Meng Le Zhang

Dr Meng Le Zhang




Meng Le Zhang is a research associate at the Sheffield Methods Institute. He is a quantitative social researcher with a background in education research. He is currently working on the ESRC funded Understanding Inequalities project

Meng Le completed his PhD studies in 2016 at Cardiff University, the title of his thesis was 'Graduate Destinations and Labour Market Stratification Across Different Fields of Study'.  Meng Le's background is education, social sciences and philosophy.

Research Interests

Meng Le’s research focusses on inequalities in educational and labour market outcomes. In particular, he is interested in the estimation of causal effects using observational data from surveys, longitudinal datasets and natural experiments.

Current Research

As part of the Understanding Inequalities project, Meng Le’s current research explores the effects of changing neighbourhood dynamics on life outcomes for people in Scotland. This involves using large-scale Scottish census data, linked to other administrative records, to estimate the so-called neighbour effects of living in poorer areas on children’s later life outcomes.

His recent work, looking at the performance of Scottish social policy on issues of social and economic inequality, can be found here.


Scourfield, J., Rees, A., Shardlow, S., & Zhang, M. (2018). A Profile of UK Doctoral Candidates in Social Work and Social Care. British Journal of Social Work. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcy008

Zhang, M., Cheung, S. Y., Scourfield, J., & Sharland, E. (2018). Comparing Fathers and Mothers Who Have Social Work Contact. Social Work Research. doi:10.1093/swr/svx027

Scourfield, J., Maxwell, N., Zhang, M. L., de Villiers, T., Pithouse, A., Kinnersley, P., Metcalf, E,. & Tayyaba, S. (2017). Evaluation of a Fast-Track Postgraduate Social Work Program in England Using Simulated Practice. Research on Social Work Practice, 104973151773557. doi:10.1177/1049731517735575

Sharland, E., Holland, P., Henderson, M., Zhang, M., Cheung, S. Y., & Scourfield, J. (2017). Assembling life history narratives from quantitative longitudinal panel data: What’s the story for families using social work?. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 20(6), 667-679. doi:10.1080/13645579.2017.1279915

Maxwell, N., Scourfield, J., de Villiers, T., Pithouse, A., & Zhang, M. (2017). The Pre-Training Characteristics of Frontline Participants and Mainstream Social Work Students. The British Journal of Social Work. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcx042

Zhang, M. L., Henderson, M., Cheung, S. Y., Scourfield, J., & Sharland, E. (2016). Predicting the recipients of social work support, and its impact on emotional and behavioural problems in early childhood. Child & Family Social Work. doi:10.1111/cfs.12294

Scourfield, J., Colombo, G., Evans, R., Jacob, N., Zhang, M., Burnap, P., Edwards, A., Housley, W. & Williams, M. (2016). The Response in Twitter to an Assisted Suicide in a Television Soap Opera. Crisis, 37, 392-395. doi:10.1027/0227-5910/a000377