Individual Award
(Early Career Research Excellence Award)

Dr Liman LI Man-wai
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr LI Man Wai Liman’s research interests fall within mental health studies, decision-making processes, social relationships, and well-being from socio-ecological perspectives. Her research covers diverse topics, innovatively integrating theories in multiple disciplinary areas, including psychology, sociology, neuroscience and environmental research.

Dr Li secured Early Career Scheme (ECS) funding in the capacity of Principal Investigator from the Research Grants Council in 2018/19. The aim of the project is to examine the influence of environmental relational mobility on the existence of enemyship. It offers a potential breakthrough in understanding the complex relationship between social ecology and interpersonal relationships.

In addition to her strong track record in securing research grants, Dr Li has produced a number of high-impact publications. In the past two years, she has published 17 peer-refereed papers and one book chapter.

To contribute to society, Dr Li is passionate about bridging science and the general public through various activities, including talks and other public sharing events. During her participation in TED Talk 2018, Dr Li promoted cultural awareness and highlighted the importance of cultural exploration in personal growth. Dr Li and her research team also shared their latest findings on a popular social media platform in mainland China.

Within the University, Dr Li has demonstrated strong research leadership and collegial research initiatives. With effective supervision and efficient lab management, Dr Li has published six papers with her former postgraduate students in the past two years. Dr Li has actively participated in research team projects initiated by the Department and the Faculty. She has served as a core member of different research groups and committees. In January 2018, Dr Li served as a core member of the Departmental Research and Higher Degrees Committee, in which she provided a critical perspective and valuable comments on how to foster a better research environment for all colleagues in the Department.

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