Dr. Ip Tsz Ting Penn 葉子亭博士

Department of Humanities, Language and Translation Dr. Ip Tsz Ting Penn 葉子亭博士

Dr. Ip Tsz Ting Penn



Dr Penn Tsz Ting Ip is Assistant Professor at the School of Arts and Social Sciences (A&SS) at Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU). Before joining HKMU, she worked as Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Industry Management, School of Media and Communication, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2019–2023). Trained as an urban cultural studies scholar, Dr Ip received her PhD and rMA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam, earned her MA in Intercultural Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and her BA in Humanities (minor in Communication Arts) with honors from Hong Kong Baptist University. Dr Ip’s PhD project “Female Migrant Workers Navigating the Service Economy in Shanghai: Home, Beauty, and the Stigma of Singlehood” was supported by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) under the funded project “Creating the 'New' Asian Woman: Entanglements of Urban Space, Cultural Encounters and Gendered Identities in Shanghai and Delhi” (HERA-SINGLE). Since 2018, Dr Ip works as the Shanghai Research Team Lead of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)-funded partnership project “Urbanization, Gender and the Global South: A Transformative Knowledge Network” (GenUrb). Led by Professor Linda Peake, GenUrb is a transnational research project comprised of 40 scholars and the research takes place within and across six cities–Cochabamba, Delhi, Georgetown (Guyana), Ibadan, Ramallah, and Shanghai. Her research interests include gender and women's studies, migration studies, urban cultural studies, and affect theory. Her research has been published in the European Journal of Cultural StudiesInter-Asia Cultural Studies, and Global Media and China. Dr Ip is the first author of The Ordinary Women: Qualitative Research on Workers' New Villages in Shanghai (2021, in Chinese, with Zhang Yu and Liu Xi). Collaborated with professors and students at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Dr Ip is the director of the feminist research platform “HEResearch: Global Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series.”

Teaching Areas & Research Interests

  • Affect Theory
  • Cultural Economy
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Global Capitalism
  • Media Studies
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Urban Studies

Academic & Professional Experience


2016-2024. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Funded Project: Urbanization, Gender and the Global South: A Transformative Knowledge Network (GenUrb), Canada (PI: Prof. Linda Peake)

Grant Received: CAD$2.5 million

2020. Canada-China Initiative Fund (CCIF), York University, Toronto, Canada

Funded Project: Women and Urbanization in China

Grant Received: CAD$4,500

2014. The Dutch Embassy Funding Activity: Culture

Funded Project: Precariously Yours: Gender, Class and Urbanity in Contemporary Shanghai

Grant Received: EUR€4,000


May 2022. “A Study of Grassroots Women and Their Everyday Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Shanghai.” Fudan University, Shanghai, China. 

May 2022. “How do Grassroots Women's Everyday Life Inspire Us?” The People's Food Sovereignty Forum, Shanghai, China.

January 2020. “Exploring Affective Fieldwork Experiences: Creativity, Reciprocality and the Everyday Life of Grassroots Women in Shanghai.” The Centre for Urban and Global Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, US.

December 2018. “From Apprentice to Entrepreneur: Rural Migrant Workers, Leftover Women, and Affective Labor in Shanghai.” The University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China.

January 2018. “Migrant Women Walking Down the Cheap Road: Modernization and Being Fashionable in Shanghai.” York University, Toronto, Canada.


2021-Present. Journal of Emerging Media


2019. GenUrb Art Exhibition. “Lens in Bloom: Grassroots Women's Art Exhibition and Cultural Events.” Yuwatai Gallery, Shanghai, China.

2016. HERA-SINGLE Art Exhibition. “Sexing the City.” Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden, the Netherlands.

2014. HERA-SINGLE Art Exhibition. “Precariously Yours: Gender, Class, and Urbanity in Contemporary Shanghai.” Meta Gallery and Fei Contemporary Art Center, Shanghai, China.

Selected Publications


  • Ip, Penn Tsz Ting, Zhang Yu, and Liu Xi. 2021. The Ordinary Women: Qualitative Research on Workers' New Villages in Shanghai. Shanghai: Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing House. (In Chinese)
  • Ip, Penn Tsz Ting, Zhaoyan Wang, eds. 2021. Modern Service Industry 22. Hong Kong: Hypermedia Publishing Limited. (In Chinese)

Book Chapters

  • Ip, Penn Tsz Ting, and Jeroen de Kloet. Forthcoming. “The Precarity of Trust: Domestic Helpers as 'Working-Singles' in Shanghai.” In Being Single in Urban Asia: Spaces and Mobilities, Pleasures and Precarities, edited by Jeroen de Kloet, Christiane Brosius, and Melissa Butcher. Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing.
  • Ip, Penn Tsz Ting, and Michelle Buckley. 2022. “'Instant' Cities? Rapid Urbanization and Spectacular Urbanisms.” In Urbanization in a Global Context, edited by Alison Bain and Linda Peake, 80–98. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
  • Ip, Penn Tsz Ting. 2022. “Observation Methods: An Exploration of the Affective World.” In Communication Research Methods, edited by Xiaohua Li and Liangwen Kuo, 261–277. Beijing, Higher Education Press. (In Chinese)
  • Ip, Penn Tsz Ting. 2018. “Migrant Women Walking Down the Cheap Road: Modernization and Being Fashionable in Shanghai.” In The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space and Gender, edited by Alexandra Staub, 320–337. Oxford: Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Ip, Penn Tsz Ting, Tsung-yi Michelle Huang, and Jing Wang. Forthcoming. “'Gendering Grassrootscapes: The Sociospatial Relations of Lower Working-Class Women Dwelling in the Socialist Workers' New Villages in Post-Reform Shanghai.” Online first.
  • Fan, Chen, and Penn Tsz Ting Ip. 2022. “'When Showing Hanfu to Foreigners, I Feel Very Proud': The Imagined Community and Affective Economies of Hanfu (Chinese Traditional Couture) among Chinese Migrant Youth in the United Kingdom.” European Journal of Cultural Studies doi: 10.1177/13675494221124633.
  • Razavi, Nasya S., Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin, Swagata Basu, Anindita Datta, Karen de Souza, Penn Tsz Ting Ip, Elsa Koleth, Joy Marcus, Faranak Miraftab, Beverley Mullings, Sylvester Nmormah, Bukola Odunola, Sonia Pardo Burgoa, and Linda Peake. 2022. “Everyday Urbanisms in the Pandemic City: A Feminist Comparative Study of the Gendered Experiences of Covid-19 in Southern Cities.” Social & Cultural Geography doi: 10.1080/14649365.2022.2104355.
  • Ip, Penn Tsz Ting. 2020. “Caring in Times of Precarity: A Study of Single Women Doing Creative Work in Shanghai.” Global Media and China 5(3): 338–343. (Book Review)
  • Ip, Penn Tsz Ting, and Esther Peeren. 2019. “Exploiting the Distance between Conflicting Norms: Female Rural-to-Urban Migrant Workers in Shanghai Negotiating Stigma around Singlehood and Marriage.” European Journal of Cultural Studies 22(5–6): 665–683. doi: 10.1177/1367549419847108.
  • Ip, Penn Tsz Ting. 2017. “Desiring Singlehood? Rural Migrant Women and Affective Labor in the Shanghai Beauty Parlor Industry.” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 18(4): 558–580. doi: 10.1080/14649373.2017.1387415.

Selected Professional & Community Services

  • Journal Reviewer: Asian Journal of Women's Studies, Environment and Planning A-Economy and Space, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Global Media and China, Journal of Chinese Sociology
  • Research Project Leader, 2021. “Community Research in the Socialist Workers' New Villages in Shanghai.” Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.
  • Online Workshop Organizer, 2021. “Women and Urbanization in China: Building a Transformative Knowledge Network.” York University, Toronto, Canada.
  • Conference Organizer, 2019. “Global Cultural Management Forum.” UNESCO Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Shanghai, China.
  • Conference Organizer, 2016. “Sexing the City: HERA-SINGLE Final Conference.” The University of Amsterdam and Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden, the Netherlands.

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