Journal articles

  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.

  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.

  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 P. 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. 2018. "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.

  27. Cheng, Edmund W. and Samson Yuen. 2015. "The Umbrella Movement: Contentious Politics on China's Periphery," Twenty First Century Bimonthly 147: 22-32.

  28. Yuen, Samson. 2015. "Friend or Foe? The Diminishing Space of China's Civil Society." China Perspectives, vol. 3, pp. 51-56.

  29. Yuen, Samson. 2015. "Becoming a Cyber Power: China's Cybersecurity Upgrades and its Consequences." China Perspectives 2: 53-58.

  30. Yuen, Samson. 2015. "Hong Kong After the Umbrella Movement: An Uncertain Future for the 'One Country Two Systems'", China Perspectives 1: 49-53./

  31. Yuen, Samson. 2015. 佔領運動的青年參與──後佔領青年政策應如何制定?[Youth participation in Hong Kong's Occupy Movement: How to formulate post-Occupy youth policy?], 社聯政策報 [Policy Bulletin, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service], 18, March 2015.

  32. Siu-yau Lee, and Samson Yuen. 2015. 如何「自力更生」?──由小販政策和領匯私有化說起 [How is Self-reliance Possible? An Analysis of Hawker Policy and the Privatization of the Link REIT], 本土論述2013﹣2014 [Journal of Local Discourse 2013-2014], March 2015.

  33. Yuen, Samson. 2014. "Taming the 'Foreign Tigers' China's Anti-Trust Crusade against Multinational Companies." China Perspectives 4: 53-59.

  34. Yuen, Samson. 2014. "Disciplining the Party. Xi Jinping's Anti-Corruption Campaign and its Limits." China Perspectives 3: 41- 47.

  35. Yuen, Samson. 2014. "Under the Shadow of China: Beijing's Policy towards Hong Kong and Taiwan in Comparative Perspective." China Perspectives 2: 69-76.

  36. Yuen, Samson. 2014. "China's New Rural Land Reform? Assessment and Prospects." China Perspectives 1: 61-65.

  37. Yuen, Samson. 2013. "Debating Constitutionalism in China: Dreaming of a Liberal Turn." China Perspectives 4: 67-72.

Book chapters

  1. Yuen, Samson. 2019. "Transgressive Politics in Occupy Mongkok," in Ching Kwan Lee and Ming Sing (eds.), Take Back Our Future: An Eventful Sociology of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement, Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press.

  2. Yuen, Samson. 2019. "From Repression to Attrition: State Responses towards the Umbrella Movement," in Ngok Ma and Edmund W. Cheng, The Umbrella Movement: Civil Resistance and Contentious Space in Hong Kong, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Edited books

Cheng, Edmund W. and Samson Yuen. 2018. 社運年代: 香港抗爭政治的軌跡 [The Epoch of Social Movement], Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong Press.


Francis L. F. Lee, Gary Tang, Samson Yuen, and Edmund W. Cheng, "Onsite Survey Findings in Hong Kong's Anti-Extradition Bill Protests", Centre for Communication and Public Opinion Survey, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, August 2019.


  • Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, Public Policy Research Fund, Principal Investigator, “Ripple Effects of Social Movements: Initial Biographical Consequences of Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement,” April – December 2019.

  • Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, Public Policy Research Fund, Principal Investigator, “Loss of Innocence: Participation of Secondary School Students in Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement,” April – December 2019.

  • Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme, Principal Investigator, "Dynamics of participation: A study of youth political participation in post-handover Hong Kong", 2019-2021.

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

  • Research Development Fund, The Open University of Hong Kong, Principal Investigator , "Explaining identity shift in post-handover Hong Kong", 2017-2018.

Media writings

Yuen, Samson. “Hong Kong Protests: Why are People Demonstrating? How We Surveyed Protesters?” Political Quarterly Blog, 16 October 2019.

Yuen, Samson. "New research shows vast majority of Hong Kong protesters support more radical tactics." The Conversation, 2 September 2019.

Yuen, Samson and Edmund Cheng. "Hong Kong’s Umbrella Protests Were More Than Just a Student Movement." China File, 1 July 2015.

Invited presentations

"Protest solidarity and radicalization", School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University, 15 January 2021.

"Protest solidarity and radicalization", Wartburg Theological Seminary, 13 January 2021.

"Hong Kong after the 2019 protests: Leaderful activism and its consequences", Univeristy of Michigan Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, 20 October 2020.

"Hong Kong after the 2019 protests", Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, 1 October 2020.

"How do Protest Violence Become Collective? Engaged Bystanders in Hong Kong’s Anti-extradition Bill Movement", WZB Berlin Social Science Center, 9 July 2020.

“Survey Findings on Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Bill Protests”, Hong Kong Studies Annual Conference, 6 December 2019.

“Hong Kong’s Freedom Summer”, National Tsinghua University, 29 November 2019.

“How We Surveyed the Hong Kong Protests”, Taiwan Sociological Association Annual Conference, Academia Sinica, 30 November 2019.

“Hold your Umbrella, Be Water: From the Umbrella Movement to the Summer of Uprisings in 2019”, Australian National University, “An Anatomy of the Hong Kong Protests”, 11 November 2019.

"Hong Kong: What Now? What Next?", University of Southern California, 17 September 2019.

"How We Surveyed the Hong Kong Protests", Rikkyo University, 14 September 2019.

“After the Mo(ve)ment: Community Activism in Hong Kong”, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Peking University and the University of Chicago Winter School, Hong Kong, 13 December 2018.

Conference presentations

"Protest Violence, Preference Falsification and Tolerant Solidarity: Evidence from Hong Kong", Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference 2021, 17 April 2021.

"Total Mobilization and Leaderful Activism in Hong Kong", American Political Science Association Annual Conference 2021, 13 September 2020.

“Crowding out civil society: Mass organizations and authoritarian survival”, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2019, 30 August 2019.

“Crowding out civil society: Mass organizations and authoritarian survival”, Society for Hong Kong Studies Annual Conference, 22 June 2019.

“Rethinking Movement Outcomes in Hong Kong: State Mobilization, Identity Struggle and Political Predicaments”, Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Washington D.C., 22-25 March 2018.

“Rethinking Contentious Politics in Hong Kong: Change and Continuity”, Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong Week, Hong Kong, 5 May 2018.

“Movement leadership in an era of connective actions: The case of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement”, Scuola Normale Superiore “1968-2018, Fifty years after: Where is the social movement field going?", Florence, Italy, 23-25 May 2018.

“Explaining Localism in Post-handover Hong Kong: An Eventful Approach”, Hong Kong Political Science Association Annual Conference, City University of Hong Kong, 3 November 2018.

“Neither Repression nor Concession: Assessing Regime Response in the Umbrella Movement.” Presented at Negotiating Autonomy at the Edges of Authoritarianism, AAS-in-Asia Conference 2015, Taiwan, 22-24 June, 2015.

“Under the Shadow of China: Beijing's policy towards Hong Kong and Taiwan in comparative perspective.” Presented at The Boundaries of Democracy (CEFC-HKU Interdisciplinary workshop), The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 10 October, 2014.

“The Politics of Weiwen: Stability as a source of political legitimacy in post-Tiananmen China.” Presented at Regime Legitimization through Institutional Reform, ECPR Joint Session 2014, University of Salamanca, Spain, 10-15 April, 2014.

“The Remaking of China’s Reform Legitimacy: Xiao Gongqin and state discourses in the 1990s.” Presented at Postgraduate Workshop on Culture and the State in Contemporary China, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 3 June, 2011.