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I am a human geographer with specific interests in geographies of elite making and higher education, particularly the relationship between higher education and urban (trans)formation. My PhD study, titled "Glocalised Higher Education Hub in The Making? A Case Study of Shenzhen's Higher Education", has a particular focus on the city of Shenzhen (China) aiming to unpack how global higher education unfolds in, and through the urban space of Shenzhen. From 2021 to 2022, I spend 12 months doing fieldwork in Shenzhen.

My previous interest in elite making derives from my MSc study in Sociology at the University of Southampton, during which I completed my master dissertation, "'Cultural Matching' In Chinese Labour Market: The Case of Elite Firms". In the dissertation, I pay specific attention to recruiters' sense of merit in job candidates and provide an original insight on the (re)production of cultural capital within Chinese elite labour market. This experience makes me realise the significance of geographies in elite making and higher education in general. Before that, I completed my BA in Journalism at the Communication University of China.

Research Summary

My case study on the geographies of higher education in Shenzhen unpacks the changing nature of higher education in China through investigating the case of Shenzhen as a special economic zone (SEZ)… read more

2021-2022, 2021 Guangdong Educational Science Planning Project, Model and Pattern of the Innovative Development of Higher Education in the Pilot Demonstration Area. (Research Assistant, PI Doctor Xu Liu)

2021-2022, 2021 Shenzhen Philosophy and Social Science Planning Project, A Study on the History of Development for Higher Education Innovation of Shenzhen (Research Assistant, PI Doctor Xu Liu)

Current Research

My case study on the geographies of higher education in Shenzhen unpacks the changing nature of higher education in China through investigating the case of Shenzhen as a special economic zone (SEZ) with the great autonomy in policy experiment and the strategic mission in integration in the global market economy. In doing so, this study draws on original empirical data (including interview data of local officials, university leaders, managers, and students) collected from 12-month fieldwork in Shenzhen between 2021 and 2022. The PhD program is supervised by Sarah Hall and Shaun French.

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