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Yuwei Xu

Assistant Professor in Education and Teacher Development, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr Yuwei Xu is an Assistant Professor in Education and Teacher Development at the University of Nottingham, UK. Previously, he has held academic positions at the UCL Institute of Education (where he remains an honorary lecturer) and the University of Portsmouth.

Yuwei is an editor for Children & Society journal, an associate editor for Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, and an editorial board member for British Educational Research Journal & Journal of Childhood, Education & Society. He is also a British Educational Research Association (BERA) council member and membership lead for Gender and Education Association.

Expertise Summary

I am a sociologist of (early) childhood, education, and gender; with a PhD awarded by the University of Glasgow, Scotland. I have researched topics such as gender and men in early childhood education, child agency, child-centred diversity and quality education, parenting, and women in STEM. My research is cross-cultural and comparative, I have conducted projects in contexts such as the UK, China, Europe, Australia, and South Africa in collaboration with international researchers.

Teaching Summary

I teach core and optional modules on BA Education and MA Education and supervise MA dissertations. I am also Year 1 Lead for BA Education.

BA Education: EDUC3037 Inclusive Education

MA Education: EDUC4308 Understanding and Planning Educational Research

PhD Supervisions:

I currently prioritise PhD applications in: gender, men and LGBT in ECEC, children's voices & agency, (gendered) parenting, teacher professional development, 0-3 care and education, early assessment (e.g. ECERS, CLASS), and play.

I am supervising the following PhD students:

Lin Chen, Child agency & Chinese family relationships (UCL);

Zeyi Liu, Female engineering students in Chinese universities (UCL);

Jiajie Liu, Academic identity of Chinese early career academics (UCL);

Victoria Sullivan, Men in Australian ECEC (University of Queensland);

Di Wang, Gender & drama education in Chinese ECEC (Durham University).

Research Summary

I currently work on the following research projects:

1. Understanding young children's perspectives on and experiences of COVID-19 in China and the UK (as principal investigator, funded by UCL-ZJU Strategic Partner Fund, £10k, 2021-2022);

2. LGBT Educators' Practices Concerning Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC): An Exploratory Study of Australia, England, Mainland China and Hong Kong, (as principal investigator, funded by IOE International Funds, £5k, 2021-2022);

3. Cross-cultural reflexivity and gender-sensitive teacher training in early childhood education and care (ECEC): Case studies in England, Germany, and Sweden (as principal investigator, funded by British Association for International and Comparative Education, £5k, 2019-2021);

4. Young children's perspectives on their male and female teachers: 9-country case studies (as co-principal investigator, 2020-2023);

5. The life trajectories of women PhD students in STEM: A Comparative Study of China, Serbia and the UK (as principal investigator, funded by University of Portsmouth Theme Research & Innovation Fund, £10k, 2018-2020);

6. Child-centred diversity in quality early childhood education and care (as principal investigator, funded by Smart Vision, China, £11k, 2018-2020);

7. The inward and outward mobilities of Chinese academics who obtained their PhDs from outside China (as co-investigator, funded by Ministry of Education, People's Republic of China, ¥80k, 2020-2021).

Selected Publications

I currently prioritise PhD applications in: gender, men and LGBT in ECEC, children's voices & agency, (gendered) parenting, teacher professional development, 0-3 care and education, early assessment (e.g. ECERS, CLASS), and play.

I am supervising the following PhD students:

Lin Chen, Child agency & Chinese family relationships (UCL);

Zeyi Liu, Female engineering students in Chinese universities (UCL);

Jiajie Liu, Academic identity of Chinese early career academics (UCL);

Victoria Sullivan, Men in Australian ECEC (University of Queensland);

Di Wang, Gender & drama education in Chinese ECEC (Durham University).

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