Prof Yaojun Li - personal details
Role: Professor of Sociology
Tel: 0161 275-0274
Humanities Bridgeford Street-2.13F
School of Social Sciences
The University of Manchester
I joined the Institute for Social Change in April 2007. I worked as a Lecturer at Fudan University, Shanghai, China and then came to study at Oxford University. I did an MPhil at St Antony's and then a DPhil at Nuffield, both in Sociology. After graduation in 1997, I worked as a Research Fellow, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader at Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham Universities before taking the current position. I have been working on projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), Notre Dame University and the John Templeton Foundation of the USA, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), the National Assembly of Wales (NAW), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the National Employment Panel (NEP) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC, previously CRE). 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 Flow of soul: 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 the National Science Foundation of China; 'British Class System', a 'public good' project for the BBC; and 'Social Networks and Subjective Wellbeing in Comparative Context' funded by the Australian Research Council.
I was on the Editorial Board of Sociology and currently I am on the editorial board of Social Inclusion. I am an academic member of the ESRC Peer Review College. I am a frequent reviewer for major journals in Sociology and Political Sciences and for research councils in Britain and other countries. I teach the MSc module on Social Capital and Social Change and have many PhD students. I am the Director of the PGR Programme at the ISC.