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Dr Tin Yuet Ting
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Dr Tin Yuet TING

Assistant Professor


Tin-Yuet Ting is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, and his BA and MPhil from The University of Hong Kong. Dr. Ting’s research lies at the intersections of mobile social technology, platform creative economy, and spatial- and techno-politics. Funded by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong SAR, among others, his major projects examine the (trans)formation of networked public and connective action in contemporary mobile and datafied settings. His other research, also funded by RGC, investigates the uneven and unequal pathways to digital careers amidst platform precarity and uncertainty.

Dr. Ting received the Joshua Feigenbaum Award from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, USA, the Early Career Grant Award from RGC, Hong Kong SAR, and the Advance HE Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom. At The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he was a recipient of the Best Teaching Award from the Department of Applied Social Sciences and the Faculty Prize in Teaching from the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. Dr. Ting currently sits on the Editorial Board of Journal of Information Society and is a Board Member of the Research Committee on Futures Research of the International Sociological Association. He was also the Secretary-Treasurer to the Research Committee on Futures Research of the International Sociological Association in 2018-2023, and the Secretary to the Hong Kong Sociology Association at the 11th Council in 2018-2020 and the 12th Council in 2020-2022, and have served as peer reviewers for over a dozen SSCI and Scopus indexed Q1 journals.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MPhil, The University of Hong Kong
  • BA, The University of Hong Kong

Professional Qualifications

Advance HE Fellow, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom

Research Interests

  • Mobile social technology
  • Platform economy
  • Networked public
  • Spatial- and techno-politics

Grants (selected)

PI – Research Grants Council / General Research Fund (RGC/GRF), Hong Kong SAR, “Technopolitical contention over state-led social datafication: A digital ethnography of data-driven governance in Hong Kong’s counter-public sphere.” Amount: HK$579,200. Year of Award: 2023. 

PI – Research Grants Council / Early Career Scheme (RGC/ECS), Hong Kong SAR, “Self-started digital entertainers in the social media age: Work-life experiences of YouTubers and Facebook opinion leaders.” Amount: HK$440,120. Year of Award: 2019.

PI – University Grants Committee / Teaching Development Grant (UGC/TDG), Hong Kong SAR, “Multimedia storytelling and collaborative gaming: Transmedia pedagogies for active and collaborative learning.” Amount: HK$199,450. Year of Award: 2019.


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