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About / Biography and research agenda

Dr. Tommy Tse is Associate Professor in the Television and Cross-Media Culture (TVCMC) program at the Media Studies Department, University of Amsterdam. He specialises in East Asia’s media and cultural industries, creative labour studies, consumer culture and sociology of fashion. In 2022, Tse received the prestigious European Research Council’s Consolidator Grant (ERC CoG) (2 million Euros) for his 5-year multi-sited ethnographic project entitled “China (Africa) Fashion Power – Fashioning Power through South-South Interaction: Re-thinking Creativity, Authenticity, Cultural Mediation and Consumer Agency along China-Africa Fashion Value Chains”. Previously, Tse taught at the Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong; School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. He is an elected member of the Amsterdam Young Academy, and he also serves the Editorial Board of Fashion, Style and Popular Culture, International Journal of Fashion Studies and Work, Employment and Society.

Biography and research agenda

Dr. Tommy Tse is Associate Professor in the Television and Cross-Media Culture (TVCMC) program at the Media Studies Department, University of Amsterdam. He specialises in East Asia’s media and cultural industries, creative labour studies, consumer culture and sociology of fashion. In 2022, Tse received the prestigious European Research Council’s Consolidator Grant (ERC CoG) (2 million Euros) for his 5-year multi-sited ethnographic project entitled “China (Africa) Fashion Power – Fashioning Power through South-South Interaction: Re-thinking Creativity, Authenticity, Cultural Mediation and Consumer Agency along China-Africa Fashion Value Chains”. Previously, Tse taught at the Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong; School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. He is an elected member of the Amsterdam Young Academy, and he also serves the Editorial Board of Fashion, Style and Popular Culture, International Journal of Fashion Studies and Work, Employment and Society.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Ph.D. (Sociology); The University of Hong Kong

M.Phil. (Comparative Literature); The University of Hong Kong

B.A. (Hons) (Comparative Literature); The University of Hong Kong

ACADEMIC APPOINTMACADEMIC APPOINTMENTSENTS

Full time

2022–now       Associate Professor, Media Studies Department, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

                             (No.1 in Communication & Media Studies in QS World University Rankings, since 2017)

2021–2022      Assistant Professor, Media Studies Department, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2014–2021       Assistant Professor (Media and Culture), Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2011–2014        Lecturer I, Department of Communication Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

2008–2011       College Lecturer, The Culture and Media Domain, HKU SPACE

Part time/Honorary

2022–2025     Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
2021–2024      Honorary Assistant Professor, HKU Global China Social Research Hub, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Spring 2021    Adjunct Professor, Master of Social Science in Global Political Economy (GPEC), Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2015–2017        Lecturer, MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London (UAL), London / HKU SPACE CDP 
2013–2015        Lecturer, Department of Fashion & Image Design, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham / Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI)

 

VISITING FELLOWSHIP

2018–2019     Visiting Scholar & Research Associate, Department of Anthropology,  University College London (UCL), London
Fall 2018         Visiting Scholar, School of Media and Communication, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London (UAL), London
Aug 2015        Visiting Scholar, Fashion Institute of Design, Donghua University, Shanghai
Jul 2015          Visiting Scholar, National Center for Radio and Television Studies, Communication University of China, Beijing, China

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

Jul–Aug 2018      Shortlisted Dreamer, full-time, Alibaba Global Dreamers Programme 2018,  Alibaba Group (Top technology company in China)
2007-2012           Copywriter & Translator, project-based, GlaxoSmithKline; Hugo Boss AG; Bluebell Asia
2007–2008        Account Manager, full-time, TBWA\ (Global 4As creative agency)
2006–2007        Account Executive, full-time, ADO Design (Hong Kong creative agency) 
2006                     Editor, full-time, Art Map Co. Ltd. HK. (Art magazine in HK and Macau)

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