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Professor Yang Hu

Professor of Global Sociology

Yang Hu

Bowland North



Office Hours:

My feedback and guidance hours are 11:00-12:00 Tuesdays and Thusdays; book a slot: https://lancaster-uk.libcal.com/appointments/yanghu

PhD supervision

Yang would be happy to work with students in (the intersection of) the following areas: * Sociology of families and intimate relationships * Work-family and employment relations * Globalisation, global mobilities, transnationalism * Intersectional social inequalities (e.g. gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, migrant status) I welcome proposals using quantitative (including computational), qualitative and/or mixed-methods.

Research Interests

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Yang pursues two broad lines of research:

  1. Family and work changes and inequalities in a global context, including the implications of artificial intelligence and digitalisation for family and work lives. Yang takes two approaches to the 'global' in his research – the first features a global comparative scope, and the second focuses on global mobilities.

  2. Intersectional inequalities in crises (e.g. COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters). Crises arise from and heighten multiple forms of interlocking social inequalities. Yang's research has examined, for example, the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for racial, migrant, age, and gender inequalities, as well as older people's intersectional needs in natural disasters. 

Yang's research contributes to advancing work-family equity and justice. It advances our understanding of how macro socio-economic, political and institutional developments and cultural changes, as well as emergent crises, (re)configure everyday work and family lives. His research has been funded by the UKRI/ESRC (UK), SSHRC (Canada), British Academy (UK), HEFCE (UK), and Nuffield Foundation (UK).

Yang is an editorial board member of the Journal of Marriage and Family (2020–) and formerly Sociology (2020–2022) and Sociology Compass (2020–2022).

Yang's research has received broad coverage by more than 100 global media outlets, including the BBC, Guardian, CNN, ABC, CNA, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, United Press, Global Times, German National Radio (see Yang's website for a full list).

At Lancaster, Yang is also affiliated with:

Additional Information

Yang's Guidance and Feedback Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:00 during term times, both in person and online. If you'd like to meet on Teams, advance booking is required, using this link https://lancaster-uk.libcal.com/appointments/yanghu OR simply email me at yang.hu@lancaster.ac.uk.

For students: Before emailing me, please read my email policiesIf you would like to request a reference letter for your postgraduate/job application, please read this guideline before you contact me. 


BA (Zhejiang University); MPhil & PhD (Cambridge, as Gates Scholar)

Current Teaching

  • GWS.101 Femininity and masculinity in East Asia and in a transnational context (not running due to sabbatical 2022-23)
  • SOCL.101 Globalisation trilogy: Global imaginaries, global mobilities, and global inequalities
  • SWK.116 Family changes and family diversity (not running due to sabbatical 2022-23)
  • GCR.247 Global Classrooms
  • SOCL.248 Global families and intimacy

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