Dr Victor K W Shin

Honorary Assistant Professor

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Victor Shin received his PhD in sociology from the University of Cambridge.  His main areas of research are cultural sociology, economic sociology, comparative capitalism, organization and institution.  He published on the geopolitics and vicissitudes of Hong Kong’s movie industry, the political economy and institutional change in the Chinese film market, and the art administration professionals in Hong Kong.  His current research focuses on institutional regeneration and relational work.  He is pursuing a research agenda about the revitalization of traditional cultural forms in a historical comparative perspective that is supported by a General Research Fund (GRF) from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (Ref.17602521).

Courses taught


University of Cambridge

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

BSocSc (First-class Honors)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research interests

Cultural sociology

Economic sociology

Comparative capitalism

Organization and institution

Current research

Research Grants:

2022-2024: Principal Investigator, “Regenerative Institutional Change in a Cross-field Comparative Perspective: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Cantonese Opera in Hong Kong since the 1990s.” General Research Fund (GRF) from Research Grants Council, Hong Kong (RGC Reference No. 17602521) with Stephen W.K. Chiu (Co-I); Hui Hon Wing (Co-I).

2020-2022: Principal Investigator, “Recalibrating Organizational Responses to Enduring Institutional Complexity:  A Longitudinal Study of Hong Kong’s Film Production Companies in China since 2003.” Early Career Scheme (ECS) from Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong (RGC Reference No. 27608219).

2013-2015: Co-investigator, “Re-industrializing Chinese Movie Value Chain: State, Market, Culture, and Regional Integration since China’s Economic Reform.” General Research Fund (GRF) from Research Grants Council, Hong Kong (RGC Reference No. 442312) with Stephen W.K. Chiu (PI) and Gary Gereffi (Co-I).

2009-2010: Co-investigator, “Arts Administrators in Hong Kong.” Public Policy Research (PPR) Funding Scheme from the Central Policy Unit (CPU), Hong Kong, with Stephen W.K. Chiu (PI).

Honours and recognitions

Selected Awards:

2017 Outstanding Paper Award. Academy of Hong Kong Studies. “Global Distribution Networks, Local Exhibition Alliances: Hollywood’s New Map in Hong Kong.” Regional Studies 50(5): 835-847.

2011-2014 Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships.


Selected publications

Journal articles:

Shin, Victor K.W., Ling Tung Tsang, and Tommy Tse. 2020. “Bridging Structural and Micro-level Factors in Cultural Labor Studies: A Multilevel Analysis of Performing Arts Administration Professionals in Hong Kong.” Social Transformations in Chinese Societies 16(1): 15-37.

Tse, Tommy, Victor K.W. Shin, and Ling Tung Tsang. 2020. “From Shanzhai Chic to Gangnam Style: Seven Practices of Cultural-economic Mediation in China and Korea.” Journal of Cultural Economy 13(5): 511-530.

Pun, Ngai, Tommy Tse, Victor K.W. Shin, and Fan Lulu. 2020. “Conceptualising Socio-Economic Formations of Labour and Workers’ Power in Global Production Networks.” Sociology 54(4): 745-762.

Shin, Victor K.W. and Stephen W.K. Chiu. 2016. “Global Distribution Networks, Local Exhibition Alliances: Hollywood’s New Map in Hong Kong.” Regional Studies 50(5): 835-847.

Book chapter:

Chiu, Stephen W.K. and Victor K.W. Shin. 2019. “Hong Kong’s Film Industry Reconstituted: Pathways to China after the Golden Age.” Pp. 365-396 in Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Hong Kong, edited by Tai-lok Lui, Stephen W.K. Chiu, and Ray K.M. Yep. Routledge: Oxon; New York.

Chiu, Stephen W.K. and Victor K.W. Shin. 2014. “Political Divide and Cultural Integration in Greater China: The Role of Sil-Metropole Organisation Ltd. in the Chinese Movie Value Chain.“ (兩岸三地的政治差異與文化經濟的融合:銀都在華語電影產業鏈的角色), pp. 169-196 in Aspiring to the Motherland: ‘Patriotic Political Left-wing’ Movement in Hong Kong (胸懷祖國:香港「愛國左派」運動), edited by Stephen W.K. Chiu, Tai-lok Lui, and Sai-shing Yung. Oxford University Press. (In Chinese)

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