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Xiaxia Yang joined the Lau China Institute as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chinese Migration in 2021. Before coming to King’s, she got her PhD in geography from the University of Washington. Her dissertation looks at the exploitative age-selective process of internal migration in China in the reform era, i.e. only working-age adults are welcome to move whereas their child and elderly dependents are largely excluded. Her current research examines various disadvantages faced by migrants in China induced by the selective migration process and other related topics.


  • Social Demography
  • Migration and Mobility
  • Urbanization and Urban-Rural Dual System in China
  • Spatial Politics of Labor
  • Central-Local Relationship of China