I-Liang Wahn

Full-Time Assistant Professor

  • ilwahn@fcu.edu.tw

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Essex, UK

Research areas

Economic Sociology, Sociology of Market, Sociology of Consumption, Solidarity Economy, Neoliberalism, Alternative Food Networks, Karl Polanyi


Society Design, Critical Thinking,Creative Thinking and Problem Solving

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  • PhD in Sociology, University of Essex, UK
  • MA in Sociology, University of Manchester, UK
  • BA in Economics, National Taiwan University, Taiwan


Current Positions

Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Public Affairs and Social Innovation Feng Chia University, Taiwan (2016-)


Previous Positions

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, National Chengchi University, Taiwan (2016-2018)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for China Studies, National Chengchi University, Taiwan (2014-2016)
  • Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University (2008~09)


Academic Honor and Awards

  • Recruitment of Extraordinary Talent Award, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan (2017)
  • Travel Award by EHESS France-Japan Foundation, for presenting paper at Society for the Advancement of Social Economics annual conference, (2014)
  • Travel Grant for Young Overseas Scholar, Japan Sociological Society, (2012)
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, by Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation (2012-2013)
  • Scholarship for Studying Abroad, by Ministry of Education, Taiwan (2009~11)
  • Small Research Grants for conferences, Department of Sociology, University of Essex


Invited Talks

  • 台湾食农网络的发展与环保消费,北京農夫市集,集室--北京有机农夫市集社区中心,April 19th 2018
  • “你買的是小確幸,還是永續? 團結力量大,消費者站出來”, talk delivered at 人文講堂, 大愛電視台, May, 27th, 2017
  • “減重到減碳: 消費的社會經濟”, talk gave at Sociology Department, National Chengchi University, December 19th, 2016


Academic Services

  • Reviewer, Journal of Consumer Culture (2018)
  • Reviewer, Issues and Studies (2016)
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Consumer Studies (2014、2018)


  • Wahn I-Liang “A social economy approach to sustainable consumption: Alternative food networks in Taiwan” (Revise and Resubmit), Consumption Markets & Culture, (SSCI, IF: 2.232)
  • 萬尹亮 (2018) 在社運和市場之間的北京食農團體,庶民文化研究,第18期
  • Wahn, I-Liang “Instituting the self-regulating consumer: Fake Fighters, Netizens, and rights’ defenders in China”, The Sociological Quarterly, (Accepted) (SSCI, IF: 1.61; 54/143 in Sociology)
  • Wahn, I-Liang “The relations between the state and consumers and institutional dynamics in East Asian consumer capitalism”, Journal of Consumer Culture (Accepted) (SSCI, IF: 3.579; Cultural Studies 1 out of 39 | Sociology 4 out of 143)
  • Wahn, I-Liang (2015) “The Transformation of consumer movements through democratization and the development of civil society in Taiwan”, the International Journal of Consumer Studies, 39 (5), Pg. 506-514 (SSCI, IF: 1.293)
  • Wahn, I-Liang “Consumer Mobilization in China: Policy or Movement?” Graduate Journal of Sociology, University of Essex, issue 12, pp.46-58, 2012 (有審查制度)
  • Wahn, I-Liang “Variety of Consumerism and East Asia” Graduate Journal of Sociology, University of Essex, issue 11, pp.5-14, 2011 (有審查制度)


Working Papers


Conference Papers

  • Wahn, I-Liang (2018) Quality in alternative food movements: Solidarity or sustainable consumption, Society for the Advancement of Socio-economics Conference, Kyoto Japan, 23-25 June
  • 萬尹亮 (2017) 永續消費的社會經濟過程:樹合苑個案, 台灣社會學年會, 輔仁大學, 11/25-11/26
  • Wahn, I-Liang (2017) Solidarity and practices of sustainable consumption: analysising a consumer cooperative in Taiwan, the 14th International Karl Polanyi Conference, South Korea on 12-14 October
  • Wahn I-Liang (2017) Exploring a social economy approach to sustainable consumption: Polanyian perspective on AFNs in Taiwan, European Sociological Association Bi-annual conference, Athens, Greece 29 Aug. - 1 Sept.
  • Wahn I-Liang (2016) “Trusting, Qualification, and Practices in Alternative Food Networks in Taiwan”. Young Scholar Workshop, European Research Center for Contemporary Taiwan, University of Tubingen, Germany, June 27th


Public Writing

Research & Teaching

Teaching at ISTM in Fall 2018/Spring 2019

  • Critical Thinking (FCU-RMIT Program Year 2)


Research Interests

  • Economic Sociology
  • Sociology of Market
  • Sociology of Consumption
  • Solidarity Economy
  • Neoliberalism
  • Alternative Food Networks
  • Karl Polanyi


Research Grants

  • “Sustainable consumption in Alternative Food Networks: comparing Taiwan and China”, research project funded by MOST, Taiwan 2017-2018, 106-2410-H-035-001-MY2
  • Travel Grant, 2nd EMES-Polanyi Seminar, funded by MOST, Taiwan, 2016, 105-2914-I-004 -013 -A1
  • Travel grant, Young Scholar Workshop, European Research Center for Contemporary Taiwan, University of Tubingen, German (2016)