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Professor AU YEUNG Tat Chor

Professor AU YEUNG Tat Chor








Assistant Professor


Tel: (852) 2616 7209
Fax: (852) 2456 0737
Email: [email protected]




WYL230, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

Tat Chor Au-Yeung obtained his PhD in social policy from the University of Sheffield. Before doing the postgraduate study, he worked as a community organiser advocating policy changes for poverty reduction. Prior to joining Lingnan University in 2019, he had taught social work courses at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include social security, labour market policies, and precarious employment. He also extensively collaborates with NGOs and unions to promote social and labour rights in Hong Kong and beyond.

  • Social Protection and Labour Market Policies
  • Precarity, Gig Economy, and Platform Work
  • In-work Benefits and Activation Policy
  • Social Policy Ideas and Welfare Discourses
  • Community Development and Policy Practice

BSSc (CUHK); PhD (Sheffield); Registered Social Worker

Click here to see a full list of publications.


Journal Articles


Au-Yeung, T. C., Chan, C. K., Ming, C. K. K. & Tsui, W. Y. A. (2024). The gig economy, platform work, and social policy: food delivery workers’ occupational welfare dilemma in Hong Kong. Journal of Social Policy, FirstView, 1-19. DOI: 10.1017/S0047279423000673

Au-Yeung, T. C., Wong, H., Tang, V. Chan, S. M., & Zhang, Y. (2024). When means-testing meets work-testing: A multi-level institutional analysis of claiming in-work benefits in Hong Kong. International Journal of Social Welfare, 33(2), 457-470. DOI: 10.1111/ijsw.12608

Chan, S. M., Wong, H., Au-Yeung, T. C., & Li, S. (2023). Impact of multi-dimensional precarity on rough sleeping: Evidence from Hong Kong. Habitat International, 136, 1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2023.102831

Au-Yeung, T. C. (2023). The normative construction of and contestation over in-work benefits in Hong Kong: A moral economy approach. Social Policy & Society, 22(2), 209-225. DOI: 10.1017/S147474642100035X

Au-Yeung, T. C. & Qiu, J. (2022). Institutions, occupations and connectivity: The embeddedness of gig work and the platform-mediated labour market in Hong Kong. Critical Sociology, 48(7-8), 1169-1187. DOI: 10.1177/08969205221090581

Au-Yeung, T. C. (2022). How are employers represented in and affected by the policymaking of in-work benefits? Policy stakeholders’ views in Hong Kong. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 30(3), 230-249. DOI: 10.1332/175982721X16497618415259

Chan, S. M., Wong, H., Au-Yeung, T. C., Huo, X., & Gao, Q. (2022). Impact of poverty stigma on negative affect among welfare recipients: Path analysis on Mainland China and Hong Kong SAR. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 15(1), 145–164. DOI: 10.1080/17516234.2020.1806428

Chan, S. M., Au-Yeung, T. C., Wong, H., Chung, R. Y. N., & Chung, G. K. K. (2021). Long working hours, precarious employment and anxiety symptoms among working Chinese population in Hong Kong. Psychiatric Quarterly, 92(4), 1745-1757. DOI: 10.1007/s11126-021-09938-3

Chan, K. K. & Au-Yeung T. C. (2021). Impact of precarious employment on retirement planning for young workers and their parents: the case of Hong Kong. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 41(11/12), 1278-1289. DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-07-2020-0265

Chan, S. M., Wong, H, Chung, R. & Au-Yeung, T. C. (2021). Association of living density with anxiety and stress: A cross-sectional population study in Hong Kong. Health & Social Care in the Community, 29(4). DOI: 10.1111/hsc.13136

Au-Yeung, T. C. & Chan, K. K. (2020). Crafting the financial-subject: A qualitative study of young workers’ experiences in financialised pension investment in Hong Kong. Journal of Social Policy, 49(2), 323-341. DOI: 10.1017/S0047279419000345

Wong, V. & Au-Yeung, T. C. (2019). Autonomous precarity or precarious autonomy? Dilemmas of young workers in Hong Kong. Economic and Labour Relations Review, 30(2), 241-641. DOI: 10.1177/1035304619838976 

Wong, V. & Au-Yeung, T. C. (2019). Expediting youth’s entry into employment whilst overlooking precariousness: Flexi-employability and disciplinary activation in Hong Kong. Social Policy & Administration, 53(5), 793-809. DOI: 10.1111/spol.12418

Wong, V. & Au-Yeung, T. C. (2018). How do ideas and discourses construct youth policies: The case of Hong Kong. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 38(3/4), 280-294. DOI: 10.1108/IJSSP-08-2017-0104 

Au-Yeung, T. C. (2014). Youth Poverty and New Social Risks in Hong Kong: A Review of Theories and Institutions. Hong Kong Journal of Social Sciences, 46, 1-19. (in Chinese)


Books and Book Chapters


Au-Yeung, T. C. & Li, Y. H. (2021). Severance Payment and CSSA as the Unemployment Protection in Hong Kong. Policy Bulletin, 29, 4-7. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Council of Social Service. (in Chinese)

Au-Yeung, T. C. (2019). The Principle, Limitation, and Advocacy of CSSA Review. Policy Bulletin, 27, 4-7. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Council of Social Service. (in Chinese)

Au-Yeung, T. C. (2019). Community Development, Social Work and Social Policy: Challenging the Authoritarian Neoliberalism. In Community Development Resource Book. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Council of Social Service. (in Chinese)

Au-Yeung, T. C. & Wong, W. P. (2017). The Unfinished Social Security in Hong Kong: A Critical Introduction (未完成的香港社會保障:批判的導論). Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Book Company. (in Chinese)

Au-Yeung, T. C. & Shiu, K. C. (2015). Politics of ‘Hea”: A Cultural Perspective. In Shiu, K. C. & Leung, S. K. (Eds.), Making Sense of Young People in Hong Kong: Discourse and Dialogue (悠關青春:青年工作的論述與對話). Hong Kong: Centre for Youth Research and Practice, Hong Kong Baptist University. (In Chinese)

Au-Yeung, T. C. (2013). The Making and Alleviation of In-work Poverty: The Changing Labour and Welfare regimes in Hong Kong. In Law, K. Y. & Cheng, Y. S. (Eds), On the Chessboard: Donald Tsang’s Legacy for CY Leung (留給梁振英的棋局:通析曾蔭權時代). Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press. (in Chinese)


Selected Conference Presentations

‘Quantity over quality? Care and labour relations of the platform-mediated care work in Hong Kong’s gig economy and welfare system’, (with Chan, C. & Tsui, A.) presented in the Annual Conference of Social Policy Association, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, July 2023.  

‘Beyond work-first activation in a productivist welfare regime? A micro-institutional approach to old-aged employment service in Hong Kong’, (with Chan, K. K.) presented in the 18th Annual Conference of the East Asian Social Policy Research Network, Yonsei University, South Korea, June 2022. 

‘Navigation without protection? Gig workers’ views on employment relations and social security in Hong Kong’, (with Ming, K.) presented in the 17th Annual Conference of the East Asian Social Policy Research Network & 27th Annual Conference of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, July 2021.

‘Towards a new research agenda on the social security and platform workers: Lessons from Hong Kong’, presented in the 6th International Conference of Social Policy and Governance Innovation, organised by Lingnan University, Hong Kong, October 2019.

‘The diversity of precarious employment of young workers in Hong Kong’ (with Wong, V.), Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Durham University, UK, July 2017.  

‘How do ideas matter in constructing and construing youth policy? The case of Hong Kong’ (with Wong, V.), Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Belfast Metropolitan College, UK, July 2016.

‘Rethinking social protection reforms in Hong Kong: An ideational examination’, Social security East and West: Common challenges, distinctive solutions? organised by Foundation for International Social Security, 22nd Annual Conference, Hong Kong, June 2015.

‘In response to the workfare reform and poverty alleviation: The welfare movement in Hong Kong’, 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda, organised by International Association of School of Social Work, International Council of Social Welfare and International Federation of Social Workers, Hong Kong, June, 2010.


Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer

  • Journal of Social Policy
  • Social Policy & Administration
  • Social Policy & Society
  • British Journal of Social Work
  • Competition & Change
  • Journal of Contemporary Asia
  • Journal of Asian Public Policy
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development
  • Social Sciences & Humanities Open
  • Hong Kong Journal of Social Work

Academic Year:  2023 - 2024

1st Term:


Non-profit Organization & Voluntary Sector



Work and Occupation

2nd Term:


Social Welfare and Social Problems in Hong Kong











Chief Supervisor:  Mr. WONG Chi Kuen (MPhil Student), Ms AWUKU Emefa Tonorgbevi (PhD Student)