Leo Kin-Chong ChaoGraduate Student

Broadly speaking, I adopt mixed methods to study the resilience of individuals and communities against macro political and economic change in Hong Kong. My current research interests lie at the intersection of consumer activism, environmental movements, gender, and citizenship. In particular, I want to study and collaborate with the consumer movements that support local food and agriculture in Hong Kong to examine the emergence of consumer consciousness, the connection between community and ecosystem, and the contested claims on food, environmental justice, and identity in a relatively politically repressive and economically neoliberal context in the 21st century.

I obtained my Master of Philosophy in gender studies/sociology and a Bachelor of Social Science degree in sociology, both from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where I also worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant before joining UW–Madison. My previous research experiences included projects on the challenges to men and masculinity in de-industrialized Hong Kong, the tensions in gender and family roles of migrant workers in Southern China, and the intergenerational conflicts and negotiation of marital choice in Guangdong, China.

Awards and Recognition

  • Graduate School Fellowship, UW-Madison, 2019-2020
Portrait of Leo Kin-chong Chao in a red Badger jacket.


  • Civil Society & Community Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Civil Society & Community Research


  • MS, Philosophy in Gender Studies/Sociology, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • BS, Sociology, Chinese University of Hong Kong