School of Social and Political Science

Natalie Lau

Job Title

PhD Candidate

Research interests

Research interests

Political Communication; Critical Discourse Analysis; Nationalism; East Asian Politics (specialise in Chinese and Hong Kong Politics); Persuasion and Rhetoric; Politics and Language; Language Policy. 


Natalie is a PhD candidate who is interested in the interdisciplinary research of politics and language. Her PhD research "Framing Nationalism: A Case Study of the China Dream Discourse in the Context of Hong Kong" investigates the framing and impact of nationalist discourses through the case study of China Dream in Hong Kong with mixed methods. She is also a research associate at Type Ventures, a London-based writing studio where she provides research support on reports and articles published in MIT Technology Review, The Economist Group, Sifted etc. 

Before embarking on her journey as a researcher, Natalie was a lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and she mainly taught courses in persuasion and communication. During her service, she received two teaching awards from HKBU to celebrate her enthusiasm for teaching and nurturing young adults. She also worked at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where she trained local and international undergraduate students in leadership and communication-related subjects.

Natalie obtained her MSc in Applied Linguistics at The University of Edinburgh. She also holds a BSocSc (Hons) in Government and International Studies (minored in Translation Studies), awarded by HKBU.