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Professor Rao is a highly accomplished researcher and has a lifetime total of over 300 research outputs across her career. She has authored/co-authored 3 books and 14 major research reports. Professor Rao has co-edited 2 books, and also authored/co-authored 27 book chapters. She has over 100 international peer refereed journal articles to her credit and has also co-authored policy briefs.

  • Professor Rao’s books have been published by Routledge, Springer and UNESCO 

  • She has published in the top journals in the fields of child development and education

  • She has presented keynote papers and have given invited papers in Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America and South America

  • Professor Rao has published numerous articles in what are considered the best journals in the field

  • She has received several external research grants as Principal Investigator (PI) since 1999 including from the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Government’s Quality Education Fund, the Hong Kong Educational Bureau, UNICEF headquarters and country offices, UNESCO, Department for International Development, UK, and Optimus Foundation.  Since September 2012 I have secured research grants as PI or Co-PI totaling over HK$ 200 million



Key Research Highlights
Early Childhood Assessment
Early Childhood Development
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