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Professor Au Yeung Tat Chor

Professor AU YEUNG Tat Chor

Assistant Professor




Tel: (852) 2616 7209
Fax: (852) 2456 0737


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


Tat Chor Au-Yeung received 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. He joined the department in August 2019. Prior to joining Lingnan University, he had taught social work 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.

Areas of Interest 

  • Activation and In-work Benefits
  • Social Security and Labour Market Policies
  • Precarity, precarious employment and Gig Work
  • Social Policy Ideas and Welfare Discourses
  • Community Development and Policy Practice


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

Selected Publications

Click here to see a full list of publications.


Journal Articles

Au-Yeung, T. C. (2021). The normative construction of and contestation over in-work benefits in Hong Kong: A moral economy approach. Social Policy & Society, FirstView, 1-17. DOI: 10.1017/S147474642100035X 

Chan, S. M., Au-Yeung, T. C., Wong, H & Chung, R. (2021). Long working hours, precarious employment, and anxiety symptoms among Chinese population in Hong Kong. Psychiatric Quarterly, Online First, 1-13. 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, EarlyCite, 1-12. 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

Chan, S. M., Wong, H, Au-Yeung, T. C., Huo, X. & Gao, G. (2020). Impacts of poverty stigma of welfare recipients on negative affect: path analysis on Mainland China and Hong Kong SAR. Journal of Asian Public Policy, LatestArticles, 1-20. DOI: 10.1080/17516234.2020.1806428

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 Review30(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 & Administration53(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 Policy38(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 Sciences46, 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

‘Navigation without protection? Gig workers’ views on employment relations and social security in Hong Kong’, (with Keith Ming) 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, 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 Victor Wong), Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Durham, UK, July 2017.  

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

‘Expansionary austerity: The Precaritisation of the social policy in the post-crisis Hong Kong’, Austerity, Welfare, Citizenship: PhD workshop, organised by Social Policy Association, York, UK, January 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.

‘Social Assistance and Social Exclusion in Hong Kong: A critical review’, Asian Regional Roundtable on Social Securityorganised by Asia Monitor Resource Centre, Centre for Social Policy Studies, Hong Kong Social Security Society, Social Welfare Practice and Research Centre, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2009.


Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer

Journal of Social Policy
Social Policy & Administration
Social Policy & Society
British Journal of Social Work
Journal of Contemporary Asia
Journal of Asian Public Policy
Hong Kong Journal of Social Work

Teaching Subjects

Academic Year:  2023 - 2024

1st Term:


Non-Profit Organization & Voluntary Sector


Work and Occupation

2nd Term:

SOC3327 Social Welfare and Social Problems in Hong Kong

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