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Dr Yang Hu

Professor in Sociology and Data Science

Bowland North



PhD supervision

Yang would be happy to work with students in (the intersection of) the following areas: sociology of families (marriage and intimate relationships, intergenerational relations, child development, and gender), regional and international migration, race and ethnicity, globalisation and transnationalisation, East Asian societies, and research methodology.

Research Interests

Follow Yang on ResearchGatePersonal Website, and Twitter.


My Guidance and Feedback Hours are Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm and Fridays 11:00am-12:00 noon durng term times. I'm also happy to consider offering bespoke meetings outside my Guidance and Feedback Hours - just drop me an email, we can take it from there. 

You can book a meeting with me 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 from me for your postgraduate/job application, please read this guideline before you contact me. 


Yang Hu's research focuses on gender, family, and intimate relationships, with reference to population mobility and cross-national differences in a global context. His research contributes to advancing gender and social equalities, family justice, and understandings of how macro socio-economic, political and institutional developments and cultural changes (re)configure everyday work-family and intimate lives:


COVID-19 and social inequalities

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Yang has been active in researching social inequalities emerging from and exacerbated by the pandemic


(Changing) gender and work-family dynamics in regional and cross-national contexts

The first strand of Yang’s research focuses on work-family, intimate, and gender relations over the life course in regional (Asia, MENA countries, South America, Canada, the USA, and the UK) and particularly in cross-national contexts. In his recent collaborative project funded by the URKI, Yang examines the role played by Artificial Intelligence in (re)producing intersecting gender and ethnic inequalities in the labour market in the UK and Canada. At Lancaster, Yang co-founded and co-convenes (with J. Fledderjohann) the LAARG (Lancaster Asia Area Research Group). 


Mobilities and family relations in a global context

The second strand of Yang’s research focuses on population mobilities and family relations in a global context. Funded by The Sociological Review Foundation, Yang has organised (with D. Nehring) the 2017 Sociological Review Symposium on ‘Transnational Family Justice in Migration Crises’. Yang's recent research examines refugee family mobility and changing border regimes in Europe. 


Yang's recent research activities have been funded by organisations such as the UKRI/ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, British Academy, The Sociological Review Foundation, HEFCE (N8), and Shanghai Social Science Research Council.


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


Yang's research has received broad global media coverage by outlets such as The Time Magazine, Newsweek, United Press, Global Times, German National Radio (see Yang's website for a full list). 


At Lancaster, Yang is also affiliated with:


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

Career Details

Yang Hu is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University. Yang obtained his MPhil and PhD in Sociology as a Gates Scholar from the University of Cambridge, and his BA from Zhejiang University, China. He previously taught and supervised students in social sciences at the University of Cambridge. He has also worked as an interpreter/translator for organisations such as the UNDP

Current Teaching

  • GWS.101 Femininity and masculinity in East Asia and in a transnational context
  • SOCL.101 Globalisation trilogy: Global imaginaries, global mobilities, and global inequalities
  • SWK.116 Family changes and family diversity
  • SOCL.248 Global families and intimacy

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