Dr. HUANG, Weishan 黃維珊 博士

Associate Professor


Office: Room LC842, Library Complex, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, 12, Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemar Hill, North Point, Hong Kong.
Phone: 2104-8237
Email: whuang@hksyu.edu

Academic and Professional Qualification

Research Fellow                    Max Planck Institute.
Ph.D. Sociology                      New School University
M.A. Sociology                       New School University
M.A. Asian Studies                St. John’s University

Specialism and Research Interests

Sociology of Religion
Urban Sociology
Transnational Sociology

Courses (2023-2024)

SOC207      Sociological Theories II
SOC221B   Applied Qualitative Social Research Methods
SOC339      Sociology of Religion
SOC413      Digitized Media, Culture, and Society
GRS101      Advanced Research Methodology (QualRM Module)
SOC601      Guided Study in Sociology: Social Theories

Selected Publications

Books, edited:
2012. Cimino, Richard P., Nadia A. Mian, and Weishan Huang. Ecologies of Faith In New York City, Bloomington, Indiana University Press.

Other recent refereed Journal papers and book chapters:
Weishan Huang. 2023. “Xin in the Discourse on Conversion among Tzuchians in Shanghai”, in From Trustworthiness to Secular Beliefs – Changing Concepts of xin 信 from Traditional to Modern Chinese, ed. Christian Meyer and Philip Clark. Brill. ISBN: 978-90-04-53300-4.

Weishan Huang. 2022. “Secularity and Urban Gentrification: An Spatial Analysis of Downtown Buddhist Temples in Shanghai”, Journal of Space and Culture.

Mayfair Yang and Weishan Huang. 2021. “Buddhist environmentalism and civic engagement in the secular Shanghai” in Chinese Religio-Environmentalism Ethics and Practice, edited by Mayfair Yang. Rowman & Littlefield. Pp. 62-92.

Weishan Huang. 2021 “The Sinicization of Buddhism and its Competing Reinventions of Tradition” in Sinicization of Religion, ed. by Richard Madsen. Brill. pp. 64-85.

Weishan Huang. 2021.“Commentary: Rethinking Religion in Urban Planning in Shanghai”, Journal of Planning Theory & Practice. A Special Issue of Rethinking Religion and Secularism in Urban Planning. ed. Babak Manouchehrifar and John Forester. DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2021.1908078. pp. 32-35.

Weishan Huang. 2019. “Urban Restructuring and the Study of Temple Agencies”, in Buddhism in the Post-Mao China, ed. Ji Zhe, Andre Laliberte, and Garth Fisher, University of Hawaii Press, pp. 370-403.

*Full publications, please see
Dr. Weishan HUANG’s full publication (https://www.weishanhuang.com/)

Research Projects

As Principal Investigator

  • 2023-2025. Understanding the New Solidarities and Public Roles of Transnational Chinese Buddhist Organizations by Movement Organization Theory, funded by Research Grant Council (RGC), Faculty Development Scheme (FDS), January 1, 2023-December 31, 2025. (HK$ 960,925.)
  • 2019-2021. Hong Kong Hub, Chinese University of Hong Kong Direct Grant for Research. (HK$ 100,000.)
  • 2015-2018. Buddhist Gentrification, funded by Research Grant Council (RGC), General Research Fund (GRF), Research Grants Council, January 9, 2015-August 30, 2018. (HK$ 440,000.)
  • 2018. Transnational Lives of Religion in Asia. Research Summer Grant, Office of Academic Link, Chinese University of Hong Kong. (HK$ 115,000.)
  • 2016-2018. Religion and Globalization: Global Networks from the East. Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation. (US$ 20,000.)
  • 2015-2016. Buddhist Gentrification, Direct Grant for Research, January 5, 2015-August 15, 2016. (HK$ 80,000)
  • 2013-2015. Taiwanese Capital-Linked Migrants and Transnational Religious Networks in Shanghai, Research Grant, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, July, 2013 – June, 2015. (€ 24,000)

As Collaborator

  • 2023-2025. Co-I. Mapping the Networks of Modern Chinese Buddhism: Emerging Patterns and Centralities. Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. PI: Ji Zhe. (INALCO).
  • 2021-2024. Collaborator. Chinese Buddhism in Globalization: States, Communities, and the Practice of Religion. Funded by the US-based Henry Luce Foundation. International research project led by PI David L. Wank (Sophia University) and Ashiwa Yoshika (Hitotsubashi University).
  • 2021-2024. Collaborator. Globalizing Sociological Theory: Qualitative Research and Theory Building from the South. German Research Foundation (DFG). International research project led by PI: Marian Burchardt (University of Leipzig) and Johannes Becker (Georg-August University Göttingen).
  • 2019-2023. Collaborator. Interfaith in Belt and Road Initiative, RGC General Research Group grant led by PI David Palmer (HKU).

Community Service

2017-2018. Knowledge Transfer Project Fund (KPF) 
Project Title: Social Integration with the 5%: Social Empowerment of Migrant Workers and Intercultural Communication between Migrant Workers and Secondary Students.