Gender Studies Programme - Prof. SUEN Yiu Tung

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SUEN Yiu Tung D.Phil. in Sociology, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford; Swire Scholar 
Position: Assistant Professor
Telephone: 3943 6624
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Research Interest:  Sexualities, LGBT Issues, Gender, Social Policy, Law, Discrimination, Ageing, Health, HIV/AIDS

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

Currently, he is Assistant Professor of the Gender Studies Programme, Associate Director of the Gender Research Centre, and Founding Director of the Sexualities Research Programme, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

His studies inform and are informed by critical current debates on sexual orientation and gender identity laws and policies, particularly with a view to provide empirical evidence which has been largely absent in Asia. His research is multi-disciplinary in nature.

He is currently the Principal Investigator of two projects (2018-2020, 2019-2021) funded by the General Research Fund (GRF) of the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong*. He is also the Hong Kong Lead of a 1.9 million USD grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Throughout the years he has received prestigious funding from the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK, the Public Policy Research Fund, AIDS Trust Fund, and the Equal Opportunities Commission in Hong Kong, as well as numerous community organizations such as the Boys’ and Girls’ Club Association of Hong Kong and the Transgender Resource Centre recently. He has also attracted donation from the legal and business sectors for his research. In a latest round of fundraising for research, he has received funding from organizations such as HSBC, KPMG, among many others.

Since joining the Gender Studies Programme and whilst an assistant professor, he has 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).

He has spearheaded and chaired a number of international conferences in collaboration with organizations such as the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme.

Throughout his academic career, Prof Suen has combined academic research with external professional commitments. Locally, he serves as the Vice-chairperson of the Board of Directors of AIDS Concern Hong Kong. Internationally, he served as a consultant and data analyst for the United Nations Development Programme Being LGBTI in Asia programme, working closely with their Bangkok and Beijing offices. He sits on the research advisory board of Open for Business. He is a member of the APCOM’s Finance Inc. Advisory Group. He was a global advisor for the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association for its Global Social Attitudes Survey.

Prof Suen’s research is highly impactful and has a strong component of knowledge exchange. His research has been cited in a good number of judicial review cases in the Hong Kong court and has been presented at the Hong Kong Legislative Council. Throughout the years, he has been interviewed by international media outlets such as the BBC, Bloomberg and Financial Times and his research has been covered by New York Times and Reuters. He is frequently asked to comment on gender and sexuality issues by Hong Kong media and has frequently spoken on live-broadcast radio and TV programmes. He was a regular contributor to the South China Morning Post Letter of the Law column. His op-eds have also been published in the Guardian, China Daily, Hong Kong Economic Journal and Ming Pao among other diverse outlets.

He has been frequently invited to speak on LGBTI issues to a wide range of audiences including policy makers, business leaders, lawyers, health care professionals, service providers, parents, church fellowships, secondary school and university students, and social activists. He has delivered numerous training to government officers as well as the private sector.

Prof. Suen is a passionate teacher and he was nominated for the Exemplary Teaching Award (General Education) at the CUHK in 2018. His adjusted mean scores for the two courses he offered in the year 2018/19 was were 5.53 and 5.63 out of 6.


*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, 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, 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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