Researcher

Dr Yao-Tai Li

My Expertise

Race and Ethnicity, Identity, Work and Labor, Migration, Contentious Politics, Urban Sociology, Social Media

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Sociology, Social policy, Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism, Culture, representation and identity

Biography

Yao-Tai is a Senior Lecturer of Sociology and Social Policy in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW. His research interests include Race and Ethnicity, Identity, Migration, Work and Labour, Contentious Politics, and Social Media. Prior to joining UNSW, Yao-Tai was an assistant professor of sociology at Hong Kong Baptist University (2017-2021). His Ph.D. dissertation examines under what circumstances and how migrants from China, Taiwan, and...view more

Yao-Tai is a Senior Lecturer of Sociology and Social Policy in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW. His research interests include Race and Ethnicity, Identity, Migration, Work and Labour, Contentious Politics, and Social Media. Prior to joining UNSW, Yao-Tai was an assistant professor of sociology at Hong Kong Baptist University (2017-2021). His Ph.D. dissertation examines under what circumstances and how migrants from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong draw boundaries within the pan-Chinese identity in Australia, as well as the cultural and economic meanings of co-ethnic exploitation in the Australian cash-in-hand labour market, and policy implications.

Recently, Yao-Tai has been conducting research into Hong Kong's contentious politics through various perspectives such as urban sociology, cultural politics, global networks, and data activism. His other work includes timely research related to the COVID-19 pandemic by adopting big data analytics to examine social media discourses.


My Grants

2023 Asia Study Grant, National Library of Australia

2023 School of Social Sciences Research Grant – Individual Research Strategy Scheme

2022 Arts, Design and Architecture (ADA) Faculty Research Grant – Seed Funding Scheme

2022 Arts, Design and Architecture (ADA) Faculty Research Grants Scheme (SPF02)


My Qualifications

PhD (University of California, San Diego) MA (National Taiwan University) BA (National Taiwan University)


My Awards

2023      High commended, ADA Early Career Academic Network (Category: Best Traditional Research Output), UNSW

2021      The Sigma Awards for Data Journalism (Project: Hong Kong Lennon Wall Collection), Google News Initiative 

2021      45th The Golden Tripod Awards for Publication (Digital Publishing category – Digital Content award), Ministry of Culture, Taiwan

2021    25th Human Rights Press Awards (Multimedia), The Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong, Amnesty International, and the Hong Kong Journalists Association

2021      Best Presentation Award, European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS) Annual Conference

2020      A. Noam Chomsky Rising Star Emerging Scholar Award, Society of Transnational Academic Researchers (STAR)

2020      Faculty Early Career Teaching Award, Hong Kong Baptist University 

2017      Dissertation Writing Award, Department of Sociology, UCSD

2016      Graduate Student Paper Award, Racial and Ethnic Minorities Division, Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) 

2016      American Sociological Association Student Forum Travel Award

2016      The Lee Student Travel Fund Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)

2015      Young Scholar Award, China Times Cultural Foundation, New York 

2014      Summer Research Grant Awards, Department of Sociology, UCSD

2013–14 UC California Studies Consortium (UCCSC) Award, University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI)

2013      The Dean of Social Science Research Fund Award, UCSD


My Research Activities

Book Project

Protest Walls: Co-authoring Contentious Repertoires 

Other Ongoing Projects

Channeling Exploitation? The Role of Co-Ethnic Agent

The Changing Rhetoric of Racial Discrimination against Chinese Migrants in Australia after 1973 (https://www.nla.gov.au/stories/blog/exploring-experiences-chinese-migrants-australia)

Global Hong Kong Diaspora


My Research Supervision


Currently supervising

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Simon Metcalfe (PhD Social Sciences) The Affective Dimensions of Border Regimes: Australia’s Violent Border Policies towards People Seeking Asylum (Primary Supervisor)

Shutong Chen (PhD Social Sciences) Civic Participation of the A4 Revolution in Australia: Feminism, Queer, and Identity (Primary Supervisor) 

Roxarne Moon (PhD Social Sciences) Folktales and the Sociology of Belonging (Secondary Supervisor)

Masters

Yue Wu (Master of Public Policy and Governance, MPPG) Vulnerable in Australia: A Case Study of Asian Female International Student Workers in the Service Industry (High Distinction)

Honours Supervision (B.A., Hons.)

Jacqueline Price. The Moral Dimensions of a Movement: An Analysis of Doxing during the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Protests (First Class Honours), Recipient of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Honours Student Award

 

 

 


My Engagement

Ad-hoc Reviewer for Journals

American Journal of Sociology, Asian Anthropology, Big Data & Society, British Journal of Sociology, Canadian Review of Sociology, China Perspectives, Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, Common Law World ReviewCosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Critical SociologyCurrent Psychology, Current Sociology, Development and Society, Economic and Labour Relations Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, European Journal of Social Psychology, Hong Kong Studies, Human Relations, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and PowerInternational Journal of Asian StudiesInternational Journal of Comparative Sociology, International Journal of Hospitality Management, International Migration, International Migration Review, International Sociology, Internet Research, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Journal of Labor and SocietyJournal of Mixed Methods Research, Journal of Youth Studies, Journal of Urban AffairsMass Communication and Society, Nationalities Papers, New Media & Society, Patterns of PrejudicePolitical BehaviorPolitical Psychology, Qualitative Sociology, SAGE Open, Social Inclusion, Social Science Computer ReviewSocial Movement Studies, Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, Sociological InquirySociological QuarterlySociological Research OnlineSociology of Race and Ethnicity, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, The Sociological Review, Urban Affairs Review, Urban Studies, Work, Employment and Society

2024–      Convenor, Master of Public Policy and Governance, UNSW

2024–      Editorial Board Member, Ethnic and Racial Studies

2024–27  Board Member, RC 31 Sociology of Migration, International Sociology Association (ISA)

2023–      Mentoring Program, International Migration Section, American Sociology Association (ASA)

2023–      SOSS Representative, ADA Early Career Academic Network (ECAN), UNSW

2023        Grant Proposal Reviewer for National Science Centre Poland

2023        Coding for 2023 Digital Society Project (DSP) Expert Cycle

2022–      International Advisory Board Member, British Journal of Sociology

2022–      Research Committee Member, School of Social Sciences, UNSW

2022–      Executive Council Member of the Australian Taiwanese Friendship Association (ATFA)

2022–      Workshop Facilitator for Year 10 Experience Day for High School Students, UNSW

2021–      Editorial Board Member, Work, Employment and Society

2022        Program Committee Member, International Conference on Social Media & Society (SMSociety22)

2021        Organizing Committee Member, Work, Employment and Society Conference

2021        A. Noam Chomsky Global Connections Awards Committee Member, Society of Transnational Academic Researchers

2021        Awards Judge for Networks 2021: A Joint Sunbelt and NetSci Conference

2020–      Expert Roster for Peer Review of United Nations Networks on Migration

2019–      Features Editor, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism

2019        Award Judge & Commentator for the 7th Global Social Sciences Graduate Student Conference, HKBU

2018    Discussant for a regular session “Encompassing Margins: Globalizing Race and Ethnicity” at the Annual Meeting of ASA. Philadelphia, PA.

2017     Graduate Student Paper Award Committee Member, Racial and Ethnic Minorities Division, Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) 

2014–      Executive Council Member of Taiwan Working Holiday Youth (T-WHY)

Professional Association Membership

Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

American Sociological Association (ASA)

Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN)

British Sociological Association (BSA)

Hong Kong Sociological Association (HKSA)

International Sociological Association (ISA)

Society for Hong Kong Studies (SHKS)

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)

The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)


My Teaching

• ARTS 2870 Citizens, Action, and Dissent

• SOSS 2002 Quantitative Social Research

• SRAP 5021 Policy, Advocacy and Activism in the Digital Age

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Location

Level 1, Room 123, Morven Brown Building