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Professor Lynn Tang

Professor Lynn Tang








Adjunct Assistant Professor

Email: [email protected]

Lynn Tang worked at the University of Birmingham's Centre of Excellence for Interdisciplinary Mental Health, before completing her PhD study in Sociology at the University of Warwick. Upon graduation, she taught at Tung Wah College.  Before joining Lingnan University, she was an Assistant Professor (Research) at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, the University of Hong Kong, leading a multidisciplinary evaluation and knowledge dissemination team for an online emotional support service for youth.

Lynn has researched on topics such as health, migration, ethnicity, gender, labour and civil society. Her core research area is mental health, inequalities and related policies, with a special interest in service users' lived experience and perspective. Her PhD research, which explores how social inequalities shape the recovery journeys of Chinese mental health service users in the UK, was funded by the UK Government Overseas Student Award, Warwick Postgraduate Research Scholarship and British Sociological Association (BSA) Phil Strong Memorial Prize. Her book, Recovery, Mental Health and Inequality (Routledge, 2017), was shortlisted for BSA Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize. Her publications also appear in journals such as British Journal of Social Work, International Journal of Social PsychiatryCommunity Development Journal, Mental Health Review, Journal of Contemporary Asia and a few edited books.

  • Mental Health
  • Inequalities and Diversities
  • Work and Wellbeing
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Civil Society

BA (HKU); M.Phil. (HKU); PhD (Warwick)

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Tang, L. (2017) Recovery, Mental Health and Inequality: Chinese Ethnic Minorities as Mental Health Service Users. London, New York: Routledge.


Journal Articles

Tam, L., Han, D.H., Zhang, W., and Tang, L. (2021) ‘Editorial: Violence and the Young: A Public Health Problem- Etiology, Epidemiology, Intervention and Prevention’. Frontiers in Public Health. https:// doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.724182

Addae, E.A., and Tang, L. (2021) ‘How can I feel safe at home? Adolescents’ experiences of family violence in Ghana’. Frontiers in Public Health. https://doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.672061

Tang, L. (2019) ‘The double hazard in recovery journey: The experiences of UK Chinese users of mental health services’. International Journal of Social Psychiatry

Tang, L. (2018) ‘Recovery, hope and agency: The meaning of hope amongst Chinese users of mental health services in the United Kingdom’. British Journal of Social Work.

Chan, C.K.C., Chan S. Y., and Tang, L. (2018) ‘Reflecting on Social Movement Unionism in Hong Kong:  A Case Study of the Dockworkers” Strike in 2013’. Journal of Contemporary Asia.

Tang, L. (2018) ‘Barriers to recovery for Chinese mental health service users in the UK: A case for community development’. Community Development Journal. Vol.53 (2): 358–374.

Tang, L. and Pilgrim, D. (2017) ‘Intersectionality, mental health and Chinese people in the UK: a qualitative exploration’. Mental Health Review Journal. Vol. 22 (4): 289-299.

鄧琳 (2018) ‘香港妇女清洁工人的口述历史: 劳动过程、工作意义和世界观’.《口述史研究》第三辑. 北京:社会科学文献出版社.


Book Chapters 

Tang, L. (forthcoming) ‘Upcycling recovery: potential alliances of recovery, inequality and mad studies’ in Peter Beresford, Jasna Russo and Kathy Boxall (eds.) Doing Mad Studies: Critical International Perspectives. London, New York: Routledge.

Yip, P.S.F , Guo, Y., Tang, L., and Chen, Y.Y. (2021) ‘Prevention of suicide by jumping: experiences from Taipei City (Taiwan), Hong Kong and Singapore’ in Danuta Wasserman (ed.) Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention. (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Yip, P.S.F. and Tang, L. (2021) ‘Public health approach to suicide research’ in Kairi Kõlves, Merike Sisask, Peeter Värnik, Airi Värnik, Diego De Leo (eds.). Advancing Suicide Research. Boston: Hogrefe Publishing.

Tang, L. (2017) ‘Mental health, intersecting inequalities and Chinese communities in the UK: lessons from the service user experience’ in Craig, G. (eds.) Community Organising Against Racism: ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Community Development. Bristol: The Policy Press.



Tang, L (2018) ‘Mental health recovery is a social justice issue.’ Mad in Asia. A journal by Transforming Communities for Inclusion of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities, Asia (TCI Asia). Launch issue.


Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer 


British Journal of Social Work, Social Theory & Health JournalJournal of Contemporary Asia, BMJ Open, Sociological Research Online, Community Development JournalHealth:, Asian Education and Development Studies.

Book Proposal

Palgrave Macmillan