Biography

Sociologist with specialist expertise in Chinese society, family politics, disaster and risk society and Marxist theory. I am currently interested in public discourses of the family using critical discourse analysis approaches.

I studied Chinese Studies and an MA in Advanced Chinese Studies at the Unviersity of Leeds, and completed my PhD in Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. My PhD was fully funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) as part of the "Risk and East Asia" Graduate College at Duisburg-Essen. 

I have recently achieved fellowship of the HEA and teach widely across the undergraduate curricula in the Social Sciences.

Qualifications

BA Chinese Studies (Modern) - University of Leeds

MA Advanced Chinese Studies - University of Leeds

PhD in Sociology - University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Research interests

My research expertise is in sociological approaches to family, with a regional specialisation on Chinese society, and theoretical perspectives on risk, everyday life, and Marxism in particular reference to the People's Republic of China. My prize winning PhD thesis explored ways in which mainland Chinese families devastated by the death of a relative in a natural disaster were encouraged to undergo, and portrayed as, "normalising" by the Chinese state media and both central and local policy.

For this project, I independently arranged and conducted interviews in Mandarin Chinese with residents of Sichuan, where the 7.9M Wenchuan earthquake struck in 2008. I conducted an analysis of approximately 200 news and media items concerning the policies and portrayals of families in the earthquake area, and developed a theoretical understanding of "everyday life" that incorporated Foucauldian notions of normalisation in the wider context of a risk society.

I am currently capitalising on this extensive completed research by developing publications. I have been awarded a book contract from Palgrave Macmillan (due 2019), and am simultaneously developing three articles based on material gathered during this research period. 

Professional affiliations

Co-Convener of the British Sociological Association "Families and Relationships" Study Group (since April 2017)

Teaching

 2017/18:

Convening:

Understanding Social Change (Sociology, first year)

Reproduction and Parenting: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Sociology, third year)

Understanding Justice (Criminology, third year) - This module is a "Learning Together" project with HMP Belmarsh. The module takes place in HMP Belmarsh with 10 Roehampton-based students and 10 Belmarsh-based students. 

 

Contributing:

The Sociologicial Imagination (Sociology, second year)

Society and Justice (Social Sciences, first year)

Becoming a Criminologist (Criminology, first year)

Understanding Criminology (Criminology, first year)

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