Dr Heather Xiaoquan Zhang

Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies

+44 (0)113 3433497

Summary: Socio-economic and human development in China and Southeast Asia (Vietnam); global-local linkages and the impact of globalisation on local development

Location: Michael Sadler Building Room 4.24

Overview

About Dr Heather Xiaoquan Zhang

Trained as a political scientist and having worked in areas of development studies and China studies, Dr Zhang has research interests straddling both fields.  She specialises in development in China and Vietnam, as well as research methodology.  Her research focuses on gender, the social impact of HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, migration, poverty and inequality, health and wellbeing in China and Southeast Asia.

Ongoing Research

I am currently working on a number of projects exploring issues in relation to China's urban and rural development from perspectives of social risk, insecurity, social networks, agency and sustainability:

  • Poverty dynamics and institutional change
  • Urban homelessness and inclusionary urban development
  • Migration, health and livelihoods
  • Routledge Handbook of Rural China

Key Publications and Activities

Books and Book Contributions

    • (2015) (ed.) Rural Livelihoods in China: Political Economy in Transition, London and New York: Routledge, in the series Routledge Explorations in Development Studies. See: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415844673/
    • (2015) Introduction: Rural livelihood transformation and political economy in China, in Zhang, Heather Xiaoquan (ed.) Rural Livelihoods in China: Political Economy in Transition, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 1-18 
    • (2015) Migration, risk and livelihood struggles in China, in Zhang, Heather Xiaoquan (ed.) Rural Livelihoods in China: Political Economy in Transition, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 21-47 
    • (2015) (with Loubere) Rural finance and development in China: The state of the art and ways forward, in Zhang, Heather Xiaoquan (ed.) Rural Livelihoods in China: Political Economy in Transition, London & New York: Routledge, pp. 151-174
    • (2014) Chinese cities and mobile livelihoods: Migration, risk and social networks, in Wu, Fulong, Zhang, Fangzhu and Webster, Chris (eds.) Rural migrants in urban China, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 36-50
    • (2009) "Social Policy Programs: Overview", Encyclopedia of Modern China, Detroit, MI.: Charles Scribner's Sons, pp. 430-32 
    • (2009) "Rural Development since 1978: Three Rural Issues", Encyclopedia of Modern China, Detroit, MI.: Charles Scribner's Sons, pp.316-18
    • (2007) (eds.) (with Wu, B. and Sanders, R.) Marginalisation in China: Perspectives on Transition and Globalisation, in the series Marginal Regions (in association with International Geographical Union - Dynamics of Marginal and Critical Regions), Aldershot : Ashgate.
    • (2007) (with Sanders, R.) Introduction: Marginalisation and Globalisation in Transitional China, in Zhang, H. X., Wu, B. and Sanders, R. (eds.) Marginalisation in China: Perspectives on Transition and Globalisation, pp. 1-11, Ashgate.
    • (2007) Conceptualising the Links: Migration, Health and Sustainable Livelihoods in China, in Zhang, H. X., Wu, B. and Sanders, R. (eds.) Marginalisation in China: Perspectives on Transition and Globalisation, pp. 195-214, Ashgate.
    • (2004) Gender Difference in Inheritance Rights: Observations from a Chinese Village, in Ho, Peter; Eyferth, Jacob and Vermeer, Eduard B. (eds.) Rural Development in Transitional China : the new agriculture, pp. 252-77, London : Frank Cass.
    • (2003) (with Kelly et al.) Migration in a transitional economy: beyond the planned and spontaneous dichotomy in Vietnam, Third International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS3) Abstracts of Papers, pp. 85, Singapore : National University of Singapore, 19-22 August.
    • (1999) Understanding Changes in Women's Status in the Context of the Recent Rural Reform in China, in West, Jackie, Zhao, Minghua, Chang, Xiangqun and Cheng, Yuan (eds.) Women of China: Economic and Social Transformation, pp. 45-66, London: Macmillan.

Journal Articles

    • (2017) (with Wu, Q; Liu, C) Urban education differentiation and its socio-economic consequences: An internet–survey-based structural equation modeling analysis of new white collar workers in Nanjing, China. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. Vol. 48, pp. 1-9 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rssm.2016.11.001
    • (2015) (with Loubere, N) Co-operative Financial Institutions and Local Development in China. Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management (JCOM). Vol. 3, pp. 32-39 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcom.2015.03.001
    • (2012) Protecting Mobile Livelihoods: Actors' Responses to the Emerging Health Challenges in Beijing and Tianjin, Modern China, Vol. 38 No. 4, pp. 446-478  
    • (2012) (with McWhinney, J.) Working with the homeless: The case of non-profit organisation in Shanghai, Local Economy, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 373-387 
    • (2010) (with Locke, C.) A Better Life? Migration, Reproduction and Wellbeing in Transition, Society, Biology and Human Affairs, Vol. 75 No. 2, pp. 51-71. 
    • (2009) Guest Editor of Special Issue: Transforming Rural China: Beyond the Urban Bias? Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Vol. 38 No. 4.
    • (2006) (with Kelly, et al.) Migration in a transitional economy: beyond the planned and spontaneous dichotomy in Vietnam, Geoforum, Vol. 37, No. 6, pp. 1066-1081.
    • (2004) The Gathering Storm: AIDS Policy in China, Journal of International Development, Vol. 16, No. 8, pp. 1155-1168.
    • (2004) (with Locke, C.) Interpreting Reproductive Rights: Institutional Responses to the Agenda in the 1990s, Public Administration and Development. Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 41-50.
    • (2003) Gender Difference in Inheritance Rights: Observations from a Chinese Village, The Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 30, Nos 3-4, April/July, pp. 252-77.
    • (2003) (with Lin, G.) Tackling the AIDS Challenge, China - Britain Trade Review, January, pp. 21-22.
    • (2002) (with Locke, C.) Contextualising Reproductive Rights Challenges: the Vietnam Situation, Women's Studies International Forum, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 443-453.
    • (2002) (with Lin, G.) Facing Up to the AIDS Challenge, China Review, No. 23, pp. 11-13.
    • (2000) (with Locke, C.) Social Analysis and Selective Inclusions in Rights-Based Approaches to Reproductive Health, Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford, Vol. XXXI, No. 1, pp. 85-100.
    • (1999), Female Migration and Urban Labour Markets in Tianjin, Development and Change, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 21-41.
    • (1997), State Policy and Women's Autonomy in Rural China, Issues & Studies, Vol. 33, No. 5, pp. 80-101.

Working papers, research reports and other publications in the public domain

    • (2013) (with Loubere, N.) Rural finance, livelihoods and development in China, Duisburg Working Papers on East Asian Studies, No. 94. Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
    • (2010) Livelihoods and Migrants' Social Protection: An Investigation of Migration and Health in Beijing and Tianjin, North China, Leeds East Asian Papers (LEAP), New Series No. 2. University of Leeds, UK.
    • (2010) Migration, Risk and Livelihoods: A Chinese Case, Duisburg Working Papers on East Asian Studies, No. 85. Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
    • (2009) (with Locke, C.) Missing Links between Migration and Reproduction in Vietnam and China, Working Paper No. 14, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK
    • (2009) (with Christiansen, F.) The Political Economy of Rural Development in China: Reflections on Current Rural Policy, Duisburg Working Papers on East Asian Studies No. 81, Institute of East Asian Studies, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
    • (2008) Health and social protection for rural-urban migrants: Chinese experiences and lessons for Vietnam, Proceedings of the International Conference, Trends of Urbanisation and Suburbanisation in Southeast Asia, Vol. 1, Ho Chi Minh City: Centre for Urban and Development Studies.
    • (2008) China Urbanizes: Consequences, Strategies and Policies, Edited by Shahid Yusuf and Tony Saich, Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2008. Book review, The China Quarterly, 195: 696-698.
    • (2005) Migration, Health and Sustainable Livelihood in China, Leeds East Asia Papers, No. 68. Leeds: Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds.
    • (2005) Changing China: A Geographical Appraisal, Edited by Chiao-min Hsieh and Max Lu, 2004, Boulder : Westview Press, China Information, 19(1): 138-40 (book review).
    • (2001) (with Locke, C.) Implementing Reproductive Rights: Population Debates and Institutional Responses to the New Agenda, Research Report, Social Policy Research Programme, School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia.
    • (2001) (with Kelly, et al.) Structure and Implications of Migration in a Transitional Economy: Beyond the Planned and Spontaneous Dichotomy in Vietnam, Centre for Social and Economic Research on Global Environment (CSERGE) Working Paper, No. GEC 01-01, University of East Anglia and University College London.
    • (1997) Making a Difference in Their Own Lives: Rural Women in the Urban Labour Market in North China, Leeds East Asia Papers, No. 50, University of Leeds.
    • (1995) Progress or Retrogression for Chinese Women?: The Cultural Revolution (1966-76) Revisited, Strathclyde Papers on Government and Politics, No. 104, University of Strathclyde.

    Invited Speaker (pre-2007 omitted) 

      • 2016: Invited panel speaker, the Civil Society panel, Oxford China Forum, University of Oxford, 20 February
      • 2014: Invited seminar speaker 'Dynamics of urban poverty: A qualitative longitudinal study of poor families in two communities in Tianjin, China', Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai, 6 January
      • 2013: Invited conference speaker 'Applying Qualitative Longitudinal Methodology to the Study of Poverty Dynamics: The Case of Dibao Households in Tianjin, China', at The Social Policy Committee of Chinese Sociological Association’s Annual Conference and the 9th International Symposium & Lectures on Social Policy, Fudan University, Shanghai 14-15 July
      • 2013: Invited trainer/speaker 'Applying qualitative research methods in the study of poverty and social policy', Summer School on Social Policy in China, Fudan University, Shanghai  16 July
      • 2013: Invited speaker ‘Labour market, welfare reforms and poverty dynamics in urban China’, Developing China seminars, King’s College London, UK, 27 February
      • 2012: Invited by the think-tank Gatehouse to give a keynote at the conference ‘A Bottom-up View of China’s Future Growth’ entitled ‘Urbanisation and Labour Migration in China: A Demographic and Social Development Landscape’, London, 26 November
      • 2012: Invited to attend the conference ‘Understanding Contemporary China: Glancing Back and Looking Forward’, Centre of Contemporary China Studies, University of Oxford. 7-8 July
      • 2012: Invited speaker ‘Gender and migration approaches in social work in Asia: Migration, reproduction and well-being’, at the international conference ‘Gender and Migration – An Asian Dimension’, co-organised by Vietnam National University and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 24-25 May
      • 2012: invited seminars and lectures on China’s rural-urban migration, risk and social protection in Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Chinese University of Hong Kong, February-March
      • 2011: invited speaker, ‘Poverty dynamics and institutional change in urban Tiajin’, Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences, Tianjin, China, 7 September
      • 2011: invited speaker, ‘From impoverishment to escaping poverty: a qualitative longitudinal study of poor families in two communities in Tianjin’, China’s 7th Social Policy Forum, organised by Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, 26-28 August
      • 2011: invited speaker, ‘Migration, risk and entrepreneurship: The case of a Hui family from Qinghai’, Qinghai Academy of Social Sciences, Xining, China, 10 August
      • 2011: invited speaker, ‘Flexibility and eclecticism in fieldwork research – a Chinese case’, at the workshop ‘Social Sciences and Area Specialisation in Research Methods Teaching: Linking Research and Teaching Practice’, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford, 10-11 March  
      • 2010: Invited seminar speaker 'Narrating livelihoods across rural-urban spaces: Migration, risk and networks - a Chinese case', the Worldwide Universities Network Contemporary China Centre Virtual Seminar Series, 28 October
      • 2010: Invited keynote speaker, Globalisation and Gender in Rural China, at 7th East-West Dialogue: Gender Equality and Development, Barcelona, Spain, 26-27 October.
      • 2010: Invited speaker, Migration, risk and social protection in China, China's 6th Social Policy Conference, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 27-29 August
      • 2010 invited speaker, Narrating mobile livelihoods in China: Risk, agency and networks, at the international conference 'China 2020' hosted by the China Institute, University of Alberta, Canada, 8-9 July
      • 2010: Invited discussant of the paper 'Social quality in China: Problems and prospects', at the international conference 'China 2020' at the China Institute, University of Alberta, Canada, 8-9 July
      • 2010: Invited speaker, Risk, networks and agency: A Chinese case study, at the Networks in Chinese Society Workshop, University of Oxford, 13-14 April
      • 2010: Invited lecture 'rural-urban migration, risk and livelihoods in China,' School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, 9 March
      • 2010: Invited seminar speaker, Department of Politics, University of Glasgow, 8 February 
      • 2009: Invited speaker, 'A story of an entrepreneurial migrant family in China: Risk and livelihoods', at the international conference Risk and East Asia, Berlin, Germany, 20-22 November. 
      • 2009: Invited speaker at International Workshop Women Crossing Borders: International Careers in East Asian Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany, 19 November. 
      • 2009: Invited seminar speaker, 'Current state of Chinese Studies and social policy research in the UK', Department of Social Security and Risk Management, College of Public Administration, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou China, 4 September. 
      • 2009: Invited speaker, 'Comparison of welfare in China and the UK' at China Social Welfare Forum, organised and hosted by Centre for Social Policy Research and Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing China, 28-29 August. 
      • 2008: Invited trainer/speaker "How To Gain Access To Community And Communicate Effectively With Interviewees", at the Research and Training Workshop "Providing Social Services For Children And Community" co-organised by UNICEF and Nankai University, hosted by the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, Nankai University, Tianjin, 28-30 November. 
      • 2008: Invited to attend a roundtable discussion on Migration and Development: What Can We Learn from the Chinese Experience? Jointly organised by DFID, UNDP and Social Science Research Council, Beijing, 17 December 
      • 2008: Invited speaker, 'Health and social protection for rural-urban migrants: Chinese experiences and lessons for Vietnam', at the international conference Trends of Urbanisation and Suburbanisation in Southeast Asia, jointly organised by LPED of University of Provence, France; Research Institute for Development, France; and the Centre for Urban and Development Studies (CEFURDS), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, hosted by CEFURDS, HCMC, 9-11 December (The paper is published in the conference proceedings). 
      • 2008: Invited speaker, 'Migrants' social protection in urban China: Health and livelihoods' at the international workshop "Mobility and Health - Health Risks and Health Strategies of Rural Migrants in Urban China", co-organised by Department of Chinese Studies of Free University Berlin and Department of Anthropology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, 10-11 November. 
      • 2008: Invited speaker, 'Exploring issues of protecting mobile livelihoods: Actors' responses to the emerging health challenges in Beijing and Tianjin' at the international workshop "Social problems and the local welfare mix in China: Public policies and private initiatives" jointly organised by University of Technology Sydney's China Research Centre, Scottish Centre for Chinese Social Science Research of University of Glasgow, and Department of Social Policy and Social Work of Nankai University, Tianjin, 27-30 October. 
      • 2008: Invited speaker, 'Gendering globalisation: An exploration of its implications for women in rural China', at the international conference Chinese Society and China Studies hosted by the School of Sociology, Nanjing University, China, 24-26 October (The paper is published in the Conference Proceedings). 
      • 2008: Invited seminar 'migration, health and livelihoods' at the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, Nankai University, China, 7 September 
      • 2008: invited Trainer, China in the World Postgraduate Research Summer School: 'China, Europe and the World', University of Bristol, UK, 14-18 July 
      • 2008: Invited lecture 'Migration and health in China' at the Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Cologne, Germany, 3 June 
      • 2008: Invited by the British Academy to participate in its roundtable on 'Europe and the Wider World' around the theme of 'Social Inequality', London 13 March 
      • 2008: Invited lecture 'HIV/AIDS and its development implications: The case of China', University of Reading, UK, 7 February 
      • 2007: invited speaker ' China's social policy in transition: beyond the urban-rural divide?' at the international conference -'Policy Interventions and Rural Transformations: Comparative Issues', China Agricultural University, Beijing, 10-16 September. 
      • 2007: invited Trainer/Speaker, Postgraduate Research Summer School -' China, Globalisation and Social Stratification', University of Leeds, 24-27 July. 
      • 2007: invited by the National Institute of Japanese Studies, WREAC and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science as a discussant on occupational health and risk in China at the International Symposium'Mediating Risk in East Asia', Sheffield, 1 July. 
      • 2007: invited speaker by the EastAsiaNet - a network of European research schools - on'China's social policy in transition: new risks and institutional responses' at the international workshop' Framing Risk: Hazard Perceptions as a Crucial Factor in Imagining East Asia' hosted by the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, University of Lund, Sweden, 1-2 June.

    Research Grants & Externally-funded Projects 

      • 2016-17 Rural-urban migration and inclusionary urbanisation in China, British Council (Newton Fund), Principle Investigator
      • 2013-14 Understanding homelessness in Chinese cities, British Academy, Principal Investigator  
      • 2011 Rural-urban migration, risk and social protection in China, British Academy, Principal Investigator
      • 2009 Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) research award
      • 2008 Universities China Committee in London research grant
      • 2008 Worldwide Universities Network WUN Research Mobility Award  
      • 2007 Universities China Committee in London research grant 
      • 2007 ESRC Research Methods Programme grant 
      • 2006 British Academy Overseas Conference Grant 
      • 2005 Migration, health and livelihoods in China, British Academy, Principal Investigator. 
      • 2006 Universities China Committee in London research grant 
      • 2005 Universities China Committee in London research grant 
      • 2003 Secretariat of ICAS3 conference grant 

                External Examination of Research Degrees and Taught Postgraduate Programmes

                I have served as the External Examiner of PhD thesis at the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands, University of Nottingham, UK, Liverpool John Moores University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Glasgow, University of York, Australian National University, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Manchester, Royal Holloway/University of London, etc. 

                I served as the External Examiner of 1) MSc in Modern Chinese Studies; 2)MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies; 3) MPhil in Modern Chinese Art, University of Oxford, UK, 2008-2013

                I served as the External Advisor in the Validation Panel for MSc in International Health, University of Cambria, UK, 2008

                Assessor/Evaluator for Research Councils in the UK and Abroad

                I have acted as Expert Evaluator for the EU Horizon 2020 programme, Assessor/Evaluator of research grant applications and end-of-grant reports for UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Research Grant Council, Hong Kong (RGC), The American University of Sharjah, The National Geographic Society (USA) 

                Reviewer for Academic Publishers

                I have served as reviewer of books for leading academic publishers, e.g. Routledge, Polity Press, Zed Books, Ashgate, Pearson Longman, and of manuscripts for academic journals, e.g. the China Quarterly, Asia Pacific Migration Journal, Culture, Health and Sexuality, Women's Studies International Forum, Modern China, International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Critical Asian Studies, Habitat International, Asian Population Studies, and so on. etc.

                Other Conference Papers

                  • 2013: 'Poverty dynamics and social mobility in urban China,' 8th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 8), University of Macau, Macau, 24-27 June
                  • 2013: attended the Higher Education Academy Social Sciences conference 'Teaching research methods: Developing a pedagogical culture in the Social Sciences', Liverpool 23-24 May 
                  • 2012: Poverty dynamics as shaped by labour market and welfare reforms in urban China, UK Development Studies Association annual conference, Institute of Education, University of London, 3 November
                  • 2009: (with McWhinney) Sustainable Urban Development: The Case of the Renewal Centre for Poor and Homeless Migrants in Shanghai, paper presented at the International Symposium Building Global Cities: Shanghai and Sydney, University of Sydney, 19-20 November.
                  • 2007: Protecting mobile livelihoods: Actors' responses to emerging challenges, paper presented at the international symposium Livelihoods, mobility and development: The Chinese experiences, hosted by National Institute of Chinese Studies, WREAC, Leeds, 30 November - 1 December.
                  • 2006: Citizenship and livelihood sustainability: a study of migration and health in China, presented at the 8th European Conference of Agricultural and Rural Development in China (ECARDC8), Yiwu, China, 31 August - 2 September.
                  • 2006 (with Locke, C.): Migration, Reproduction and Wellbeing in Transition, presented at European Population Conference 2006, organised by European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) and Department of Geography, The University of Liverpool, Liverpool, 21-24 June.
                  • 2006: Linking teaching and research: interactions and dynamics, presented at The Chester Centre for Stress Research (CCSR) Seminar, 6 April.
                  • 2005: Migration, health and sustainable livelihoods in China, presented at 4th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS4), Shanghai, 21-24 August
                  • 2004 (with Boran, A.): The implications of transnational migration for health in the North West of England, presented at the North West Public Health Academic Seminar, University of Salford, Salford, England, 30 January.
                  • 2003: (with Boran, A.): No Respecter of Borders: the globalisation of disease, presented at the conference Implications of Globalisation: present imperfect, future tense? University of Chester, Chester, England, 17-19 November.
                  • 2003: Structure and implications of migration in a transitional economy: beyond the planned and spontaneous dichotomy in Vietnam, presented at the Third International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS3), National University of Singapore, Singapore 19-22 August.
                  • 1999: Gender Difference in Inheritance Rights: Observations from a Chinese Village, presented at the Annual Conference of UK Development Studies Association (DSA), University of Bath, UK, 12-14 September.

                Conference Organisation

                  • 2015: convening and chairing a panel on 'Connecting the urban, the peri-urban and the rural: Towards an integrated approach to researching China's urbanisation', at 12th European Conference of Agriculture and Rural Development in China, Nankai University, 11-13 December
                  • 2013: convening and chairing a double panel on ‘Constructing a Comprehensive Welfare System In China: Opportunities And Challenges’ at 8th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 8), University of Macau, Macau, 24-27 June
                  • 2010: co-convenor of a double panel (with Dr John Hudson, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York) 'Social Policy in China and East Asia: Perspectives on Urban-rural Integration and Comparative Welfare Systems', China's 6th Social Policy Conference, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 27-29 August.
                  • 2009: Lead organiser of Ninth European Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development in China (ECARDC9) Rethinking urban-rural interactions in China's agricultural development: Beyond the urban bias? hosted by Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds with National Institute of Chinese Studies, White Rose East Asia Centre, UK, 3-5 April.
                  • 2009: Convenor of the panel Societal Responses to Risk in China's Agricultural and Rural Development at Ninth European Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development in China (ECARDC9), University of Leeds, UK 3-5 April.
                  • 2007: Organising the international symposium Livelihoods, mobility and development: The Chinese experiences, hosted by National Institute of Chinese Studies, WREAC, Leeds, 30 November - 1 December.
                  • 2006: Convening and chairing a panel on Reassessing the Nexus between Migration and Poverty, at the 8th European Conference on Agricultural and Rural Development in China (ECARDC8) organised by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), the Netherlands, Yiwu City, Zhejiang, China, 31 August-2 September.
                  • 2006: Coordinating an ESRC workshop which launched the second call in the DFID-ESRC research scheme on international poverty reduction, University of Chester, 3 May.
                  • 2005: Convening and chairing a panel on rural-urban connections in China at the 4th International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS4), organised by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), the Netherlands, Shanghai, 19-23 August.

                Honorary Posts

                • Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK
                • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS/IBG), UK 
                • Member, Development Studies Association (DSA) UK
                • Member, Steering Committee, European Conference on Agricultural and Rural Development in China (ECARDC)
                • Member, Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network
                • Member, International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) network

                Teaching

                As well as the below modules, I have been heavily involved in the supervision of undergraduate, and on-site and online MA dissertations, and also contributed to inter-departmental, inter-school teaching and research training, including GEND 5105M Global Genders at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies and the PhD training course provided by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

                Undergraduate  

                  • EAST 3150 Women and Family in Chinese Society (convenor)
                  • EAST 3140 Chinese Society (convenor)
                  • Undergraduate dissertation supervision 

                Postgraduate

                  • EAST 5015M China's Development (convenor)
                  • EAST 5051M MA Dissertation (non-work placement) (convenor)
                  • EAST 5903M Principles and Practice of Research 1 (convenor)
                  • MA dissertation supervision

                PhD Supervision

                I am currently supervising/co-supervising the following PhD students

                • Huimin Wang, Discursive and Cultural Representation of China in American Newspapers: a Critical Perspective (China Scholarship Council-Leeds University PhD Scholarship)
                • Shengnan Guo, Caught between two worlds: transnational migration of Chinese luoshang 
                • Wenjing Jin, Intergenerational contract: Long-term Care Service for the frail elderly in China (China Scholarship Council-Leeds University PhD Scholarship)
                • Shiping Yu, Gender dynamics, livelihoods and women’s agency in rural China (China Scholarship Council-Leeds University PhD Scholarship)
                • John Harwood, Ethnic identities of Chinese migrant workers in Japan (AHRC PhD scholarship)

                I have supervised the following PhD students to successful completion:

                • Kirsten Besemer, Rural livelihoods and inequality under trade liberalisation: A case study of Southern Vietnam (university tuition fees scholarship)
                • Caroline Fielder, A call to alms: nascent civil society and the role of faith-based organisations in China (ESRC PhD scholarship)
                • Lewis Husain, Implementing and innovating: Local governments in the development of China’s New Cooperative Medical Scheme (ESRC PhD scholarship)
                • Nicholas Loubere, Microcredit in rural China: Implementation, livelihoods and development (University of Leeds fully-funded international research scholarship)

                I am happy to supervise in areas of contemporary China studies, especially relating to China's rural and urban development, social policy, migration, gender, health and well-being.

                Guidance on PhDs can be found in the Research Postgraduate pages.