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 Justine Mercer.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.
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. These days I prefer to 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 and always bear in mind a strive for social justice and equality with every effort.
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.
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. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2020.1730582.
Lu, B. (2020). ‘Learning from our supervision meetings: how experience should be valued’. Blog essay for Supervising PhDs. https://supervisingphds.wordpress.com/2020/06/30/learning-from-our-supervision-meetings-how-experience-should-be-valued/
Lu, B. (2020). ‘ Supervising and assessing ‘the new generation of researchers’: the power of posing questions and sharing perspectives’. Blog essay for SRHE. https://srheblog.com/2020/05/04/supervising-and-assessing-the-new-generation-of-researchers-the-power-of-posing-questions-and-sharing-perspectives/
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
Proposal accepted by IDERN and to present at the 2020 Meeting in Roskilde Universitet, Copenhagen, Denmark (conference postponed due to pandemic)
Proposal accepted by the International Academic Identities Conference (AIC) to present in the 2020 Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark (conference postponed due to pandemic)
‘The meaningful university: Exploring contemporary complexities and challenges and working towards what matters’
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’
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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