Prof. Lucia Siu Assistant Professor
BSc (CUHK); MSc (Edinburgh); PhD (Edinburgh)
Office: WYL228, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
TEL: (852) 2616 7208
FAX: (852) 2456 0737

Lucia Siu got her PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She was a Hong Kong journalist in 1994-2001, covering technology, finance and environment issues in four Chinese newspapers. She joined Lingnan University in Jan 2008.


Research | Top

  1. Economic sociology
  2. Urban sociology
  3. Technology and society

Lucia is researching the social consensus of money tokens, including military Japanese yen during WW2, the Octopus and Mondex payment cards, and Bitcoin. Her past research includes the online community of Ingress, sociological issues in China’s commodity futures markets, and Hong Kong’s dotcom bubble.


Research project | Top

Research Grant Council’s General Research Fund, “The Sign We Trust – the building of social consensus”. Grant awarded: HK$521,400. In collaboration with K.F. Lo, W.K. Heung and W.L. Leung. Study period: Jan 2014 – Dec 2016.


Publications | Top

Refereed Journal Articles | Top

Lucia Siu (under review), "Carving a Wall to Keep Friends In -- An Ethnographic Account in the Cyberspace of Ingress". [abstract]

Lucia Siu (2010), "Gangs in the markets: network-based cognition in China's futures industry", International Journal of China Studies 1(2), October 2010, pp371-389.

Lucia Siu (2012). Book review on "Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong" by Gordon Mathews, Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, volume 8 issue 1, p87-89.


Book chapter | Top

Lucia Siu (2012). "Geographies of Finance: The state-enterprise clusters of China" in Karin Knorr Cetina & Alex Preda (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Finance, pp450-470, Oxford University Press.

Donald MacKenzie, Fabian Muniesa and Lucia Siu (2007), "Introduction" in Do Economists Make Markets? - On the Performativity of Economics, pp1-19, Princeton: Princeton University Press.


Edited books | Top

Donald MacKenzie, Fabian Muniesa and Lucia Siu (eds.) (2007), Do Economists Make Markets? -On the Performativity of Economics, 373 pages, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

 C.N. Leung, T.Y. Lo, Kenneth Wong and Lucia Siu (2004), Kwai Tsing: Past and Present, Inheritance and Breakthrough 《葵青:舊貌新顏‧傳承與突破》, 189 pages, Hong Kong: Kwai Tsing District Council.

 A small amount of contribution in Hong Kong Economic Times (2007), Hong Kong, Wake Up! Keeping up amid Competitions and Crises 《香港,醒醒! - 危機重重 怎保競爭力》, 288 pages, Hong Kong: Hong Kong Economic Times.


Conference and Working Papers | Top

“Ming notes: China's experimental transition from gold to paper”, presented at the Money, Finance and Everyday life in China workshop at East China East China Normal University, Shanghai, 19 Jun 2015.

A small contribution in "An international experiment in mundane economic exchanges: Coming up with value in different places" by MARTA, Gasparin; NEYLAND, Daniel; and SIU, Lucia. Presented by Daniel Neyland at the Everyday Market Lives Workshop at the University of Warwick, 13 Feb 2015.

“A Currency based on Coercion: The circulation of Japanese military yen in Hong Kong during 1941-45”, 2014 EASST Conference - Situating Solidarities: social challenges for science and technology studies (Panel: Can markets solve problems?), Sep 2014, Toruñ.

“Carving out a Walled Village to Imprison Friends: Durkheimian solidarity in the cyberspace of Ingress”, Videogame Cultures and the Future of Interactive Entertainment (organized by, July 2014, Oxford.

Lucia Siu (2013). "A typology of performativities", to be presented in the 15th Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organisation Studies (APROS) Conference: Recovering Organizations, 15-17 Feb 2013, Tokyo: Hitotsubashi University.

Lucia Siu (2012). "Purity and Danger: in Locusts and Protesting Parents", presented in the 14th Hong Kong Sociological Association Annual Meeting, 1 Dec 2012, the HKUST.

David M. Kennedy, Lucia Siu and L. Zou (2011). "Clustering Effect of Assessment Tasks", presented in the TERA Interntaional Conference on Education, 15-18 Dec 2011, Kaohsiung.

Lucia Siu (2011) Understanding nuclear risks: from the perspectives of high reliability theory and normal accident theory. Presented at Research workshop on Effective governance for energy security in Hong Kong: improving public engagement and public trust in nuclear decision-making, 12 Dec 2011, the Kadoorie Institute, University of Hong Kong.

Lucia Siu (2011). "Applying the normal accident theory on financial markets", presented in October 2011 in the workshop on Integration of Technology into Society (START 2011), Tsinghua University (Centre for STS) and Technische Universitat Munchen (Carl von Linde-Akademie), Beijing, China.

Lucia Siu (2010), "Feedback Loop of Trust: Speculating politics in China’s futures Markets", presented in the 35th Society of Science & Technology Studies (4S) Annual Meeting, University of Tokyo, 24-29 Aug 2010.

Lucia Siu (2010), "Communist Derivatives: State-Market Boundary in China's Emergent Futures Industry", presented in "China in Transition: Economic Reform and Social Change", Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya, 21-22 Jul 2010.

Lucia Siu (2008), "Conducting Ethnography in China", presented in the Hong Kong Sociological Association (HKSA) Annual Meeting, 6 Dec 2008. [extended abstract]

Lucia Siu (2008), "The Floor in Red: Shifting gender and occupational identities in a Chinese futures exchange", presented in the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting 2008, San Francisco, 19-23 Nov 2008.

Lucia Siu (2008), "Coercing Consensus: Unintended success of the Octopus electronic payment system", presented in the 6th International Conference on Politics and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (PISTA), Orlando, 29 Jun - 2 Jul 2008.
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Dissertations | Top

Lucia Siu (2008), “Cadres, Gangs and Prophets : the commodity futures markets of China", PhD thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Lucia Siu (2002), "Swarm, Shadow, Pheromone and Guerilla : clashing rationalities in the dotcom bubble", MSc dissertation, University of Edinburgh.


Membership in Professional Organizations | Top

  • Member, British Sociological Association (BSA)

  • Life member, Hong Kong Sociological Association (HKSA)

  • Member, Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union (HKPTU)



 Teaching Subjects | Top

Academic Year:  2014-2015:
1st Term : SSC217/SSC3217 Statistics for Social Science
2nd Term: CCC8002 The Making of Hong Kong

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