Prof. CHU, May Department of Government and Public Administration - CUHK


Prof. CHU May

Assistant Professor

BSSc (CUHK); MSc, MRes, PhD (LSE, London)

May Chu received her PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2014. Her master's and undergraduate degrees are from the LSE and the Chinese University of Hong Kong respectively.

Prior to joining the CUHK, May Chu was a Senior Researcher in the Central Policy Unit, the Hong Kong SAR Government. Previously she also provided research services for the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre Limited.

May Chu's research focuses on regulation in developing countries. This includes examining how the internationalisation of regulation impacts on regulation in industrialising economies. She is now doing research on food safety regulation, environmental regulation and regulatory coordination between regions.

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  Research Interests:
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Public Administration and Management
  • Regulation in Developing Countries
  • Regulatory Regimes

Teaching Interests:

  • Public Administration and Management
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Regulation
  • Governance
  • Chu, M. (2020) The limits to the internationalisation of regulation: divergent enforcement strategies in China’s food safety regulation. Policy & Politics. DOI:
  • Wang, J. H.; Tao, J. Y.; Chu, M. (corresponding author) (2020). Behind the label: Chinese consumers’ trust in food certification and the effect of perceived quality on purchase intention. Food Control, 108 (2020). DOI:
  • Chu, M., Chang, Y. C., Lee, C. Y., & Cheng, K. T. (2019). Perceptions of communications sector regulatory performance in the East Asia and Pacific region. Utilities Policy, 58(2019), 128-135.
  • Chu, M. (2018). Horses for courses: China’s accommodative approach to food standard-setting in response to the internationalization of regulation. Regulation and Governance. DOI: 10.1111/rego.12228.
  • Chu, M. & Wang, J.H. (2018). Central-Local Collaboration in Regulating Food Safety in China. Public Money and Management, 38(6), 437-444.
  • Wang, J., Chu, M., & Ma, Y. (2018). Measuring Rice Farmer’s Pesticide Overuse Practice and the Determinants: A Statistical Analysis Based on Data Collected in Jiangsu and Anhui Provinces of China. Sustainability, 10(3), 677.
  • Wang, J., Chu, M., Deng, Y. Y., Lam, H., & Tang, J. (2018). Determinants of pesticide application: an empirical analysis with theory of planned behaviour. China Agricultural Economic Review.
  • Wang, J., Tao, J., Yang, C., Chu, M., & Lam, H. (2017). A general framework incorporating knowledge, risk perception and practices to eliminate pesticide residues in food: A structural equation modelling analysis based on survey data of 986 Chinese farmers. Food Control, 80, 143-150.
  • Wong, W., & Chu, M. (2017). Rebel with a cause: Structural problems underlying the Umbrella Movement of Hong Kong and the role of the youth. Asian Education and Development Studies, 6(4), 343-353.
  • Chu, M. (2016). Regulatory Policy. In A. Farazmand (Ed.), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, “Global Food Security, Climate Change and Resilience: An International Perspective.” CUHK-Exeter ENSURE Funding (January 2019 to December 2020).
  • Co-Investigator, “Social Media and Political Participation of Youth in Hong Kong.” General Research Grant, Research Grants Council (Principal Investigator: Wong, W.; 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019).
  • Principal Investigator, “Determinants of Farmers’ Compliance Behavior in China.” Direct Grant, Faculty of Social Science (June 2018 to December 2019).
  • Principal Investigator, “Food safety regulation in China: a regulatory regime perspective from the food business angle.” Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council (1 July 2015 to 30 June 2017).
  • Principal Investigator, “Transnational regulation and impacts of trans-border pressure on domestic risk regulatory regimes: a case study of environmental regulation in China.” South China Programme Research Grant, HKIAPS, CUHK (1 June 2015 to 30 November 2016).
  • Principal Investigator, “The impacts of emerging environmental groups and public awareness on pollution regulation in industrialising economies: a comparative case study of China.” Direct Grant, Faculty of Social Science, CUHK (1 June 2015 to 31 March 2017)