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Prof. Lynn Tang  
Assistant Professor
BA (HKU); M.Phil. (HKU); PhD (Warwick)
  Office: WYL319, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
  TEL: (852) 2616 7188
  FAX: (852) 2456 0737

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 Psychiatry, Community Development Journal, Mental Health Review, Journal of Contemporary Asia and a few edited books.

Research | Top

Mental health
Inequalities and diversities
Work and wellbeing
Suicide prevention
Civil society


Publications | Top

Books | Top

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


Journal Articles | Top

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 | Top

Tang, L. (forthcoming) ‘Turning recovery upside down’ in Peter Beresford, Jasna Russo and Kathy Boxall (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Mad Studies: Critical International Perspectives on Doing Mad Studies. London, New York: Routledge.

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.


Conference Presentations (selected) | Top

‘Civil society in South China since 2015: Withering or re-embedment?’ (with Chris King-chi Chan), 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars, Leiden, the Netherlands, 15-19 July 2019.

‘Moving the boundaries: Co-creating an innovative online crisis support services for youth in Hong Kong’ (with Paul Siu-fai Yip, Ken Ngai and Shirley Chow), International Conference on Change and Innovation for a Better World: The Future of Social Work Profession, Hong Kong, 27-29 June 2019.

‘Ethnic Minorities, Capabilities Approach and Recovery: The Experience of Using Mental Health Services for Chinese People in the UK’, Third ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria, 10-14 July 2016.

‘Recovery and Social Inequalities: The Use of Capabilities Approach and Intersectionality Analysis in Exploring the Social Conditions for Recovery’, XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan. 13-17 July 2014.

‘Exploring the social conditions for recovery with Capabilities Approach: a case study of Chinese mental health service users in the UK’, Qualitative Research on Mental Health Conference, University of Nottingham, 25-27 August, 2010

'"Recovery" policies and service users' experiences: Lessons from Chinese communities in the UK', Conference on Promoting Community Mental Health: Issues, Achievements and Visioning into the Future, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 15-17 December 2009

‘Higher Education, mental health and curriculum’, Mental Well-being and Learning: Exploring the Connections, organised by Universities UK and Higher Education Academy, November, 2006.

‘Mental Health in Higher Education Project’, Workshop on Interprofessional Education relating to the Care of People with Mental Health Problems, University of Northampton, UK, September, 2006.


Others | Top

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 | Top


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

Book proposal:

Palgrave Macmillan  


Teaching Subjects | Top

Academic Year:  2019 - 2020:
1st Term:
Society and Social Change
Work and Occupation
Junior Research Project
2nd Term
SOC3101 Sociological Research Methods
  SOC4104 Qualitative Research Methods
SSC3319 Junior Research Project


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