Dr Chen Liu

Room number: 4th Floor, ICOSS
Telephone (internal): 26283
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 6283
Telephone (International): +44 114 222 6283
Email: Chen.Liu@sheffield.ac.uk

Chen Liu completed a BA in Tourism Management at South China Normal University (Guangzhou, China) in 2012. She joined the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London in September 2012.

Her PhD research ‘Food, Home and Family-Making in Contemporary Guangzhou’ explores the relations between everyday food practices, home cultures and the process of Xiaokang (middle-level) family-making. It argues that these relationships are socially significant, emotionally charged and politically contested.

Research Interests

  • Food consumption
  • Popular Culture
  • Social and cultural changes in contemporary China

Current Research

Chen Liu currently works on the AHRC INTERSECTION project. The project explores intergenerational justice in relation to consumption and sustainability.

The creation of ‘a society for all ages’ is one of the United Nation’s key goals. Intergenerational solidarity is fundamental if we are to achieve the social/ cultural change necessary to fulfil this ideal. Yet this solidarity is threatened by environmentally unsustainable models of consumption that raise fundamental questions about justice between generations in the Global North, rising powers, and the developing world. However, intergenerational justice has overwhelmingly been researched from a western perspective. This interdisciplinary project internationalises this debate through comparative research in three contrasting contexts (China, Uganda and the UK).

Key Publications

  • An N., Liu C. & Zhu H. (forthcoming) Popular geopolitics of Chinese Nanjing Massacre films: A feminist approach. Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography.
  • Liu C., Cai X., Zhu H. (2015) Ethical eating in restaurant settings: An qualitative analysis of ethical consumption in a vegetarian restaurant in Guangzhou, China. Geographical Review, 105(4), 551-565.
  • Liu C., An N. & Zhu H. (2015) A geopolitical analysis of popular songs in the CCTV Spring Festival Gala, 1983-2013. Geopolitics, 20(3): 606-625.
  • Liu C., Cai X. (2014) Performing Guangzhou and Guangzhou Ren: Analysing popular music in Guangzhou. Social & Cultural Geography, 15(7): 769-785.
  • Liu C. (2014) Noise in Guangzhou: the cultural politics of underground popular music in contemporary Guangzhou. Area, 46(3): 228-234.