Luna Fu

Luna Fu


I am a PhD student and feminist researcher in Gender Studies at the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. 

My academic journey began with a BA in English Language and Literature, which I completed at Beijing Foreign Studies University in China in 2021. During this time, I nurtured my interest in sociology, ultimately leading me to pursue further studies in the United Kingdom in 2021. In 2022, I successfully attained my Master of Science in Sociology and Global Change from the University of Edinburgh. My Master’s dissertation Women's Agency Against Toxic Hegemonic Masculinity: An Analysis of the Social Media Posts of Chinese Women Experiencing Pick-up Artist Behaviours focuses on women’s agency, hegemonic masculinity and intimate relationships in the Chinese context, which embarked my current research interest in masculinity studies.

Research interests

My PhD research project focuses on masculinities within the organisations. Specifically, I explore how hegemonic masculinity is constructed within the Civil Service System of the People’s Republic of China, and, how male employees internalise, conform to, or resist these hegemonic masculinities and gender ideals within the system through their lived experiences, which hopes to contribute to a more grounded understanding of the dynamics of modern Chinese hegemonic masculinities and other alternative masculinities.

I am interested in exploring the transformation and reconfiguration of masculinities both in the production and reproduction processes within contemporary Chinese society, so as to offer insights into the dynamic and evolving nature of masculinity, where changing social and ideological forces intersect with established gender norms, for example, in the neoliberalism, consumerism and feminism contexts.

My research interest:

  • Masculinities
  • Feminism and postfeminism
  • Gender and organisation
  • Intimate relationships
  • Sexuality




  • BA English Language and Literature (First-class)
  • MSc Sociology and Global Change (High Merit)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies