Evelyn KWOK, Dr

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Evelyn Kwok is a spatial designer and researcher. She studied her BA (1st Hons) in Spatial Design at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia and later completed her PhD in the same school in 2018. Her research interests lie at the intersection of gender, labor and space, how marginal communities in urban spaces use public space, ethnographic methodologies in design research, migration and invisible economies and socially-engaged art and design. She has co-curated and presented in exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong and London. She has taught extensively across Dip, BA and MA level in design school and architecture school in exhibition design, spatial design, experience design, architecture theory and other studio practices.

Her monograph with Edinburg University Press, Spatial Agency and Occupation: Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong will be published in November 2024. This monograph is one of the outputs of her GRF project, where she is principal investigator - Domestic Work in Hong Kong: Gender, Labour and Space (2022-2024). This project includes another output, a podcast aptly titled 'Who's Doing the Dishes?', which will be launched in mid-2024

Concurrently, she is part of the interdisciplinary research group Marginalised Population Studies with HKBU Faculty of Arts and since December 2023 has launched the podcast and comic project, Untold Hong Kong Stories: Multimedia Stories from the Margins. She has as an upcoming book chapter that reflects on the challenges of conducting ethnographic fieldwork in design research (Routledge 2024). 

She is co-supervisor of two PhD students at the academy. She is also the coordinator of the Social Transformation theme group of Shared Campus (2020- present), which creates summer curricula and interdisciplinary and cross-cultural exchanges across multiple global university partners in teaching and research.

Research Interests

Socially Engaged Art and Design
Urban Studies
Architecture Theory
Migration Studies
Interdisciplinary Research
Postcolonial Studies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Design, University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 12 Oct 2018

Bachelor, Spatial Design (Hons), University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 28 Oct 2011


  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • socially engaged art
  • Social-ecological systems
  • NA Architecture
  • Space and spatiality
  • Cities
  • HM Sociology
  • Urban Geography
  • Migration
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • HQ The family. Marriage. Woman


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