Eliz Wong

Eliz Wong

PhD candidate

Department of Social Policy

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Key Expertise
LGBTQ, Gender and Sexualities, Marriage, Family, Social Policy

About me

Research topic:

Can I say ‘I do’? A comparative study on the power and limits of same-sex marriage legislation on same-sex couples’ relationship formalisation

Eliz is a PhD candidate in Social Policy, funded by the LSE PhD Studentship. She completed an MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge on a full scholarship from the Women Foundation Hong Kong in 2017, prior to which she received an MPhil (2016) and an honours bachelor’s degree (2014) in Sociology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining the PhD programme, she worked as a researcher for the Sexualities Research Programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she focused on LGBTQ+ policies in Hong Kong and Asia.

Research interests:

In general, her research examines laws, policies and cultural norms related to sexual orientation and gender identity, discrimination, gender, sexualities, marriage and family. Her doctoral thesis explores the power and limits of same-sex marriage legislation, as well as families’ attitude, on same-sex couples’ intention of getting married/formalising their relationship in Asia. Her research has been published in various academic journals, including Journal of Family Issues, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Psychiatry Research , Journal of Sexual Medicine, International Journal of Social Psychiatry.

Refereed journal articles:

Suen, YT, Wong, EMY and Chan, RCH (published online ahead of print). Chinese lesbian and gay adults’ self-reported experiences of negative treatment and violence from family of origin: Evidence from a larger-scale study in China. Journal of Family Issues.  doi: 10.1177/0192513X211064874

Suen, YT, Wong, EMY and Chan, RCH (2022). COVID-19 and sexual minority individuals: Inductive thematic analysis of Chinese-speaking lesbian, gay and bisexual people’s experiences of COVID-19 in Hong Kong. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters. doi: 10.1080/26410397.2022.2102537

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (accepted). Heterogeneity in the desire to undergo various gender-affirming medical interventions among transgender people in Hong Kong: Findings from a community-driven survey and implications for the legal gender recognition debate. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (published online ahead of print). Association between co-residence and loneliness during COVID-19 among sexual minority people in Hong Kong. International Journal of Social Psychiatry. doi: 10.1177/00207640221110435

Chan, RCH., Suen, YT and Wong, EMY (published online ahead of print). The influence of concerns about a child’s sexual orientation on mental health among parents of lesbian, gay, and bisexual children in Hong Kong. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10508-022-02374-9

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (2021). To have or not to have sex? COVID-19 and sexual activity among Chinese-speaking gay and bisexual men in Hong Kong. Journal of Sexual Medicine. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2020.10.004

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (2021). An exploratory study of factors associated with difficulties in accessing HIV services during COVID-19 among Chinese gay and bisexual men in Hong Kong. International Journal of Infectious Diseases.  doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2021.04.005

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (2020). Effects of general and sexual minority-specific COVID-19-related stressors on the mental health of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Hong Kong. Psychiatry Research. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113365

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (accepted). Rural-urban sexual divide in China: Quantitative evidence on comparing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’s lives in rural and urban China. The China Review.

Suen, YT, Chan, RCH and Wong, EMY (2018). Mental health of transgender people in Hong Kong: A community-driven, large-scale quantitative study documenting demographics and correlates of quality of life and suicidality. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(8), 1093–1113. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1368772


For Eliz’s most updated CV, please visit her website: https://www.elizwongmiuyin.com


Supervisors: Dr Timothy Hildebrandt, Dr Amanda Sheely, Dr Hakan Seckinelgin

Expertise Details

LGBTQ; Gender and Sexualities; Marriage; Family; Social Policy