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Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Durham University

My research falls into three areas: (1) economic and political sociology broadly and more specifically owners of private enterprises in the context of China's economic and political changes; (2) the effects of social relations on mental wellbeing, with a focus on loneliness, anxiety and depression across different social and demographic groups; (3) the logic and principles of research design and research methods.

Currently I am the Director of Taught Postgraduate Research Methods Programmes, and I teach three postgraduate modules: Statistical Exploration and Reasoning, Research Design and Process, and Categorical Data Analysis with SPSS or R.

I welcome any inquiries about potential study for a PhD degree with me. Any topic in the areas of economic sociology, political sociology, social gerontology, sociology of mental health and illness, or any topic related to China or comparative cross-national studies will be considered.


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    Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Durham University