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Dr. Wai Hei Samson Yuen

 袁瑋熙 博士

Assistant Professor


I am a political scientist who is interested in contentious politics, civil society, political behaviour, and health politics with a regional focus on Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China. My current research focuses on youth politcs, community participation, and the nexus between social media and popular protests. 

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Publications (Peer Reviewed)

  1. Yuen, Samson, Gary Tang, Francis L.F. Lee, and Edmund W. Cheng. Forthcoming. "Surveying Spontaneous Mass Protests: Mixed-mode Sampling and Field Methods." Sociological Methodology.

  2. Yuen, Samson. 2021. "The Institutional Foundation of Countermobilization: Elites and Pro-Regime Grassroots Organizations in Post-handover Hong Kong." Government and Opposition. https://doi.org/10.1017/gov.2021.39.

  3. Yuen, Samson and Tong, Kin-long. 2021. "Solidarity in Diversity: Online Petitions and Collective Identity in Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Bill Movement." Japanese Journal of Political Science 22(4): 215-232.

  4. Yuen, Samson and Gary Tang. 2021. "Instagram and Social Capital: Explaining Youth Activism in Mass Protests." Social Movement Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/14742837.2021.2011189.

  5. Tong, Kin-long and Samson Yuen. 2021. "Disciplining Student Activism: Secondary Schools as Sites of Political Struggle during Mass Protests." Sociological Forum 36(4): 984-1004.

  6. Cheng, Edmund, Francis L.F. Lee, Samson Yuen and Gary Tang. Accepted. "Total Mobilisation from Below: Abeyance Networks, Threats and Emotions in Hong Kong’s Freedom Summer." China Quarterly.

  7. Or, Nick H. K., Edmund W. Cheng, Ricci P. H. Yue and Samson Yuen. 2021. "Risk perceptions, anxiety and the future of international trade: A cross-national study of public trade preferences in Asia under COVID-19." Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 31: 26-40.

  8. Yuen, Samson and Karita Kan. 2021. "Of Mad Cows and Dead Pigs: Negotiating Food Safety and Sovereignty in Taiwan." Geopolitics.

  9. Lee, Francis L.F., Liang Hai, Edmund Cheng, Gary  Tang and Samson Yuen. 2021. "Affordances, Movement Dynamics, and LIHKG as a Centralized Communication Platform in the 2019 Hong Kong Protests." Information, Communication and Society.

  10. Yuen, Samson, Edmund W. Cheng, Nick Or, Karen A. Grepin, King-wa Fu, Ka Chun Yung and Ricci H.  Yue. 2021.  "A Tale of Two City-states: A Comparison of the State-led vs Civil Society-led Responses to COVID-19 in Singapore and Hong Kong." Global Public Health 16(8-9: 1283-1303.

  11. Lee, Francis L. F., Edmund Cheng, Samson Yuen, Gary Tang. 2021. "Dynamics of Tactical Radicalization and Public Receptiveness in Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Bill Movement." Journal of Contemporary Asia.

  12. Yuen, Samson. 2021. "Native-Place Networks and China’s Political Mobilization: The Case of Post-handover Hong Kong," Modern China 47(5): 510-539.

  13. Yuen, Samson and Edmund Cheng. 2020. "Deepening the State: The Dynamics of China’s United Front Work in Post-Handover Hong Kong." Communist and Post-communist Studies 53 (4): 136–154.

  14. Lee, Francis L. F., Edmund Cheng, Samson Yuen, Gary Tang. 2020. "Five Demands and (Not Quite) Beyond." Communist and Post-communist Studies 53 (4): 22-40.

  15. Yuen, Samson. 2020. "Delivering Services in China’s Fragmented Local State: The Procurement of Social Work NGOs in Guangzhou," China Review 20(4): 159–188.

  16. Yuen, Samson and Edmund Cheng. 2020. "Between high autonomy and sovereign control in a subnational island jurisdiction: The paradox of Hong Kong under ‘One Country, Two Systems’." Island Studies Journal 15(1), 131-150.

  17. Tang, Gary , Eva P. W. Hung, Ho-Kong Christopher Au-Yeung, and Samson Yuen. 2020. "Politically Motivated Internet Addiction: Relationship among Online Information Exposure, Internet Addiction, FOMO, Psychological Well-being, and Radicalism in a Massive Political Turbulence," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

  18. Yuen, Samson, Gary Tang, Lee, L. F. Francis, and Edmund W. Cheng. 2019. “Demonstration Site: Onsite Survey Methodology in Hong Kong’s Anti-extradition Movement.” Taiwanese Sociology.

  19. Lee, Francis L. F., Samson Yuen, Gary Tang and Edmund W. Cheng. 2019. “Hong Kong’s Summer of Uprising: From Anti-Extradition to Anti-Authoritarian Protests.” China Review 19(4): 1-32.

  20. Cheng, Edmund and Samson Yuen. 2019. “Memory in Movement: Collective Identity and Memory Contestation in Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Vigils.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly, 24(4): 419-437.

  21. Yuen, Samson, and Sanho Chung. 2019. "Explaining Localism in Post-handover Hong Kong: An Eventful Approach." China Perspectives 3: 19-29.

  22. Yuen, Samson, and Edmund Cheng. 2018. "Rethinking Contentious Politics in Hong Kong: Change and Continuity." Hong Kong Studies 1(1) 7-25.

  23. Yuen, Samson. "Contesting Middle-class Civility: Place-based Collective Identity in Hong Kong's Occupy Mongkok," Social Movement Studies 17(4): 393-407.

  24. Yuen, Samson. 2018. "Negotiating Service Activism in China: The Impact of NGOs' Institutional Embeddedness in the Local State," Journal of Contemporary China 27(111): 406-422.

  25. Kan, Karita and Samson Yuen. 2018. "Visceral Politics: Food and Risk in China-Taiwan Relations," China Information 32(3): 443-462.

  26. Yuen, Samson, and Edmund W. Cheng. 2017. "Neither Repression nor Concession? A Regime's Attrition against Mass Protests." Political Studies 65(3): 611-630.

Research Grants (External)

  1. Research Grants Council, The Legacies of Political Violence: How do Violence in Protests Shape Citizen Attitudes in Hong Kong?, 2022-2024, HKD618,342, Principal Investigator.

  2. Public Policy Research, Ripple Effects of Social Movements: Initial Biographical Consequences of Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement, 2020, HKD435,850, Principal Investigator.

  3. Public Policy Research, Loss of Innocence: Participation of Secondary School Students in Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement, 2020, HKD143,750, Principal Investigator.

  4. Public Policy Research, Examining the ‘Mutual Destruction’ Discourse in the Anti-Extradition Bill Movement, 2020, HKD346,725, Co-Investigator.

  5. Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme, Dynamics of participation: A study of youth political participation in post-handover Hong Kong, 2018-2021, HKD519,360, Principal Investigator.

Research Grants (Internal)

  1. Hong Kong Baptist University Tier 2 Internal Grant, Reinventing Spaces of Civic Participation: Citizen-led Community Networks in Hong Kong, 2021-2022, HKD217,000, Principal Investigator.

  2. Public Policy Research Scheme, Hong Kong Baptist University, Mapping the Networks and Impacts of Civic Engagement: Community Actors, Social Capital, and Urban Governance in Hong Kong, 2018- 2020, HKD1,000,000, Co-Investigator.

  3. Research Development Fund, The Open University of Hong Kong, Explaining identity shift in post-handover Hong Kong”, 2017-2018, HKD96,600, Principal Investigator.