.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/dr-hang-kei-ho-hong-kong-identity-and-alcohol-consumption/
Member of the Board of Advisors of Sweden China Forum since 2016. The aim is to promote trade, innovation and career development for students and businesses in China and Sweden.
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