Gosia Jakimow

Dr Malgorzata (Gosia) Jakimów

Lecturer in Chinese Politics

BSc (Hons) (Plymouth), MA, PhD (Manchester)

Contact details
Email: m.jakimow@sheffield.ac.uk
Tel: 0114 222 8436
Room: B02


Gosia Jakimów is a lecturer in Chinese Studies, specialising in Chinese Politics, at the University of Sheffield’s School of East Asian Studies. She joined the SEAS department in 2015 after completing PhD in Politics at the University of Manchester. Her doctoral thesis, based on ethnographic fieldwork in China, examined the role of migrant worker-set grassroots organisations in negotiation of citizenship in China. Gosia’s research focuses particularly on Chinese citizenship, civil society, NGOs, migrant workers, labour movements, public policy, political economy and China-EU relations. Between 2010 and 2012 she worked for several organisations in China, including grassroots labour NGOs and United Nations Volunteers agency. She has cooperated with Chinese and international NGOs and international organisations, such as UN and EU throughout her doctoral research. In 2014 she received European Union funding to take 1 year-long post as a visiting scholar at the School of Government, Peking University. She is a member of an international network of Chinese and Western scholars focusing on a question of citizenship in China, based at the Sun-Yat Sen University in Guangzhou. Gosia can speak several languages, including English, Mandarin Chinese and Polish, as well as conversational French and Russian.


PhD Politics, University of Manchester (2015)
MA Contemporary China, University of Manchester (2008)
BSc (Hons) International Relations, University of Plymouth, (2007)


Associated research centres, collaborators and projects

Migration Research Group - Member

Recent and Ongoing Research Projects

  • Conceptualisation of citizenship in China
  • Application of critical theories of citizenship in China context
  • Role of migrant worker NGOs in civil society development in China
  • Transnational civil society: NGOs, INGOs and international organisations’ networks in China
  • Political economy of labour in China
  • Labour movements in comparative perspective
  • European Union projects in China and their impact on EU-China relations
  • Europe’s image in China
  • EU’s role in the redrafting of social policies in China

Awards and Grants

  • 2014-2015. European Commission Erasmus Mundus Lotus academic exchange grant, Peking University
  • 2010-2014. Centre for Chinese Studies PhD bursary, University of Manchester
  • 2012 and 2011. Universities’ China Committee in London (UCCL) Small Grant towards fieldwork, Department of Politics, University of Manchester
  • 2012 and 2011. Norman Chester Fund towards fieldwork, Department of Politics, University of Manchester
  • 2012. Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures (RICC) research trip grant, Asia Research Institute, University of Singapore
  • 2012. British Inter-university China Centre (BICC) grant towards fieldwork, Department of Politics, University of Manchester
  • 2011-2012. Chinese Scholarship Council, EU window, Zhejiang Normal University
  • 2011. Sir John Zochonis Travel Grant, Department of Politics, University of Manchester
  • 2009-2010. Confucius Institute Studentship, Beijing Language and Culture University

Research Supervision

I enthusiastically welcome expressions of interest from prospective PhD students in the fields of Chinese politics, political economy and international relations.



EAS 135 Contemporary Chinese Politics
EAS 168 Chinese Culture and Society
EAS 314 Chinese Language V: Unseen Translation
EAS 315 Chinese Language VI: Unseen Translation
EAS 6207 Politics and Governance in China

Teaching Philosophy

I was previously based at the University of Manchester where I co-taught modules related to Political Economy, Globalisation, Modern Chinese History and Comparative Politics. In my teaching I champion student-centred approaches, which encourage students to activate the knowledge they acquire through readings in focused discussions in seminars. Through a combination of group exercises, audio-visual materials, small and large writing tasks, verbal communication and case study analysis introduced in seminars, the students develop and sharpen their critical thinking, analytical reasoning, articulation of arguments, and team work skills, which are all highly desirable for their future academic and professional careers.

Third sector and media expertise

I am open to developing links with third sector actors and sharing expertise on Chinese politics, civil society, labour NGOs and migrant workers in China. I have experience of cooperating with The Economist and Profile on their media stories. Please contact me either by phone or email to arrange an interview.


Journal articles


  • Jakimow MJ & Barabantseva EV (2016) ‘Othering’ in the Construction of Chinese Citizenship In König L & Chaudhuri B (Ed.), Politics of the 'Other' in India and China: Western Concepts in Non-Western Contexts Routledge View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Jakimow MJ (2015) Understanding citizenship beyond the hukou system: The role of migrant worker NGOs in transformation of citizenship in China In Guo Zhonghua & Guo Sujian (Ed.), Theorizing Chinese Citizenship (pp. 109-130). Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books (Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group). View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Jakimow M (2014) ‘Chinese citizenship ‘after’ Orientalism. Academic narratives on internal migrants in China.’ In Isin E (Ed.), Citizenship After Orientalism An Unfinished Project (pp. 95-110). London: Routledge. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Jakimow MJ (2015) NGOs, labour and space : migrant workers and the remaking of citizenship in China. RIS download Bibtex download