Hong Lian is a PhD candidate in sociology at Peking University and a current visiting scholar at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. His main area of research is on institutional operations and changes, with a focus on governmental institutions and organizations in China.
Lian is researching bureaucratic environmental regulations. He is utilizing in-depth participatory observations to understand how institutions affect government officials' behaviors, how officials respond to institutional changes, and how institutions are created and altered.
His most recent publication is the forthcoming article "The Limit of Bureaucratic Power in Organizations: The Case of the Chinese Bureaucracy" (with Xueguang Zhou and Yun Ai), in Research in the Sociology of Organizations.