Dr Hiu Man Chan

Job: Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Address: Room 2.05, Clephan Building , De Montfort University, Oxford Street, Leicester, LE1 5XY

T: 0116 255 3945

E: hiu-man.chan@dmu.ac.uk

Social Media: https://twitter.com/h_onfilm


Personal profile

Dr Hiu Man Chan is a researcher, entrepreneur and consultant specialising in international collaboration in the creative and cultural industries, particularly the film sector.

In parallel to her teaching and research, she has been an active practitioner involving in a wide range of projects with over 15 years of industry experience. These include co-production film development, film distribution and exhibition, film festival, film related IP concept design, cultural industries development and management strategies as well as non-profit organisation management. 

Hiu Man's teaching style is engaging and encouraging. She regularly brings her own experience from the industry into teaching. At the same time, she encourages students to develop their own critical thinking with a forward looking and entrepreneurial attitude. She believes in empowering students and is committed to helping each individual student to actualise their own potentials.  

Hiu Man's research style is dynamic, collaborative, proactive and solutions-driven. She believes in the democratisation of knowledge and is passionate about knowledge transfer. She is active in disseminating her research and testifying her ideas in different creative ways. She is a regular media commentator and public debate curator. Her public-facing articles have been published by international media such as The Conversation, The Diplomat, World Economic Forum, South China Morning Post, CGTN and many more. 

Originally from Hong Kong SAR, Hiu Man has an intensive industry network in the creative industries across Greater China, such as Shanghai Film Distribution and Exhibition Association, Shanghai International Film Festival and Xiangshan Global Studios as some examples. In the UK, her research and advocacy have gained attention from stakeholders such as DCMS, Department for International Trade, British Council, the British Film Institute and local city councils.

Research group affiliations

People Organisations and Work Institute (POWI)

Publications and outputs

 Please click here for Google Scholar Profile. 

Key research outputs


Research interests/expertise

Hiu Man's current research interests focus on the following topis: 

  • UK film industry’s internationalisation beyond Hollywood and Europe. It particularly investigates and orchestrates opportunities in new rising markets, such as China. 
  • Chinese cinema culture, film industry and its internationalisation, particularly around international collaboration with the UK, EU, the Middle East and Africa. 
  • International co-production films with China
  • The future of Hong Kong’s film industry
  • Film and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Film trade and culture as conflict mediator

Her other interests include contextual and historical research which support above themes, soft power, cultural policy, film and international relations, film (criticism) as journalism as well as a long-life philosophical thinking about "Imagination and Institution".

Dr Chan welcomes potential PhD project enquiries that are related to topics above. 


  • PhD, Cardiff University
  • MA, University College London
  • BA (Hons), Oxford Brookes University

Membership of external committees

  • Founder & Director, 2020 - present, UK-China Film Collab (Not for profit)
  • Review College Member, 2020 - present, UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships
  • Advisory Board Member, ,2020 - present, tve Global Sustainability Film Awards
  • Artistic Director, 2020 - present, International Awards for Chinese Cinematographers 
  • Series Editor, 2015 - present, Intellect China Library

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Hong Kong Society
  • China-Britain Business Council 
  • Cinema Theatre Association

Consultancy work

Dr Chan has conducted consultancy work for both commercial and government bodies in the UK and Greater China. She is currently working on several live projects for clients based in both countries.

Externally funded research grants information

  • 2020: Principal Investigator, To Search for an Operating Model and Commercialisation Strategies for Theatre Spaces within the Shanghai Theatre Academy, International Placements, Arts and Humanities Research Council.  
  • 2019: Principal Investigator, “To Search for a Sustainable UK-China Film Collaboration: Unlocking Issues around Film Distribution Mechanisms”, UK-China Creative Industries Partnership Development Grants, Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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