Ling Tang 唐凌


St Antony's College 


President of British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies(BPCS), 2017-2018


DPhil in Oriental Studies (Contemporary Chinese Studies).

Thesis title: Burnout Market Feminism: Urban Chinese Businesswomen in the Internet Age. Supervised by Prof. Maria Jaschok and Prof. Rachel Murphy (equal supervision).


Educational Background:

2014 - Bachelor of Social Science in Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University. First Honour                                   

2016 - Master of Philosophy in Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Thesis: Gendered and Sexualized Guanxi: The use of Erotic Capital in the Workplace in Urban China (Thesis awarded HKSA Best Thesis Award 2016-2018). Supervised by Prof. Jack Barbalet.

Research Interests:

Ling is in general interested in the gendered and sexualised dynamics in organisations and business in China. While her MPhil thesis targets the white-collar women workers in Shenzhen, her DPhil research focuses on the female-led E-commerce entrepreneurs. 

Ling's MPhil thesis studies the gendered and sexualized guanxi, and critically brings into the discussion the concept of erotic capital. In particular,  the thesis explains the ways women navigate the male-centred guanxi practice in organisations.

Based on a one-year ethnography in Shenzhen and Hefei, her DPhil thesis aims to: 1)provide a gender reading of E-commerce in China, 2) disclose the heterogeneity of the business guanxi and intimate guanxi of Chinese female entrepreneurs in the digital age; 3) discuss the development of “new China” within the digital age.

She is passionate about sensory/public ethnography and constantly updates her wechat public account 见树又见林. She is also the drummer, lyricist and supporting vocal of the band 滑倒乐队Slip. Her own debut song Queer as Nirvana can also be searched in most of the music applications including iTunes, Spotify and QQmusic under the name of Lyn Dawn or 唐凌.

Her DPhil is funded by Wai Seng Senior Research Scholarship at St Antony's College, IJURR Studentship and St Catherine's College.

Recent Publications and/or Conferences:

Journal Article:

  • Gendered and Sexualized Guanxi: The use of Erotic Capital in the Workplace in Urban China. Asia Pacific Business Review. 2019. DOI: 10.1080/13602381.2019.1701264

Book reviews

Academic Blog 

  • Contextualizing Chinese #Metoo, The Online Journal of China Policy Institute, 2018(Feb).
  • Chinese Vagina Monologues and beyond, The Online Journal of China Policy Institute, 2018 (Apr.) 
Ling Tang