Dr. Karen Liu joined the School of Arts and Social Sciences, OUHK as an Assistant Professor in 2017. She received her bachelor and master degrees in Environmental Science from the Sun Yat-sen University, and her PhD degree in Geography from the University of Hong Kong. She is the Programme Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Cultural and Heritage Tourism.
Teaching Areas & Research Interests
- Tourism and sustainable livelihoods
- Small tourism business
- Nature-based tourism
- Sense of place
- Cultural tourism
Academic & Professional Experience
2016-2017 Assistant Professor, Faculty of International Tourism and Management, City University of Macau.
2014-2016 Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Social Sciences, Education University of Hong Kong.
- Lo, A. L., Chow, A. S. Y., Liu, S. & Cheung, L. T. O. (2019). Community business resilience: adaptation practice of micro- and small enterprises around the Pearl River Estuary. Climatic Change, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-019-02562-y
- Lo, A. L., Liu, S., Cheung, L. T. O. & Chan, F. K. S. (2020). Contested transformations: Sustainable economic development and capacity for adapting to climate change, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 110(1): 223-241, DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2019.1625748
- Chow, A. S. Y., Liu, S. & Cheung, L. T. O. (2019). Importance of residents’ satisfaction for supporting future tourism development in rural areas of Hong Kong, Asian Geographer, 36(2): 185-199, DOI: 10.1080/10225706.2019.1634110
- Lo, A. L., Liu, S. & Cheung, L. T. O. (2019). Socio-economic conditions and small business vulnerability to climate change impacts in Hong Kong, Climate and Development, 11:10, 930-942, DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2019.1594665
- Ma, A. T. H., Chow, A. S. Y., Cheung, L. T. O., & Liu, S. (2018). Self-determined travel motivation and environmentally responsible behaviour of Chinese visitors to national forest protected areas in South China. Global Ecology and Conservation, 16, e00480. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2018.e00480
- Ma, A. T. H., Chow, A. S. Y., Cheung, L. T. O., Lee, K. M. Y. and Liu, S. (2018). Impacts of tourists' sociodemographic characteristics on the Travel Motivation and Satisfaction: The case of protected areas in South China. Sustainability, 10(10), 3388.
- Lo, A. Y. & Liu, S. (2018). Towards sustainable consumption: A socio-economic analysis of household waste
recycling outcome in Hong Kong. Journal of Environmental Management, 214, 416-425. DOI:
- Liu, S., Cheung, L. T. O., Lo, A. Y. & Fang, W. (2018). Livelihood benefits from post-earthquake nature-based tourism development: A survey of local residents in rural China. Sustainability, 10(3), 699.
- Liu, S., Cheng, I. & Cheung, L. T. O. (2017). The Roles of formal and informal institutions in small tourism
business development in rural areas of South China. Sustainability, 9(7), 1194.
- Liu, S., & Cheung, L. T. O. (2016). Sense of place and tourism business development: a case study of an
island rural community in South China. Tourism Geographies, 18(2), 174-193. DOI:
- Liu, Karen S.W., Gou, Gloria R. & Cheung, L. T. O. (2016). Understanding participants’ motivation and
willingness to pay for joining ecotourism training courses in Hong Kong. Asian Geographer,33(1), 23-
34. DOI: 10.1080/10225706.2016.1158117
- Mo, D., Guan, D. S., Liu, S. W., Huang, K. Y. & Liang, Y. D. (2011). Biomass, foliar dust and species
diversity of forests in ecological safety islands of urban Guangzhou (廣州城區生態安全島森林生物量、叶片滞塵和物種多樣性研究). Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae (環境科學學報), 31(3): 666-672.
- Mo, D., Guan, D. S., Huang, K. Y., Liu, S. W., & Peart, M. R. (2011). The structure and species diversity of
plant communities in ecological safety islands of urban Guangzhou (廣州城區生態安全島典型植物群落結構及物種多样性). Acta Ecologica Sinica (生態學報), 31(6): 1515-1524
Selected Professional & Community Services
- Member of the Assessment Committee of EcoGuide Certification (Greater China), Ecotourism Australia (March 2017-)
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