School of Journalism and Communication, CUHK - 海瑩





B.A. & M.A. in History, University of Amsterdam

B.A. & M.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Amsterdam 

Research M.A. in Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam

Ph.D. in Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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icon research Research Interests:

  • Digital Infrastructure & Culture
  • Politics of Data
  • Media, Political Ecology & Waste
  • Media, Publics & Dissent
  • Technology, Globalization & Nonwestern Cities
  • Cultural Theory

icon research Current Research:

My research explores digital infrastructure and culture, especially in Hong Kong and Istanbul. I am interested in questions of technology in particular contexts of use, where technological material affordances meet cultural aspirations and signification. For instance, I explore the politics of “openness” by looking at Open Data and fintech in Hong Kong. Furthermore, I look at data-centric governance and constructions of “accidentalness” in communication pertaining to e-waste and ecology. Last, I study smart urbanisms and the socio-technical networks of activism. Focused on two nonwestern global cities, my research tells us more about globalization, not as a story of all-encompassing connectivity and free flow but of struggle over political subjectivity and belonging, data-centric forms of cognition and control as well as emerging ethical norms and political imaginaries.

icon researchTeaching Interests:

  • Digital Media and Culture
  • Critical and Cultural Theory
  • Global Media
  • Qualitative Methods
  • STS


icon researchCompetitive Grants and Fellowships

  • Principal Investigator, Modeling ecology: Climate uncertainty and technologies of speculation. Direct Grant, funded by The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Principal Investigator, “Rerouting Free Flow: An Inter-Asian Exploration of the Politics of Data,” University Grants Council Hong Kong SAR Government, 2017.
  • Conference Convener, “Digital Media and Borders: Infrastructures, Mobilities, and Practices Across Asia and Beyond.” Conference Organization Grant, Lingnan University, 2017.
  • Principal Investigator, “Free Flow: Informational and Infrastructural Politics in Hong Kong,” Lingnan University, 2015.
  • Principal Investigator, “Excess Creativity: Invention and Imitation from Techno Park to Street Market,” Lingnan University, 2015.
  • Co-investigator, “Popular Creativity: Technologies of Productive Citizenship in Hong Kong,” Lingnan University, 2014.
  • Principal Investigator, “Governmentality through Connection: Urban Citizenship and Technology in Hong Kong,” Lingnan University, 2013.
  • Principal Investigator, Cultuurbeurs, Prins Bernhard Culture Foundation/ Carolus Magnus Foundation, Amsterdam, 2010.
  • Summer Research Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011.
  • Residence Fellowship, Netherlands Institute in Turkey. Istanbul, Turkey, 2011.


icon aboutAdvice to students:

“I am not interested in Theory, I am interested in going on theorizing” – Stuart Hall


icon researchPublication List:

Editorial Work

R. Hoyng and GPL Chong (2022). Critiquing Communication innovation: New media in a multipolar world. Michigan State University Press.

R. Hoyng (2021). Digital infrastructure, liminality and world-making via Asia. International Journal of Communication, 15.



Hoyng, R., & Chong, G. P. L. (2022). New, old, and uncertain futures: communication innovation in comparison. In R. Hoyng and G. P. L. Chong (Eds.), Critiquing communication innovation: New media in a multipolar world (pp. iix-xxxiii). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press. pdf

Hoyng, R., & Chong, G. P. L. (Eds.) (2022). Critiquing communication innovation: New media in a multipolar world. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press. 

Hoyng, R. (2022) The price of speculation: Fintech risk regimes in Hong Kong. Cultural Studies. pdf

Hoyng, R. (in press 2022). Datacenters: In the middle of nowhere and everywhere. In T. Hristova, B. Neilson, and N. Rossiter (eds) Data farms: circuits, labour, territory. London: Open Humanities Press.

Hoyng, R. (2021). Toward a viral circular economy? Affections of data and waste. In G. Hawkins and N. Rossiter (eds) Contagion design: Labour, economy, habits, data. London: Open Humanities Press. Available at:

Hoyng, R. (2021). Digital infrastructure and the politics of liminality. International Journal of Communication, 15, 2600–2612. pdf

Hoyng, R. & Es, M. (2020). Material politics facing post-truth: Speculation, infrastructure and ecology in Turkey. Antipode, 52 (6), 1731-1750.

Hoyng, R. (2020). From Open Data to “grounded openness”: Recursive politics and postcolonial struggle in Hong Kong. Television and New Media. pdf

Hoyng, R. (2020). Platforms for populism? The affective issue crowd and its disconnections. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 12(6), 984-1001. pdf

Hoyng, R. (2019). Aggregations of the opaque: Rethinking datafication and e-waste. First Monday, 24(4). pdf

Hoyng, R. (2018). Logistics of the accident: E-waste management in Hong Kong. In B. Neilson, N. Rossiter & R. Samaddar (Eds.), Logistical Asia: The labor of making a world region (pp. 199 – 220). Singapore: Palgrave McMillan.

Hoyng, R. (2018). The politics of skilland potential in an “emerging” region: Upskilling initiatives in Istanbul. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 21(6), 651–668.

Hoyng, R. (2017). Transparency in the rupture? Open Data and the datafication of society. Tecnoscienza: Italian Journal of Science and Technology Studies, 8(20), 190-195.

Hoyng, R. & Es, M. (2017). Conspiratorial webs: Media ecology and parallel realities in Turkey. International Journal of Communication 11, 4219-4238.

Hoyng, R. (2017). Politics by other means: Post-digital gameplay in Hong Kong. Javnost-The Public, 24(3), 284-299.

Servaes, J. (50%) and Hoyng, R. (50%). (2017). The tools of social change: A critique of techno-centric development and activism. New Media & Society, 19(2), 255-271.

Hoyng, R. (2016). From infrastructural breakdown to data vandalism: Re-politicizing the smart city? Television and New Media, 16(5), 397-415.

Hoyng, R. (2016). A socio-technical contract: network governance and ICT4D in Turkey. Telematics and Informatics, 33, 139–149.

Hoyng, R. (2014). Place brands, nonbrands, tags, and queries: The networks of urban activism in the creative city Istanbul. Cultural Studies, 28(3), 494-517.

Hoyng, R. (2014). Circuits of shock and bunk: testing citizenship in the Dutch blogosphere. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 17(4), 347-362.

Hoyng, R. (2012). Popping up, fading out: Participatory networks and Istanbul’s creative city project. Culture Machine, 3, 1-23.



Hoyng, R. (2020). Başka araçlarla siyaset: Hong Kong’ta post-dijital oyun” (Politics by other means: Post-digital gameplay in Hong Kong). In Mutlu Binark (Ed.), Asya’da popüler kültür ve medya. Um:ag Vakfı Yayınları. Translation by Umut Yener Kara.


Other Writings

Hoyng, R and Shek, S (2021). Open Data Sovereignty? Lessons from Hong Kong. Internet Society of Hong Kong, Newsletter December 2021. Also available via Datactive:

Hoyng, Rolien and Murat Es. (2015). “Censorship and Conspiracy Theories Rule the Day in Post- Election Turkey.” Open Democracy, November 4, 2015. Available at:

Hoyng, Rolien and Murat Es. (2014). “Umbrella Revolution: The Academy Reflects on Hong Kong’s Struggle.” Open Democracy, October 2, 2014. Available at: