ASIAN PLATFORM LABOUR CONFERENCE 2022

18-20 August 2022

Programme Rundown

(This is an online conference facilitated by Zoom. The links to the panels will be sent to registered participants only. Simultaneous interpretation between English and Mandarin will be offered. Click into the title of the presentation, you will be able to read abstract of the paper.)

Day 1:  18 August 2022 (Thursday)

6:00-6:15pm(GMT +8)/11:00am-11:15pm (British Summer Time)

Introduction and Welcome

Dr. Yu-Bin Chiu (Department of Social Development, National Pingtung University, Taiwan)

Dr. Yu Zheng (Digital Organisation and Society Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London)

Miss Mounika Neerukonda (Fairwork Foundation, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford)

6:15—7:30pm (GMT +8)/ 11:15-12:30pm (British Summer Time)

Keynote Speech

Prof. Jack Qiu (Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore)

Presentation Title: Softbank’s Vision Funds and capital formation for Asia’s platform economy

Chair: Yu-Bin Chiu (National Pingtung University)

7:30—8:00pm (GMT +8)/ 12:30-1:00pm (British Summer Time)  Break

8:00—9:30pm (GMT +8)/ 1:00-2:30pm(British Summer Time)

Panel I: Opening the Scene: Algorithmic Management, Workers Grievances and State Regulation

Yingqin Zheng (Royal Holloway, University of London): Algorithmic Game of Fortune and The Making of Digital Entrepreneurs: Micro-Influencing as Platform Labour in China

Hong Yu Liu (Cambridge University): Labour governance in China’s platform economy: A five-level policy analysis

Cham Kit Ming, Tat Chor Au-Yeung (Lingnan University, Hong Kong) and Anna Tsui (Chinese University of Hong Kong): Platform Work, Social Risks and Social Welfare: A Study on Workers’ Experiences and Views in Hong Kong

Yun Hao Hsin (Deparpment of Labor, Taipei City, Taiwan): Reflections on the Scope of Labor Law: Protection of Platform Workers

Chair: Chris Chan (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Day 2: 19 August 2022 (Friday)

4:00—5:30pm (GMT +8)/ 9:00am-10:30pm (British Summer Time)

Panel II: Mobilizational Praxis? Class, Gender and Ethnicity in Platform Work

Kriangsak Teerakowitkajorn & Tyler Esch (Just Economy and Labour Institute, Thailand): Towards mobilizational praxis: Emerging forms of organizing among platform workers in Southeast Asia

Lisa Leung (Lingnan University, Hong Kong): Viral(ised) (In)visibilities: Precarities of Ethnic minority food delivery workers in Hong Kong

Bo-Yi Lee (National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan): Gender, Job Quality, and the Platform-based Food-delivery Sector in Taiwan

Yvan Yonaha (Chinese University of Hong Kong): Gig Labor Struggles during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The case of the Philippines


Chair: Mounika Neerukonda (Fairwork Foundation, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford)

5:30—6:00pm (GMT +8)/ 10:30-11:00am (British Summer Time) Break

6:00—7:30pm (GMT +8)/ 11:00-12:30pm (British Summer Time)

Panel III: Platform Labour in Post-socialist China and Vietnam: divergence or convergence?

Jenny Chan (Hong Kong Polyethnic University): Independent Contractors, Migrant Households, and Cost Competitiveness in e-Commerce Logistics Chains in China


Jing Wang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong): State-led labour relations in the platform employment: collective actions, social advocacy, and responses of the state in the platform economy in China

Do Quynh Chi (Research Center for Employment Relations, Vietnam): Voice and Representation of Platform Workers: The Case of Ride-hailing Drivers in Vietnam

Dang Thai Binh (Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences): Working conditions of workers in ride-hailing platform: the case of Vietnam

Chair: Chris Chan (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Day 3: 20 August 2022 (Saturday)

4:00—5:30pm (GMT +8)/ 9:00am-10:30pm (British Summer Time)

Panel IV: The Labour Politics of Grab in Southeast Asia

(in collaboration with Asian Labour Review)

Ko Maung (Independent researcher, Myanmar)

Veasna Nuon (Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA, Cambodia)

Joe Buckley (Solidarity Center, Cambodia)

Chair: Kevin Lin (Asian Labour Review)

5:30—6:00pm (GMT +8)/ 10:30-11:00am (British Summer Time) Break

6:00—7:30pm (GMT +8)/ 11:00-12:30pm (British Summer Time)

Panel V: The Way Forward: Trade Union and Organising Strategies

Yu-Fan Chiu (National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)

Shulun Chen (Confederation of Taipei Trade Unions)

Tak-Ching Mak (Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee)

Aelim Yun (Institute of Workers’ Rights at the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions Legal Centre)

Chair: Yu-bin Chiu (National Pingtung University)