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Prof. Shu-Yun Ma

Department of Government and Public Administration

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (China)


Email: syma@cuhk.edu.hk


1994 Ph.D., University of Toronto, Political Science

1989 M.A., University of Toronto, Development Studies

1983 M.A., McMaster University, Economics

1981 B.A.(Hon.), Essex University, Economics and Government

Publications (selected)

Refereed journal articles

  1. “Taking Evolution Seriously, or Metaphorically? A Review of Interactions between Historical Institutionalism and Darwinian Evolutionary Theory”, Political Studies Review, forthcoming.
  2. “Resistance, Engagement, and Heritage Conservation by Voluntary Sector: the Case of Penang in Malaysia,” Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 48, No.3 (May 2014), pp.617-644. (Co-author with Edmund W. Cheng and Anthony H.F. Li.)
  3. “Power, Accidents, and Institutional Changes: the Case of a Chinese Hospital in Hong Kong”, Continuity and Change, Vol.27, No.1 (May 2012), pp.151-174.
  4. “The Making and Remaking of a Chinese Hospital in Hong Kong”, Modern Asian Studies, Vol.45, No.5 (September 2011), pp.1313-1336.
  5. “Built Heritage Conservation and the Voluntary Sector: the case of the Tung Wah Coffin Home in Hong Kong”, International Journal of Cultural Property, Vol.17, No.1 (February 2010), pp.87-107.
  6. “Heritage Conservation through Private Donation: the Case of Dragon Garden in Hong Kong”, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Vol.15, No. 6 (November 2009), pp.511-528.(Co-author with Edmund W. Cheng.)
  7. “The Making of a Chinese Head of the WHO: A Study of the Media Discourse on Margaret Chan’s Contest of the WHO Director-Generalship and its Implications for the Collective Memory of SARS", International Journal of Health Services, Vol.39, No.3 (2009), pp.587-614.(Co-author with Chan Wai-Yin).
  8. “China’s Privatization: From Gradualism to Shock Therapy?”, Asian Survey, Vol.48, No.2 (March/April 2008), pp.199-214 (lead article).
  9. “Political Science at the Edge of Chaos?The Paradigmatic Implications of Historical Institutionalism”, International Political Science Review, Vol.28, No.1 (January 2007), pp.57-78.
  10. “Heritage Preservation and Sustainability of China’s Development”, Sustainable Development, Vol.12, No.1 (February 2004), pp.15-31 (Co-author with Chan Wai-Yin; my share of contribution: 20%).


  1. Hong Kong’s First Court Case on Academic Freedom (2007-2009): Document Set on the First Case of Academic Freedom in Hong Kong’s Legal History. (Co-edit with Choi Po-King and To Yiu-Ming) (Hong Kong: Step Forward Multi Media, 2011) (In Chinese). 香港學術自由第一案 (2007-2009): 香港司法史上首宗關於學術自由個案判決文件集 (與杜耀明及蔡寶瓊合編) (香港: 進一步多媒體; 2011).
  2. Shareholding System Reform in China: Privatizing by Groping for Stones (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2010).

Other academic and professional publications

  1. “Chinese Gradualism as Darwinian Evolution: the Dual-Track Price Reform”, presented at The 11th European Society for Central Asian Studies Bi-annual Conference September 3-5, 2009, Budapest, Hungary.
  2. “Power, Accidents, and Institutional Changes: the Case of a Chinese Hospital in Hong Kong”, presented at XXI IPSA World Congress of Political Science, July 12-16, 2009, Santiago, Chile.
  3. “Power, Plague and Medical Institution: the Case of a Chinese Hospital in Hong Kong from 1870 to Present”, presented at the Second International Conference in the History of Medicine in Southeast Asia, Penang, Malaysia, 9-10, January 2008.
  4. “Finding the Scapegoat: Hong Kong’s Post-SARS Revival Programme”, in Proceedings of the International Research Foundation for Development World Forum on Small Island Developing States – Mauritius Conference 2005.

Last updated: 2015-06-30