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Dr Ye Liu

Dr Ye Liu

  • Academics

Senior Lecturer in International Development

Research subject areas

  • International development
  • Policy
  • Education
  • Equality

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Dr Ye Liu is a Lecturer in International Development. Prior to her post at King’s, she was a Senior Lecturer in International Education at Bath Spa University between 2013 and 2016, and was a lecturer of Contemporary Chinese Studies and Director of the BA programme in Chinese Studies at the University College Cork, Ireland from 2012 to 2013.

She was awarded a PhD in Comparative Sociology in 2011 at the Institute of Education, University of London, supported by a Nicholas Hans Scholarship and the Overseas Research Student (ORS) scholarship. She was awarded the 2014 Junior Sociologist Prize by the Research Committee on Women in Society of the International Sociology Association and the 2014 Newer Researcher Award by the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE).

She has published in highly ranked international journals, such as the British Journal of Sociology of Education, Higher Education and International Journal of Educational Development. Her first monograph entitled, 'Higher education, meritocracy and inequality in China' was published by Springer in September 2016. This book featured in the article entitled, 'New book attacks China’s gao kao ‘meritocracy’', which was written by David Matthews and published in the Times Higher Education on 2 November 2016. Her media articles on the end of China’s One-Child policy as well as China’s educational success and failures were published in the Conversation. 


  • Higher education, cultural and political capital
  • The one-child policy
  • Geographical and gender inequality

Ye’s research is primarily focused on the role of education in shaping a developing society like China with regard to social inequality, life chances and social mobility. Over ten years of research she has conducted survey studies, extensive interviews and in-depth observations in China.

Her research analysis has paid particular attention to institutional/contextual causes and consequences of shifting socio-political circumstances over the course of China that underpin the life chances and life courses of various social groups.




PhD supervision

Ye Liu welcomes doctoral proposals in the area of education and development, gender and social policy, geographical inequality and development, and social mobility and stratification in developing countries.

Principal supervisor

Further details

See Ye's research profile