Gender Studies Programme - Prof. SUEN Yiu Tung

 Professor Suen Yiu Tung Photo

SUEN Yiu Tung D.Phil. in Sociology, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford; Swire Scholar 
Position: Assistant Professor
Telephone: 3943 6624
Fax No.: 2603 7223
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Research Interest:  Sexualities, LGBT Issues, Gender, Social Policy, Law, Discrimination, Ageing, Health, HIV/AIDS

I obtained D.Phil. in Sociology from the University of Oxford where I was a 4-year fully funded Swire Scholar at St. Antony’s College. I read Msc Sociology also at the University of Oxford at St. Hugh’s College with China Oxford Scholarship.

I am Assistant Professor and Graduate Division Head at the Gender Studies Programme, Faculty of Social Science, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I am also an Adjunct Assistant Professor (by courtesy) at the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Research publications: I am a leading researcher in the area of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT+) law and policies in Hong Kong and Asia. My research excellence is demonstrated by first-authored publications in top international peer-reviewed journals, such as the China Quarterly (ranked 1st in Area Studies, SSCI) and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (ranked 1st in Ethnic Studies, SSCI). I have also published in almost all leading journals in sexuality studies including the Journal of Sex Research (ranked 3rd in Social Science Interdisciplinary, SSCI), Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Journal of Homosexuality, Sexualities, Journal of Sexual Medicine, Sexual Relationship Therapy, and Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. In addition, I have also published in other journals such as Higher Education Research & Development, International Journal for Equity in Health, and Social Theory & Health. I am the co-editor of ‘Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Adults: Minding the Knowledge Gaps’ (London: Routledge).

Research funding: I have for two consecutive years won the General Research Fund projects (2018-2020, 2019-2021). Throughout my academic career I have won research funding of HKD 2.06 million in total as Principal Investigator, and HKD 17.5 million as Co-Investigator. Internationally I have won prestigious funding from the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I have also attracted funding from the business and legal sectors.

Research recognition: Since joining the Gender Studies Programme and whilst an assistant professor, I have been a keynote speaker for four times, at the Harvard Law School (2019), School of Oriental and Asian Studies at the University of London (2018), University of Surrey for a British Sociological Association conference (2018), and an annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (2018).

Teaching: I have been the Graduate Division Head of the Gender Studies Programme (2017-2019, and 2020 onwards), a research programme that is unique in Asia and interdisciplinary in nature. I was nominated for the General Education Teaching Award of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2019.

Service: I have been the Acting Director of the Gender Studies Programme. I am the founder and director of the Sexualities Research Programme at CUHK, which is a highly successful and developing research hub that attracts international and local funding and publishes research outputs in leading international journals. I also have held significant leadership roles such as Associate Director of the Gender Research Centre, Hong Kong Institute of Asia Pacific Studies. Internationally I have consulted and written reports for the United Nations Development Programme and the International Labour Organization, and locally I led the largest-scale research in Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission’s history of commissioned research. I am an Adviser and Past Vice-Chairperson of AIDS Concern Hong Kong, in addition to giving advice to organizations in numerous sectors informally.

Social impact: I have been frequently invited to speak to a wide range of audiences including policy makers, business leaders, lawyers, health care professionals, and service providers. My research has been covered by international media such as the BBC, Bloomberg, Financial Times, New York Times and Reuters. My research was featured by South China Morning Post as their lead story on page A1. Op-eds have also been published in the Guardian, China Daily, Hong Kong Economic Journal and Ming Pao among other diverse outlets.

*Research funded by General Research Fund(GRF) of Hong Kong Research Grants Council:

Principal Investigator (2018-2020) A mixed-method study on same-sex sexual identity label usage in contemporary mainland China and Hong Kong in an era of global LGBT politics

Principal Investigator (2020-2021) Sexuality and (im)mobility: A mixed-method study on lesbian and gay business professionals living abroad in an era of unequal lesbian and gay rights development across the globe


Referred Journal Articles 

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (accepted) To have or not to have sex? COVID-19 and sexual activity among Chinese-speaking gay and bisexual men in Hong Kong. Journal of Sexual Medicine. (5-year IF: 3.754, 16/78, Top 20%, SCIE Urology and Nephrology)

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (published online ahead of print) Effects of general and sexual minority-specific COVID-19-related stressors on the mental health of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Hong Kong. Psychiatry Research. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113365 (5-year IF: 2.474, 67/140, Top 48%, SSCI Psychiatry)

Suen, YT, and Chan, CH (published online ahead of print) Relationship between religion and non-heterosexuality: A study of lesbian, gay and bisexual people of diverse religions in China. The Journal of Sex Research. (5-year IF 4.213, 3/99, top 3 % journal, Social Science Interdisciplinary SSCI) 

Suen, YT, Chan CH and Badgett, L. (published online ahead of print) Experiences of China’s gender and sexual minorities in employment: Evidence from the largest scale quantitative survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in China to date. The China Quarterly. (5-year IF: 2.923, 1/71, Top 1%, Top journal, SSCI Area Studies)

Suen, YT (published online ahead of print) Sexual minority expatriates as agent of change? How foreign same-sex couple won the recognition of same-sex relationship for immigration purposes in Hong Kong. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies(5-year IF: 3.172, 1/17, Top 1%, Top journal, SSCI Ethnic Studies)

Suen, YT, and Chan, RCH (published online ahead of print) 'Gay brain drain': Hong Kong LGB people’s consideration of emigration because of non-inclusive social policies. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. doi: 10.1007/s13178-020-00497-z (5-year IF: 2.269, 26/98, Top 27%, SSCI Social Science, Interdisciplinary) 

Suen, YT and Chan, CH. (accepted) A nationwide cross-sectional study of 15,611 lesbian, gay and bisexual people in China: disclosure of sexual orientation and experiences of negative treatment in health care. International Journal for Equity in Health. (5-year IF: 2.988, 33/158, Top 20%, SSCI Public, Environmental and Occupational Health)

Suen, YT (accepted) ‘I have not experienced discrimination and have nothing to contribute to your research on sexual orientation discrimination!’ Understanding why some LGBTI people won’t tell and can’t tell sexual orientation discrimination narratives. Journal of Homosexuality. (5-year IF: 1.876, 37/98, Top 38%, SSCI Social Science, Interdisciplinary)

Suen, YT (accepted) Older gay men in Hong Kong and later life concerns: identities matter? Sexualities. (5-year IF: 2.026, 63/144, Top 44%, SSCI Sociology)

Suen, YT and Chan, CH (accepted) Prevalence and risk and protective factors associated with HIV-related behavior among transgender people in Hong Kong. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services.

Suen, YT (accepted) Older Gay Men’s Desire for Younger Men: Nuances, Reasons and Ambivalences. Journal of Homosexuality. (5-year IF: 1.876, 37/98, Top 38%, SSCI Social Science, Interdisciplinary)

Suen, YT (2017) Challenging the “majority support” argument on not introducing an antidiscrimination legislation on the ground of sexual orientation in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Law Journal 47(2): 421-444.(5-year IF: 0.274, 131/141, Top 93%, SSCI Law)

Suen, YT, Chan CH, and Wong MY (2017) Mental health of transgender people in Hong Kong. Journal of Homosexuality. (5-year IF: 1.876, 37/98, Top 38%, SSCI Social Science, Interdisciplinary)

Suen, YT (2016) Older single gay men’s body talk: resisting and rigidifying the ageing discourse in the gay community. Journal of Homosexuality 63(3): 397-414. (5-year IF: 1.876, 37/98, Top 38%, SSCI Social Science, Interdisciplinary)

Suen, YT (2015) Methodological reflections on researching lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) university students in Hong Kong: to what extent are they vulnerable interview subjects? Higher Education Research & Development: Special issue on ‘Queering the Academy’ 34(4): 722-734. (5-year IF: 2.450, 66/233, Top 28%, SSCI Education and Educational Research)

Suen, YT (2015) What’s gay about being single? A qualitative study of the lived experiences of older single gay men. Sociological Research Online 20(3): 7. (5-year IF: 1.366, 90/144, Top 63%, SSCI Sociology)

Suen, YT (2015) ‘To date or not to date, that is the question: Older single gay men’s considerations about dating’ Sexual and Relationship Therapy: Special issue on ‘Sexuality and Aging’ 30(1): 143-155. (5-year IF: 1.372, 90/124, Top 73%, SSCI Psychology, Clinical)

Suen, YT (2012) Homeshare programme – Critical reflections. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships 10(2): 184-189.

Cohen, J..and Suen, YT (2012) Taking stock: Exploring trends in the field of men’s studies through a content analysis of the American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA) Annual Conference programs 1993-2011. Journal of Men’s Studies 20(1):73-83.

Suen, YT (2011) Do older women or older men report worse health? - Questioning the “sicker” older women assumption through a period and cohort analysis. Social Theory & Health 9: 71-86. (5-year IF: 1.457, 31/44, Top 70%, SSCI Social Science, Biomedical)

Refereed book chapters

Suen, YT and Wong, MY (2016) ‘Male homosexuality in Hong Kong: a 20-year review of public attitudes towards homosexuality and experiences of discrimination self-reported by gay men’ in Lin, X. Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (eds.), East Asian Men: Masculinity, Sexuality and Desire. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Suen YT (2015) ‘Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ageing’ in Twigg, J. and Martin, W. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology, p. 226-233. London: Routledge.

Westwood, S, King, A, Almack, K, Suen, YT and Bailey, L (2014) ‘Good Practice in Health and Social Care Provision for Older LGBT people’ in Fish. J. and Karban, K. (eds.), Social Work and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Health Inequalities: International Perspectives, p. 145-158. Bristol: Policy Press.


Suen, YT (2018) LGBTI People and Employment: Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics in China, the Philippines and Thailand. (90pp.). United Nations Development Programme and the International Labour Organization.

Suen, YT, Wong W. C. et al (2016). Study on Legislation against Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status. Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission. (243pp.)

Co-edited Book

King, A, Almack, K., Suen, YT and Westwood, S (2019) Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Adults: Minding the Knowledge Gaps. London: Routledge.

Administrative Duties

Associate Director

●Gender Research Centre, the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies

Founding Director

●Sexualities Research Programme, Gender Research Centre, the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies

Adjunct Assistant Professor (by courtesy)

●Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care


●Task Force on Education and Training, Committee Against Sexual Harassment

Community and Professional Service

Associate Editorial Board

●Sociological Research Online

Editorial Board

●Journal of Men's Studies

Vice-Chairperson, Board of Directors

●AIDS Concern Hong Kong

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