Oliver Chan


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Sexual Offending
Violent Offending
Stalking Behaviour
Traditional and Cyberbullying
Juvenile Delinquency
Asian Criminology


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Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Birmingham (previously affiliated with the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at City University of Hong Kong). He received his Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of South Florida, FL, USA, and was a recipient of the Outstanding Criminology Ambassador Award in 2012 and Distinguished Alumni Award in 2021. To date, Dr. Chan was presented with 9 awards to recognize his exemplary contributions to research and professional education; for instance, the Early Career Award (2014, Research Grant Council of the University Grants Committee, Hong Kong Government), The President’s Award (2017, Office of the President, CityU), CLASS New Researcher Award (2017, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences [CLASS], CityU), Outstanding Supervisor Award (2018, the Provost Office, CityU), and CLASS Teaching Innovation Award – Team Award (2019, CLASS, CityU). When he was in the U.S., Dr. Chan interned and later employed by the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Case Review Units as one of its first two Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Violent Criminals Apprehension Program (ViCAP) analysts. 

Dr. Chan’s research focuses on sexual homicide, sexual offending, stalking behaviour, psycho-criminology, and Asian criminology. He published widely on these topics, especially on sexual homicide. As of June 2023, Dr. Chan has published over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters; and presented at numerous international, regional, and local academic conferences. He has since published 7 academic books, with 3 as the sole-authored monographs on sexual homicide and sexual offending (Wiley, 2023; Springer Nature, 2019; and Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and another 4 as the lead co-editor of edited volumes on animal abuse and interpersonal violence (Wiley, 2023), the African mental health and criminal justice system (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), the international perspective of stalking behaviour (Wiley, 2020), and the psycho-criminological perspective of Asian criminal justice (i.e., police, correctional, and legal psychology; Routledge, 2017). His book on the stalking behaviour was selected and awarded the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2020. Dr. Chan is now working on a number book projects related to the sub-discipline of psycho-criminology. 

Dr. Chan is the book series editor of The Wiley Series in the Psycho-Criminology of Crime, Mental Health and the Law. He is the Co-Section Editor of Heliyon, Psychology section (expertise on forensic psychology and criminology), Senior Editor of Cogent Social Sciences (law, criminology, and criminal justice section), and an Associate Editor of 4 top-tier journals – i.e., Sexual AbuseFrontiers in Psychiatry (forensic psychiatry specialty section), Frontiers in Psychology (forensic and legal psychology specialty section), and International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Dr. Chan also sits on the Editorial (Advisory) Board of Journal of Criminal JusticeBehavioral Sciences & the LawJournal of Sexual Aggression, and Journal of Criminal Psychology. Besides, he is an ad-hoc reviewer for over 90 peer-reviewed journals and academic publishers in the disciplines of criminology, psychology, psychiatry, forensic sciences, sociology, law, and other behavioural and social sciences. Dr. Chan was selected for the Outstanding Reviewer Award for Journal of Criminal Psychology in 2022.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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