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Natalie Lau

PhD Candidate @ The University of Edinburgh



I am a PhD in Politics candidate at The University of Edinburgh. My defended research proposal, titled “Framing Nationalism: A Case Study of the China Dream Discourse in the Context of Hong Kong”, is designed to investigate the framing and impact of nationalist discourses by scrutinising the China Dream discourse in Hong Kong with mixed methods. Generally, I investigate political issues through the lens of language, therefore I identify myself as an interdisciplinary scholar in politics and language; specifically, I am interested in the research of political communication, political discourse analysis, nationalism, East Asian politics, persuasion and rhetoric, politics and language, language policy. 


Prior to joining Edinburgh, I was a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University who mainly taught The Art of Persuasion and other communication courses. I received two teaching awards during my service.  


am a Canadian who's raised in Hong Kong and academically trained in Edinburgh.

Education & Experience


2021 - Present

PhD in Politics, The University of Edinburgh

2018 - 2019

MSc in Applied Linguistics, The University of Edinburgh

2008 - 2011

BSSC (Hons) in Government and International Studies (minored in Translation Studies), Hong Kong Baptist University


August 2022 - August 2023

Research Associate, Type Ventures, London, UK

January 2020 - August 2021

Lecturer, Hong Kong Baptist University

November 2014 - July 2018

Instructional Assistant,

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

July 2011 - October 2014

Administrative Officer,

Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong

Skills & Languages


Tertiary Teaching

Coaching & Advising

Public Speaking

Computer Skills

Executive & Administration



Cantonese Chinese

Mandarin Chinese

Skills & Languages
Awards & Interests


College of International Education Appreciation for Quality Teaching Scheme 2020 - 21, 

Hong Kong Baptist University

Dean's Recognition for Teaching Achievement 2019 - 20, 

Hong Kong Baptist University


Classical Music; Classical Painting; 

World History; Cantonese and Japanese Cuisine; Swimming; Cat Petting and Spoiling etc.

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