Dr Ann Gillian Chu

Dr Ann Gillian Chu


I grew up in Hong Kong and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master of Arts (Honours) in English Language. In an unexpected turn of events, I became a FCCA (Fellow of Chartered Certified Accountant). Life led me to Vancouver, Canada, where I graduated from Regent College with a Master of Divinity. I completed my Doctor of Philosophy (Divinity) at the University of St Andrews, and am currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, working with Dr Caroline Starkey to explore research opportunities related to religion and religiosity of Chinese in Britain.

Alongside my research, I currently serve as the Postgraduate and Early Career Scholar Liaison Officer of the British Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Study Group (SocRel).

Research interests

I am interested in exploring Hong Kong Christian communities and their engagement with civic society. My doctoral research explores how Hong Kong (HK) Christians conceptualise (1) democracy, (2) rights, and (3) faith and civic identity in light of protest movements from 2013 onwards. Through an analysis of ethnographic field observations, qualitative primary and secondary interviews, and archival materials from selected published HK theologians and pastors, my doctoral thesis suggests a potential first step for HK Christian communities to understand each other on their ideas of public engagement, grounded in language informed by their faith. This thesis features the lived theology of average, non-clerical HK Christians, making their voices prominent in this research. My current research continues on this investigative trajectory.

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  • Doctor of Philosophy (Divinity), University of St Andrews (UK)
  • Master of Divinity, Regent College (Canada)
  • Master of Arts (Honours) English Language, University of Edinburgh (UK)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Advance HE (UK)
  • Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (UK)
  • Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FCPA), Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Hong Kong)
  • Fellow of Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (UK)
  • Chartered Accountant (CA), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (UK)
  • Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant (British Columbia) (CPA, CA (BC)), Chartered Professional Accountant Canada (Canada)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Religion and Public Life