Nick Or is now working on his ESRC-funded PhD under the supervision of Prof. Will Jennings, Dr. Alexandra Kelso and Dr. Justin Murphy in Division of Politics and International Relations at the University of Southampton.
As a student of public policy, my research interest is to examine the political consequences of executive and legislative politics, media, public opinions, and social movements. In terms of methods, I tend to approach my research questions with statistics, time-series analysis, quantitative content analysis, as well as experimental research design.
My thesis is about the study of the dynamics of political attention, which has been blossomed in recent years. However, much of the research emphasis is on western democratic systems. A recent study by Lam and Chan (2014) revealed how Hong Kong, as an authoritarian regime, intensified the punctuated equilibrium by analyzing the political attentions since the WWII. Building on this, my research question is to ask whether and how the gradual democratization and sovereignty transition altered the pattern of policy prioritization in legislature in Hong Kong, by looking at legislative bills, questions, media coverage and social contentions. The interaction and relationship between each of these policy venues will enhance our understanding of the distinctions and similarities between democratic and authoritarian regimes, from the policy agendas perspective.
I was a senior research associate and worked for Prof. Richard M. Walker in College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Department of Public Policy at the City University of Hong Kong, before I arrive Southampton.
For social engagement, I am a Research Fellow at SynergyNet, a public policy think tank in Hong Kong. Moreover, as an observer of Hong Kong politics and public affairs, my commentaries appear on major Chinese newspapers in Hong Kong, such as Ming Pao, Hong Kong Economic Journal and Hong Kong Economic Times, and also on online platform PenToy.
Prior to academic career, I worked at Societe Generale. I received my MA in Public Policy and Management from the City University of Hong Kong and BSc in Physics from the University of Hong Kong.
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