I am currently a full-time doctoral researcher in the Centre for Education Studies at University of Warwick. My research project, looking at how returned academics conduct doctoral supervision in their home countries, is supervised by Dr Emily Henderson and jointly by Dr Justine Mercer.Prior to my doctoral study, I had worked as a lecturer in higher education in China, having taught several subjects relevant to applied and theoretical linguistics to undergraduates. Years of working experience have given me useful insight on how to arrange and conduct teaching activities to Chinese adult students from diverse backgrounds, how to work with them effectively in class and beyond. On top of that, the teacher's role gained me an insider's perspective to understand the research and teaching culture of Chinese higher education.
I have a wide range of research interest in issues around higher education and global development. In particular, I have developed a passion for the transnational flows of highly-skilled intellectuals (doctoral mobility and academic mobility alike) and the global picture of doctoral supervision. Theoretically, I have been tremendously inspired by major worldviews of constructivists, interactionists and narrative inquiries and theories. As an early-career researcher, despite my limited understanding towards the massive theoretical notions, I am being constantly influenced by them to read the world in revolutionary ways and to look at people's global movements through a critical lens.
I am interested in analyzing personal accounts and narratives collected from different discourses with a particular focus on psychoanlaysis. Daunting as psychology sounds, I am always amazed by how powerful the major concepts such as subjectivity, agency and self-efficacy can be when it comes to the disucssion on how human being negotiate with our own being, the basic existence in this world. 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 been a member of Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) since Februrary 2019 and of International Doctoral Education Research Network (IDERN) since October 2019. I have participated in several events held by SRHE in London and once presented as an independent speaker. In June 2020 I will attend the meeting held by IDERN in Roskilde University in Denmark on doctoral education.
In terms of research skills, I have built up considerable expertise in conducting narrative interveiws (face to face or over skype) with well-educated intellectuals using either English or Chinese language. So far I have interviewed more than ten academics working in higher education across different national backgrounds (China, UK, India, South Africa, Greece, Indonesia, Syria, and Nepal). Throughout the way I have picked up specific skills of arranging and conducting interviews with intellectuals and have developed my own understanding of working with an 'elite cohort' as such.
In February 2020, I published a book review of the thrid volume of the serise of 'Aisa Inside Out- Itinerant People' in British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE). With curiosity and passion, I look forward to further investigating and making 'ontological' contribution to issues around interrelation between higher education and social mobility in a globalized context.