Before serving as Dean of Arts at Hong Kong University (2005–2013), Professor Louie was Professor of Chinese at University of Queensland and the Australian National University.
Currently, he is Adjunct Professor, School of Humanities and Languages at the University of NSW and Honorary Professor, School of Chinese at Hong Kong University.
He has served on a number of committees such as the Cultural and Educational Advisory Committee of Queensland-China Council and the Australia-China Council.
As well as authoring numerous articles and government reports, he has published eighteen books on various aspects of Chinese culture, including Chinese Masculinities in a Globalising World(Routledge 2015); Diasporic Chineseness after the Rise of China (co-editor) (British Columbia University Press 2013) and editor of Hong Kong Culture: Word and Image (Hong Kong University Press, 2010) and The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
He was also Chief Editor of the journal Asian Studies Review (from 1998 to 2006).