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Bing Lu (Alice)


I am currently a full-time doctoral researcher in Education Studies at University of Warwick. My ongoing research project, investigating how returned academics conduct doctoral supervision in their home countries, is supervised by Dr Emily Henderson and jointly by Dr Emma Williams.

Prior to my doctoral study, I had worked as a lecturer in China and used to teach several linguistic course modules to undergraduates. Years of working experience have given me insight into the act of teaching in higher education, including how to understand adult students from diverse backgrounds and how to work with them productively in class and beyond. On top of that, the teaching role has gained me an insider's perspective to understand the research and teaching culture in Chinese university.
Research Interest

I have a wide range of research interest in issues around higher education on the move in a globalised age. In particular, I have a passion for exploring the transnational flows of highly-skilled intellectuals and rethinking the global picture of doctoral supervision under the influence of these moving bodies and minds. I am quite drawn to narrative inquiries, qualitative methods and 'thinking with' philosophy. The theoretical notions incessantly fashion my interpretation of social phenomena in numerous ways. I prefer see people's global moves through a critical lens and interpret those moves by referring to subjects' national contexts and historical times.

I am interested in analysing interview accounts collected from different narrative occasions, and I put a particular focus on social discourse combined with an understanding of psyche. Psychoanalysis unfolds rich conceptual resources including subjectivity, agency and self-efficacy which add so much meaning to understanding how human beings negotiate with our 'being' and 'becoming', the classical hegelian paradox. I start from the assumption that personal narrative is a basic human strategy for us coming to terms with our experience, such as time, process and change.


I have built up considerable expertise in conducting narrative interviews (face to face or online forms) with well-educated intellectuals and celebrities in English or Chinese language. So far I have conducted 30+ in-depth interviews with academics, mostly professors, working in higher education across different national and disciplinary backgrounds (China, UK, India, South Africa, Greece, Indonesia, Syria, and Nepal). Along the way I have picked up specific skills of arranging and implementing interviews that aim to elicit stories. More importantly, I have developed my own tactic to not only work with this 'elite cohort' but also make an impact on conversations. I always uphold the significance of original thoughts and knowledge contribution in doctoral education.


Book Chapters:

Lu. B. (forthcoming). 'Challenging policy barriers to doctoral supervision: qualifying as a supervisor and recruiting students in Chinese research universities'. Critical issues in transforming working conditions for doctoral students and their supporters.

Book Reviews:

Lu. B. (forthcoming). 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

July, 2021

 International Doctoral Education Research Network (IDERN) Virtual Symposium

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

June. 2021

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

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

June, 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’

June. 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)

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Bing Lu (Alice)