Dr Yu Chen
School of East Asian Studies
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies
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School of East Asian Studies
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Dr Yu Chen obtained BSc from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and two MSc from a collaborative program between Fudan University and the University of Oslo, Norway. She then went to the University of Glasgow to do a PhD in Urban Studies. Her thesis examines labour market experiences of migrants in China using both qualitative and quantitative data from fieldwork in Shanghai.
After an unconditional award of PhD in a viva voce, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in externally-funded projects on housing market and urban change at the same department (Urban Studies) in Glasgow, before securing a lectureship in Chinese Studies at the University of Sheffield.
BSc (SHUFE, Shanghai) MSc (Fudan, Shanghai); MSc (Oslo); PhD (Glasgow)
BSc (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics) MSc (Fudan, Shanghai); MSc (Oslo); PhD (Glasgow)
- Research interests
Dr Chen’s research areas are in China’s urbanisation and rural-to-urban migration, urban development, labour market and housing. China is experiencing the largest migration wave in human history, with hundreds of millions of people moving from the countryside to cities to seek better lives. She is working on the social, economic, spatial and environmental consequences of such massive urbanisation. She has published high-quality articles in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Urban Studies, Cities, Housing Studies, Land Use Policy, Habitat International, Environment and Planning B, Professional Geographer, and Population, Space and Place. In addition to journal articles, she co-edited a book entitled ‘Urban Inequality and Segregation in Europe and China’ in 2021.
Her research has been funded by the ESRC, the Worldwide Universities Networks (WUN), and the Universities China Committee in London (UCCL). She worked with colleagues within and beyond Sheffield on two ESRC projects on China’s rapid urbanisation: Dynamics of Health & Environmental Inequalities in Hebei Province, China ES/P003567/1 with a total amount of £199,502; Urban Transformations in China - Urban Development, Migration, Segregation and Inequality ES/N007603/1 with a total amount of £162,025.
- Urban Inequality and Segregation in Europe and China. Springer International Publishing.
- Hometown landholdings and rural migrants’ integration intention : the case of urban China. Land Use Policy, 121.
- Can the establishment of National Key Ecological Functional Zones improve air quality?: An empirical study from China. PLOS ONE, 16(2), e0246257-e0246257.
- Developing a locally adaptive spatial multilevel logistic model to analyze ecological effects on health using individual census records. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. View this article in WRRO
- Settlement intention of migrants in the Yangtze River Delta, China : the importance of city‐scale contextual effects. Population, Space and Place. View this article in WRRO
- An Investigation of Migrants’ Residential Satisfaction in Beijing. Urban Studies. View this article in WRRO
- The Complex Relationship between Neighbourhood Types and Migrants’ Socio-economic Integration: The Case of Urban China. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. View this article in WRRO
- Residential environment and subjective well-being in Beijing: A fine-grained spatial scale analysis using a bivariate response binomial multilevel model. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, 46(4), 648-667. View this article in WRRO
- Parental migration and young migrants’ wages in urban China: An exploratory analysis. Urban Studies (Sage). View this article in WRRO
- Does satisfactory neighbourhood environment lead to a satisfying life? An investigation of the association between neighbourhood environment and life satisfaction in Beijing. Cities, 74, 229-239. View this article in WRRO
- Flexible Spatial Multilevel Modeling of Neighborhood Satisfaction in Beijing. The Professional Geographer, 70(1), 11-21. View this article in WRRO
- Social integration of new-generation migrants in Shanghai China. Habitat International, 49, 419-425. View this article in WRRO
- Implications of rising flood-risk for employment location: A GMM spatial model with agglomeration and endogenous house price effects. Journal of Property Research, 30(4), 298-323.
- The Impact of Population Ageing on House Prices: A Micro-simulation Approach. SCOTTISH JOURNAL OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, 59(5), 523-542.
- EXPLAINING MIGRANTS' ECONOMIC VULNERABILITY IN URBAN CHINA. Asian Population Studies, 7(2), 123-136.
- The impact of floods on house prices: an imperfect information approach with myopia and amnesia. Housing Studies, 26(2), 259-279.
- Rural migrants in urban China: Characteristics and challenges to public policy. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit, 26(5), 325-336.
- Flood risk and the consequences for housing of a changing climate: an international perspective. Risk Management, 13(4), 228-246.
- Occupational Attainment of Migrants and Local Workers: Findings from a Survey in Shanghai’s Manufacturing Sector. Urban Studies, 48(1), 3-21.
- Migrants in Shanghai’s manufacturing companies: Employment conditions and policy implications. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 2(3), 279-292.
- Rural migrants, urban migrants and local workers in Shanghai: Segmented or competitive labour markets?. Built Environment, 34(4), 499-516.
- Parental Ethnicity and Adolescent Development: Evidence from a Nationally Representative Dataset. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(5), 3799-3799.
- Residential segregation of migrants: Disentangling the intersectional and multiscale segregation of migrants in Shijiazhuang, China. Urban Studies, 004209802210768-004209802210768.
- Research on Residential Segregation in Chinese Cities In Pryce G, Wang YP, Shan J & Wei H (Ed.), Urban Inequality and Segregation in Europe and China: Towards a New Dialogue (pp. 57-73). Springer View this article in WRRO
- Deprivation Indices in China: Establishing Principles for Application and Interpretation In Pryce G, Wang YP, Chen Y, Shan J & Wei H (Ed.), Urban Inequality and Segregation in Europe and China: Towards a New Dialogue (pp. 305-327). Springer View this article in WRRO
- Introduction: Urban Inequality and Segregation in Europe and China, The Urban Book Series (pp. 1-10). Springer International Publishing
- Migrants’ job search in urban China: Social networks and the open labour market In Wu F, Zhang F & Webster C (Ed.), Rural Migrants in Urban China: Enclaves and Transient Urbanism (pp. 69-83). London: Routledge.
- Environmental Risks: Flooding, International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home (pp. 104-108).
- Review of 'China's Emerging Cities: The Making of New Urbanism'. Planning Theory and Practice, 10(4), 551-551.
- Research group
SEAS Research Cluster
Movement(s), Economy and Development in East Asia
Associated research groups, collaborators and projects
- Migration Research Group - Member of Migration Research Group
- Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) - Network Member
- Regional Studies Association - Member
Dr Chen welcomes applications from prospective PhD students in the fields of urbanisation, migration, urban development and housing.
- Teaching interests
Dr Chen believes that teaching should be student-centred. Through various teaching methods, students gain not only knowledge about specific subjects, but transferable skills of critical thinking, logical reasoning and good communication. She is organising the following UG and TPG modules, besides dissertation supervision at all levels.
- Teaching activities
Dr Chen teaches on the following modules:
- EAS21026 Population and Environment in China
- EAS6204 Chinese Cities in Transition
- EAS6868 East Asian Research Methods