Dr Vincent Cheng received his PhD in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Hong Kong. He has taught in a number of universities in Hong Kong including the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Community College of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University before working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences in the Open University of Hong Kong as an assistant professor. He is interested in crime and punishment in China in general and his current research is about Chinese drug detainees’ experiences of arrest, imprisonment, and post-release life.
Teaching Areas & Research Interests
Academic & Professional Experience
Principal investigator, Nerd and Snitch: A Case Study of Prison Culture in Chinese Drug Detention Centres, Research and development fund, HKD $99,892, 2017-2019
Principal investigator, Rituals of reintegration and drug rehabilitation: A case study of a peer education programme in Shanghai, Research and development fund, HKD$97,825, 2016-2018
Co-investigator, The lived experience of infertility of Chinese Women in Hong Kong, Katie Shu Sui Pui Charitable Trust, HKD$95,788, 2015-2017
Cheng, S Vincent. (2019).Hypocrisy: Tales and realities of drug detainees in China (Hong Kong: HKU Press)
Cheng, S Vincent. (2018). “The initiation ceremonies of incarceration”. In Bakken, B. (eds.). Crime and the Chinese Dream, Hong Kong: HKU Press.
Cheng, S Vincent. & Ye, X. (2016) The function of peer education from a reintegrative shaming perspective, In 2016 Chinese Anti-Drug Forum – Drug rehabilitation and recovery. Beijing: China National Narcotic Control Committee (In Chinese)
Cheng, S. (2010). “Fighting the White Monster: Three Stories from the Chinese Compulsory Detoxification Center”. In Fhlainn, Sorcha Ni (eds.). Our Monstrous (S)kin: Blurring the Boundaries Between Monsters and Humanity, Oxford, United Kingdom: The Inter-Disciplinary Press.
Cheng, S Vincent. & Chen, Y. (2020) Othering’ in Peer Education: A Case Study of the Rebirth Peer Education Program in China, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. Available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09687637.2019.1707775
Mimi MH Tiu, Juliana YF Hong, Vincent S Cheng, Connie YC Kam & Bernadette TY Ng (2018) Lived experience of infertility among Hong Kong Chinese women, International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 13:1, DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2018.1554023
Selected Professional & Community Services
Centre fellow, Centre for Criminology, The University of Hong Kong
Editorial Board member, SN Social Sciencs
Academic Assessor, SOC5012 Sociology of Deviance, Centennial College