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Bing Lu (Alice)


Bing Lu received her PhD in the Department of Education Studies (DES) and is currently an early-career fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at University of Warwick. Bing has also been serving as the Director of Student Experience and Progression in the Faculty of Arts at Warwick since February 2023. Bing's doctoral research project investigated how returned academics with foreign doctorates conduct doctoral supervision in their home countries.

Bing has developed insights 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's research focuses on social discourse with an orientation of psychoanalysis in understanding doctoral supervisors with transnational history. Inspired by Judith Butler's theory of affective subjectivity, Bing adopts poststructuralist scholarship as theoretical resources and narrative enquiry as approach to understand the emergence, formation and negotiation of individuals' social identities. Bing views subject as a narrative whole and sees 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). Bing 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.


Journal Articles: 

Lu, B. and Henderson, E., 2023. Recording and researching doctoral supervision meetings: reconceptualising authenticity in supervision research. Submitted to Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education (in review).  

Sinclair, B. and Lu, B., 2022. Setting up the Superb-Vision Network: Establishing a ‘dispersed learning community’. Journal of PGR Pedagogic Practice, 2, pp.110-117. 

Book Chapters:

Lu. B. (2022). '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. 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. (2023). ‘Purposeful travel and unplanned routines in transnational academic conference’. Blog essay for Conference Inference.  

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, 2023 CeMoRe 20th Anniversary Colloquium, The Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University (invited ECR speaker funded by Lancaster University) 

June, 2023 The Future of Higher Education: Competition, Collaboration and the Global Good, International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM) Conference, University of Bath, UK – ‘The unquestioned supervision approach: learning from transnational pedagogies’

June, 2023 UK and Ireland Engineering Education Research Network Annual Symposium, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), University of Warwick – ‘STEM supervision pedagogies in Higher Education: a disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective’

Dec, 2022 SRHE International Conference 2022, 'Mobilities in Higher Education' (online), UK. ‘There and back again: Transnational mobilities of returnee doctoral supervisors with overseas doctorates’  

Nov, 2022 Symposium on Gendered Academic Mobilities, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (invited speaker funded by Swiss National Foundation). ‘Women doctoral supervisors in Chinese research universities: the nexus of academic mobility, career stage and gender’ 

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'

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

Feb. 2023- Director of Student Experience and Progression in Arts Faculty, University of Warwick

April. 2022- Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant in DES, University of Warwick

Nov. 2022- Student panellist on Warwick ITLR 2023

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

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, DES

Oct. 2021-Guest Lecturer at PhD module Advanced Research Methods, DES

Aug.2021-Teaching Assistant at Sutton Trust Summer School program

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

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

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Bing Lu (Alice)