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Prof Yaojun Li - personal details

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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 came to work in the University in 2000, at the Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR). In 2003, I went to Birmingham University for a lectureship but came back again in 2007 to join the Institute for Social Change (ISC). With the merger of the CCSR and the ISC into the Cathie Marsh Institute of Social Research (CMIST) in Auguest 2014, I am now in both Sociology and CMIST.

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 College, and a DPhil at Nuffield College, 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, and ethnic integration in Britain, China, the USA, Australia and Qatar, and I supervise PhD students in the 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, 'Social Networks and Subjective Wellbeing in Comparative Context' funded by the Australian Research Council, and 'From Fareej to Metropolis: social capital in Qatar' funded by the Qatar National Research Fund.

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 PGT module on Social Capital and Social Change. I am the Director of the PGR Programme for the Applied Social Research (ASR) at the CMIST.