Gender Studies Programme - SUEN Yiu Tung

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

 Yiu-tung SUEN (D.Phil. in Sociology, University of Oxford) is Assistant Professor and Graduate Division Head of the Gender Studies Programme, and Associate Director of the Gender Research Centre, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prof. Suen is the Founding Director of the Sexualities Research Programme, the first research programme in Hong Kong dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexuality issues, with a focus on sexual orientation, gender identity, law and social policy.

 Internationally, he serves 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 is also a global advisor for the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association for its Global Social Attitudes Survey.

 He has received funding from the General Research Fund of the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong, and the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK, among other prestigious sources.

 His academic writings can be found published or forthcoming in such journals as Journal of Homosexuality, Hong Kong Law Journal, Sociological Research Online, Sexual and Relationship Therapy, Higher Education Research and Development, Social Theory and Health, and others. His co-edited book on LGBT ageing is under contract with Routledge (London).

 Prof. Suen serves as the Vice-chairperson of AIDS Concern Hong Kong. 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, secondary school and university students, and social activists. Throughout the years, he has been interviewed by international media outlets such as the BBC and Bloomberg and he is frequently asked to comment on gender and sexuality issues by Hong Kong media. 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.  

Selected Publications: Publications

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.

2017 ‘Mental health of transgender people in Hong Kong’ Journal of Homosexuality accepted and published online ahead of print (first author, co-authored with Randolph Chan and Eliz Wong)

2017 ‘Older Gay Men’s Desire for Younger Men: Nuances, Reasons and Ambivalences’ Journal of Homosexuality accepted

2016 Study on Legislation against Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status. Equal Opportunities Commission. (co-authored with Wong, W. C. et al.)

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.

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. (first author, co-authored with Wong, M. Y.)

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

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 & Development34(4): 722-734

2015 'To date or not to date, that is the question: Older single gay men's concerns about dating' Sexual and Relationship Therapy 30(1): 143-155.

2015 'Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ageing'in Twigg, J. and Martin, W. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology. London: Routledge

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. Bristol: Policy Press. (co-authored with Westwood, S., King, A., Almack, K., and Bailey, L.)

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

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 (with Jeffrey Cohen).

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.

 Policy Briefs

2016 Study on Hong Kong Public and LGB People’s Attitudes towards LGB-friendly Business Organizations.(co-authored with Wong, M.Y., Chan, R.C.H., Yeung, G.K.W.)

2016 Sexual Orientation, Right to Inquire Partner’s Medical Information and Right to Claim Partner’s Ashes in Hong Kong. (co-authored with Yeung, G.K.W., Wong, M.Y., Chan, R.C.H.)

2016 Sexual Orientation and Politics in Hong Kong. (co-authored with Yeung, G.K.W., Wong, M.Y., Chan, R.C.H.)

2016 Mental Health of Transgender People in Hong Kong. (co-authored with Chan, R. C. H. and Wong, M. Y.)

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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