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Prof Yaojun Li - personal details

Contact details

Role: Professor of Sociology

Tel: 0161 275-0274

Location: Humanities Bridgeford Street-2.13F
School of Social Sciences
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




I joined the Institute for Social Change in 2007. I had worked as a Lecturer at Fudan University, Shanghai, China before coming to study at Oxford University on a Swires Scholarship (funded by John Swires and Sons) for which I am eternally grateful. I did an MPhil at St Antony's, and a DPhil at Nuffield, both in Sociology. After graduation, I worked as Research Fellow, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader at Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham Universities before taking the current position. My research focuses on social mobility, social capital, ethnic integration and subjective wellbeing in Britain, China, the USA and Australia, and I supervise PhD students in these areas. I have conducted many research projects in these and related areas. I am currently working on 'Understanding changes in ethnic relations' funded by the ESRC, 'Social Complexity of Immigration and Diversity' funded by the EPSRC, 'The socio-economic foundations of generosity in Britain' funded by Notre Dame University and John Templeton Foundation (USA), 'Social mobility and social capital in China and Britain: a comparative study' funded by the ESRC, and 'Social Networks and Subjective Wellbeing in Comparative Context' funded by the Australian Research Council. 

I am on the editorial board of Social Inclusion and I am a member of the ESRC Peer Review College. I am a frequent reviewer for sociology journals and for research councils in Britain and other countries. I teach the MSc module on Social Capital and Social Change. I am the Director of the PGR Programme at the ISC.