Yen-Ting Hsu

Yen-Ting Hsu
  • 9500 Gilman Dr
    Mail Code: 0533
    La Jolla , California 92093

MA: Columbia University, Sociology

BBA: National Taiwan University, International Business

Research Interests: Culture, Expertise, Civic Participation, Participatory Democracy, Deliberation, Community Empowerment, Urban Governance, Science, Technology and Society

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Yen-Ting Hsu is a Ph.D. student in Sociology who also affiliates in the Science Studies Program. Before coming to UC San Diego, he actively involved in the participatory budgeting movement in Taiwan and acted as an action researcher for Participatory Budgeting in Taichung City (two-minute intro clip: Such work experience allowed him to apply the knowledge he gained through researching Participatory Budgeting in New York City on the one hand, and brought him first-hand data to rethink the role of citizens’ voice and collective action in an unequal society on the other hand.

Inspired by the perspective of sociology of expertise, Hsu hopes to keep pushing forward discussions regarding tensions in community governance in his research projects—democratization versus tyranny, solidarity versus conflict, and empowered governance versus the loss of expert authority. More specifically, how is progressive social change possible in a world characterized by a deep social inequality? And how does democratic boundary shifts in participatory governance projects? It is in this sense that his research lies mainly at the intersection of cultural, political, urban sociology and science, technology and society.