Lynn Tang
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Lynn Tang is a sociologist with her core research area in mental health, inequalities and related policies. She has a special interest in lived experience and service users' perspectives. She also researches on other topics on health and minority ethnic communities. She has researched on the recovery journey of Chinese mental health service users in the UK and suicide prevention in Hong Kong. Her book, Recovery, Mental Health and Inequality (Routledge, 2017), was shortlisted for BSA Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize. Her publications also appear in journals such as Critical Public Health, British Journal of Social Work, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, Community Development Journal, Mental Health Review, and a few edited books such as the Routledge International Handbook of Mad Studies and Community Organising Against Racism. 

Prior to joining Royal Holloway, Lynn was a Lecturer in University of Liverpool's Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminoglogy. In Hong Kong, she was an Assistant Professor in Lingnan University's Department of Sociology and Social Policy and the University of Hong Kong's Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention. In HKU, she led a multidisciplinary evaluation and knowledge dissemination team for an online crisis support service for youth in Hong Kong. In the UK, she had worked at the University of Birmingham's Centre of Excellence for Interdisciplinary Mental Health. She is now a Visiting Senior Lecturer in Service User Research Enterprise, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences at King's College London, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool as well as Adjunct Assistant Professor in Lingnan University. She was elected as the Vice-President of International Sociological Association's Research Committee 49 Sociology of Mental Health and Illness for the term 2023-2027. 


Lynn's current projects include a research on suicide, collective trauma and political crisis, funded by Research Grants Council in Hong Kong, and a mixed-methods study on minority ethnic women's experience of menopause, funded by the Medical Research Council, in collaboration with University of Liverpool and Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology , MPhil , University of Hong Kong

Sociology , PhD , University of Warwick

External positions

Adjunct Assistant Professor , Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University

Honorary Research Fellow , Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Liverpool

Vice-President , RC49 Sociology of Mental Health and Illness, International Sociological Association

Visiting Senior Lecturer, Service User Research Enterprise, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences, King's College London

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