Yingzi Shen

Department of Sociological Studies

PhD student

Yingzi Shen
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Yingzi Shen
Department of Sociological Studies
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

Yingzi Shen is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociological Studies. Her PhD research focuses on the intergenerational cooperation on childcare in rural-to-urban migrant workers’ families in southern China. It intends to explore the processes of and negotiations on childcare between grandparents and parents in internal migrant families. Additionally, her research interrogates how gender ideologies, intergenerational solidarity and relevant social policies influence rural-to-urban migrants’ childcare practices.  

Prior to her PhD project, Yingzi studied Journalism and Communication at masters' level at Peking University in China. Her master’s dissertation examined how the emotional labour of domestic workers is professionalised and controlled by domestic service companies, and what influence the process has on domestic workers' self-identity and work experience. 

Yingzi’s PhD project is jointly funded by the University of Sheffield Joint China Scholarship Council Scholarship. 

  • Degree of Master of Literature, Peking University, Beijing, China
Research interests

Yingzi is interested in topics relevant to migration, paid and unpaid care, gender inequalities in care, ageing experiences, and intergenerational relationships. She is also keen to explore and utilise participatory and creative qualitative research methods in her future research.

Research group


Member of research groups: 

Centre for Care

Migration Research Group

  • National Scholarship for graduate students by Peking University
  • University of Sheffield Joint China Scholarship Council Scholarship
Teaching activities

Leading seminars for BA modules Dynamics of Social Change and Policy, Sociology of Everyday Life. 

Delivering workshops for MA module Researching Society. 

Professional activities and memberships

Member of the organising committee of conferences:

Crisis and hope: Understanding the process, relationships, and inequalities in migration funded by British Sociological Association

The second ChiNESS (China in social sciences: Emerging research from the north of England) funded by Think Ahead 

Research associate for project:

‘International experience and employability: perspectives from international employers and Chinese students in Sheffield' led by the Information School.