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Bing Lu (Alice)


Bing Lu is currently a doctoral researcher (FT) in the Department of Education Studies (DES) at University of Warwick. Her ongoing doctoral research project investigates how returned academics with foreign doctorates conduct doctoral supervision in their home countries.

Bing has been trained in English literature (BA), theoretical linguistics (MA), and educational innovation (MA) prior to her doctoral study. Having worked as a lecturer, she gains insight about teaching and learning in HE, about how to understand adult students from diverse backgrounds and work with them in class and beyond.

Research Interest

Bing focuses on social discourse with an orientation of psychoanalysis in understanding doctoral supervisors with mobile history. Inspired by Judith Butler's theory of affective subjectivity, she adopts poststructuralism and psychoanalysis scholarship as conceptual resources to understand the emergence, formation and negotiation of individuals' social identities. She views subject as a narrative whole and regards personal accounts as a basic human strategy for coming to terms with life experiences.


Bing has conducted 40+ biographical interviews with mobile academics, mostly doctoral supervisors, working in diverse disciplinary and national backgrounds (China, UK, India, South Africa, Greece, Indonesia, Syria, and Nepal). More importantly, she has developed tactic to not only work with this cohort but also makes an impact on conversations. Bing upholds the value of original thoughts and knowledge contribution in doctoral research.


Book Chapters:

Lu. B. (in press). 'Challenging policy barriers to doctoral supervision: qualifying as a supervisor and recruiting students in Chinese research universities' (chapter 4). In Österlind & Denicolo (Eds.), Doctoral Education as if People Matter - Critical Issues for the Future. Brill.

Book Reviews:

Lu. B. (2021). Book Reviews 'The role of doctorate in knowledge production – an institutional perspective'. Higher Education.

Lu. B. (2021). Book Reviews 'Transnational migration and the new subjects of work'. Work, Employment and Society: Sage Journals.

Lu, B. (2020). Book Reviews ‘Asia inside out: itinerant people’. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.

Blog posts:

Lu, B. (2021). 'Missing objects and silenced voices: power relations in online conferences'. Blog essay for Conference Inference. Missing objects and silenced voices: Power relations in online conferences (Bing Lu) – Conference Inference (

Lu, B. (2020). ‘Learning from our supervision meetings: how experience should be valued’. Blog essay for Supervising PhDs.

Lu, B. (2020). ‘ Supervising and assessing ‘the new generation of researchers’: the power of posing questions and sharing perspectives’. Blog essay for SRHE.

Academic Presentations

Mar, 2022

8th Postgraduate Supervision Conference, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

‘Recording and researching doctoral supervision: accessing an ‘impossible space’

Feb, 2022

Early Career Researchers Network in Asian (CHERA) co-hosted with the Social Contexts and Policies of Education (SCAPE) research seminar series, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, China (invited presentation)

‘An interpretive Analysis: democratic reading of policy documents of Chinese doctoral education’

Dec, 2021

4th annual Conference of China and Higher Education, Manchester University, UK

'Challenging policy barriers to doctoral education: Qualifying as a supervisor and recruiting students in Chinese research universities'

Aug, 2021

15th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), Barcelona, Spain

‘Mapping the contours of doctoral subjectivity and mobility in changing times’

 July, 2021

 International Doctoral Education Research Network (IDERN) Virtual Symposium

'Shifting meanings of supervision: Rethinking supervisory subjectivity in the stories of international doctorate holders'

Jun. 2021

7th International Academic Identities 2021 Virtual Conference (AIC), Roskilde Universitet, Copenhagen, Denmark

'The meaningful university: Exploring contemporary complexities and challenges and working towards what matters'

Jun, 2021

 Language, Culture, Matters Seminar Series, Centre of Applied linguistics (CAL), University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

'From supervisee to supervisor: the academic trajectory of returnee supervisors' (Invited seminar speaker)

Nov. 2020

Borders, Categories and Mobilities Virtual Symposium, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

‘The temporary professional diaspora subjectivity and the transitional subject: exploring subject formation of transnational academics'

May. 2019

Postgraduate Annual Conference 2019, Centre for Education Studies (CES), University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

‘I’m like a snail carrying the entire house on me: a conceptual literature review of transnational academic and doctoral mobility’

Jun. 2018

Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference 2018, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

‘Using the five creative habits of mind to Improve Chinese adults’ English learning’ 

Academic Association Membership

2020- Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society (PaTHES)

2019- International Doctoral Education Research Network (IDERN)

2019- Society of Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

2018- Chinese Educational Research Association (CERA)

2018- Network for Research into Chinese Education Mobilities (NRCEM)

Academic service and Teaching

April. 2022- PGR mentor for Social Mobility Research Hub at University of Warwick

April. 2022- Graduate Teaching Assistant at The University of Warwick in DES

Nov.2021-Founder of the 'Superb-version networkLink opens in a new window' sponsored by Warwick Doctoral College

Nov. 2021-Guest Lecturer at MA module understanding global education and international development in DES

Oct. 2021-Guest Lecturer at PhD module advanced research methods in DES

Aug.2021-Teaching Assistant at STSS summer school program

Nov.2020- Co-convenor of the Research Seminar Series in DES

Oct.2019-Oct.2020 Student representative in DES on the PGR SSLC

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Bing Lu (Alice)