Dr Yu Chen
Lecturer in Chinese Studies
Twitter - @YuChen_yc
Dr Yu Chen joined the School of East Asian Studies in November 2012. She gained her PhD in Urban Studies from the University of Glasgow. Before that, she had obtained BSc from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, two MSc from a collaborative program between Fudan University and the University of Oslo, Norway.
Her PhD thesis examines labour market experience of migrants in China using both qualitative and quantitative data from fieldwork in Shanghai. She then worked as research fellow in externally-funded research projects on housing market and urban change at the same department (Urban Studies) in Glasgow, before arriving at Sheffield.
Dr Chen’s research interests are in China’s urbanisation and rural-to-urban migration. 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 life. She is interested in the social, economic, spatial and environmental consequences of such massive urbanisation.
Her previous project, funded by the Universities China Committee in London and Adam Smith Research Foundation, focused on new-generation migrants, their aspirations and socio-economic integration in urban China.
Dr Chen welcomes applications from prospective PhD students in the fields of urbanisation, migration, urban development and housing.
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.
- Ma J, Dong G, Chen Y & Zhang W (2017) Does satisfactory neighbourhood environment lead to a satisfying life? An investigation of the association between neighbourhood environment and life satisfaction in Beijing. Cities. View this article in WRRO
- Dang Y, Dong G, Chen Y, Jones K & Zhang W (2017) 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. View this article in WRRO
- Ma J, Chen Y & Dong G (2017) Flexible Spatial Multilevel Modeling of Neighborhood Satisfaction in Beijing. The Professional Geographer. View this article in WRRO
- Chen Y & Wang J (2015) Social integration of new-generation migrants in Shanghai China. Habitat International, 49, 419-425. View this article in WRRO
- Chen Y, Fingleton B, Pryce G, Chen A & Djordjević S (2013) 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.
- Chen Y, Gibb K, Leishman C & Wright R (2012) The Impact of Population Ageing on House Prices: A Micro-simulation Approach. SCOTTISH JOURNAL OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, 59(5), 523-542.
- Chen Y & Hoy C (2011) EXPLAINING MIGRANTS' ECONOMIC VULNERABILITY IN URBAN CHINA. Asian Population Studies, 7(2), 123-136.
- Pryce G, Chen Y & Galster G (2011) The impact of floods on house prices: an imperfect information approach with myopia and amnesia. Housing Studies, 26(2), 259-279.
- Pryce G & Chen Y (2011) Flood risk and the consequences for housing of a changing climate: an international perspective. Risk Management, 13(4), 228-246.
- Chen Y (2011) 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.
- Chen Y (2011) Occupational Attainment of Migrants and Local Workers: Findings from a Survey in Shanghai’s Manufacturing Sector. Urban Studies, 48(1), 3-21.
- Chen Y (2009) Review of 'China's Emerging Cities: The Making of New Urbanism'. Planning Theory and Practice, 10(4), 551-551.
- Chen Y (2009) Migrants in Shanghai’s manufacturing companies: Employment conditions and policy implications. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 2(3), 279-292.
- Chen Y & Hoy C (2008) Rural migrants, urban migrants and local workers in Shanghai: Segmented or competitive labour markets?. Built Environment, 34(4), 499-516.
- Chen Y & Pryce G (2013) 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.
- Leishman C, Gibb K, Meen G, O'Sullivan T, Young G, Chen Y, Orr A & Wright R (2008) Scottish Model of Housing Supply and Affordability: Final Report