Professor Sik Hung Ng

Professor (Chair) of Social Psychology, Department of Applied Social Studies

City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China

Institutional Affiliations

  • Professor (Chair) of Social Psychology, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong
  • Visiting Professor, South China Normal University
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Victoria University of Wellington


Sik Hung Ng studied psychology and sociology at the University of Hong Kong, and pursued further study in the two disciplines at Bristol University, where he obtained his PhD in social psychology in 1978. From Bristol he went to New Zealand to take up a lectureship in psychology at Otago University, where he progressed through the ranks of Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor. In 1992 he was appointed to a Chair in Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington. He returned to Hong Kong in 2000 to take up his present position at the City University of Hong Kong. 

His main research areas are in social psychology, ageing, and culture. His publications include four books and over 80 international refereed journal articles. He received the Hunter Award for Excellence in Research, and was elected a Fellow of the New Zealand and of the British Psychological Societies. In 1996, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in recognition of his international achievements in and contributions to social and behavioural sciences. 

He was a Past President (2004-2006) of the International Association of Language and Social Psychology.

Research Interests

  • Social psychology: Intergroup relations, power, language and communication
  • Ageing: Positive ageing, intergenerational relations, and social policy
  • Culture: Human values, bicultural self, and acculturation

Selected publications

Allen, M., Ng, S.H., Ikeda, K., Jawan, J.A., Sufi, A.H., Waninara, W., Wilson, M., Yang, K.S. (2007). Two decades of cultural value change and economic development in eight East Asian and Pacific Island nations. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 38, 247-269.  

Ng, S.H. (2007). From language acculturation to communication acculturation: Addressee-orientations and communication brokering in family conversations. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 26, 75-90.

Reid, S.A. & Ng, S.H. (2006). The dynamics of intragroup differentiation in an intergroup social context. Human Communication Research, 32, 504-525.

Ng, S.H., Kam, P.K., & Pong, R.W.M. (2005). People living in ageing buildings: Their quality of life and sense of belonging. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 25, 347-360.

Ng, S.H., Candlin, C.N., & Chiu, C.Y. (Eds.) (2004). Language matters: Communication, culture and identity. Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press. xv+519pp.

Ng, S.H., He, A., Loong, C.S.F. (2004). Tri-generational family conversations: Communication accommodation and brokering. British Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 449-464.

Allen, M.W., & Ng, S.H. (2003). Human values, utilitarian benefits and identification: The case of meat. European Journal of Social Psychology, 33, 37-56 

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