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Postgraduate Research Student 

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology 


Shiyang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology. She holds a MA in Sociology from the University of Warwick and a BA in English and Communication Studies from the University of Liverpool. She also has three years of work experience in consultancy on public policy in China.


Shiyang’s doctoral project studies the responses of Chinese internal migrants to a state initiative to integrate them into the local welfare system and society in the cities of residence. She is interested in examining the role of migrant agency in responding to institutional and structural changes at the local level in China.

Working thesis title

'From Residents to ‘New Citizens’: Aspirations, Identities and Decision-making of Internal Migrants in China'.

Dates of study

PhD start date: August 2019

PhD completion date: December 2023


Dr Paul Cheung (XJTLU), Prof Susan Pickard (Sociology), Dr Beibei Tang (XJTLU) and Prof David Goodman (XJTLU)


Postgraduate Symposium Excellent Oral Presentation Award, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 2021

Research Development Fund Doctoral Scholarship, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University


‘Internal migration, hukou system and the problem of migrant agency in China’, The 4th Annual Jiangnan Conference on China Studies, XIPU Institution, 30 Oct 2020

‘Aspirations, identities and decision-making of internal migrants in the ‘new citizenship’ campaign: a survey in Suzhou, China’, Postgraduate Symposium, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University,16 Dec 2021