Li Xiaotian

Mr Li Xiaotian

PhD Student

8/F Hub, 8/F., The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus


Li Xiaotian is a full-time PhD student at HKU sociology, where he is researching the Internet economy in China, especially the labor process in the digital world. He received his Master degree in Renmin University of China and his Bachelor degree in Tsinghua university, both in Sociology. His research interests include gender and sexuality, labor and migration in China, and how technology changes work and everyday life.

Research postgraduate students undertake exchange visit to UK


Master in Sociology
Renmin University of China (Beijing, China)

Bachelor in Sociology
Tsinghua University (Beijing, China)

Exchange Student
National Sun Yat-sen University (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

Research interests

Gender and sexuality

Labor and migration in China


Digital labor

Honours and recognitions

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship, Hong Kong Research Council, 2017

Selected publications


Li, Xiaotian. 2022. Managerial Technique and Worker Subjectivity in Dialogue: Understanding Overwork in China’s Internet IndustryWork, Employment and Society

Tse, Tommy, and Li, Xiaotian. 2022. Recoupling corporate culture with new political discourse in China’s platform economy: The case of AlibabaWork, Employment and Society

Li, Xiaotian. 2021. Strategic flexibility in a male-dominated occupation: women software engineers in ChinaJournal of Gender Studies


LI Xiaotian, 2020. < Precariat:一個階級概念的回顧與爭論 >,文化研究國際中心工作論文,ISSN 2707-2193,ICCS Working Paper No. 26,

LI, Xiaotian. 2019. “The 996.ICU Movement in China: Changing Employment Relations and Labour Agency in the Tech Industry.” China Columns, Online Only, Made in China Journal. see

LI, Xiaotian. “塵肺工人維權難 呼喚精準扶貧新起點”. Ming Pao, 15 November 2018.

LI, Xiaotian. “上市梦、创业梦、大厂梦:互联网三次梦碎下的劳动者”. Newslab (Social media), 17 February 2019. Forwarded by Huxiu, 18 February, 2019.