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Sociology Research


Hong Yu Liu is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology. His doctoral research project investigates the impact of new technology on work conditions and industrial relations.

He received his Master of Social Science in Media, Culture and Creative Cities from The University of Hong Kong (2017) and Bachelor of Social Science in Communication from Hong Kong Baptist University (2015), both degrees with distinction. He was on the Dean’s List (2011 – 2015, HKBU) and President’s Honour Roll (2012 – 2015, HKBU).

Beside his doctoral research, Hong Yu is teaching a course at the College of International Education, Hong Kong Baptist University on the topic of consumerism and identity-making in capitalist society. Also, he works for Dr Crystal Kwan at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University on a project studying informal waste pickers in Hong Kong.

Hong Yu is a regular contributor to Cup Media (Hong Kong) and Stand News (Hong Kong) on topics related to the cultural and creative economy. In 2021, he was invited by the Office for Film, Newspaper and Article Administration of the Hong Kong Government as an advisor to the Panel of Film Censorship.

Hong Yu is particularly honoured to receive the Marie Jahoda Visiting Fellowship from Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit), University of Sussex. He is also the awardee of the SUPRA Nordic scholarship, presented by the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. He was a visiting scholar invited by the Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong in 2020.

Research Interests

Current research interests: Sociology of work, work and technology, digital labour, industrial relations, the future of work.

Hong Yu previously researched ethnic minorities and their postcolonial identity struggles in Hong Kong as part of the "Capstone project" for his Master's degree. He writes about ethnic minorities and their community art participation in his forthcoming article.

Research Projects

Health and Well-Being Challenges and Interventions for Informal Waste-Pickers (current) PI: Dr Crystal Kwan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong Job Quality Survey 2020 (Principal Investigator)

New Unions as Old Binaries or New Directions, funded by the Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office, Hong Kong Government (2020) PI: Dr Bill Taylor, City University of Hong Kong.

Hong Yu was also a research assistant for Dr Stuart Hogarth for his CancerScreen project (2019). Previously he worked for Dr Tommy Tse (University of Hong Kong) for his research, titled “Creative Industries in Flux: A Critical Investigation into the Challenges, Agency and Potential of Cultural and Creative Workers in Hong Kong” (2016-2017).


Part-time Lecturer (College of International Education, HKBU): FCVM1400 Buying or Dying? Media, Consumption and the Making of Self.

Undergraduate Course Supervision:

SOC7 Media, Culture and Society

SOC9 Global Capitalism

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Liu, Hong Yu. (forthcoming). South Asians in “Asia’s World City”: Post-Colonial Identity Struggles and Artistic Self-Representation in Hong Kong. Culture and local governance.

Liu, Hong Yu. (2020). 當代中國的國家與勞工 [The State and Labour in Contemporary China]. Hong Kong Journal of Social Science. 

Liu, Hong Yu. (2019). The Disappearing Product: Marketing and Markets in the Creative Industries. International Journal of Cultural Policy.

Key Publications - Other

Liu, Hong Yu. (2019). Will AI technology worsen inequality in the world of work? THINK, The International Academic Forum

Liu, Hong Yu. (2019). Migrant workers in the digital market: China’s platform economy. Asia Dialogue, University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute.

PhD Supervisor

Media Articles

Research Groups & Affiliations


Marie Jahoda Visiting Fellowship (2021), Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit), University of Sussex.

SUPRA Nordic Scholarship (2021), Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen.

Job Title:
PhD Candidate, Trinity Hall
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