Dr Yang Hu

Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Data Science

Research Interests

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Yang Hu's research focuses on changing family, gender and sexual relations, and their intersection with population mobility. 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 family and intimate lives:

Transnational family and intimate relationships

The first strand of Yang’s research focuses on mobilities and family relations in a transnational and global world, which sits at the intersection of family, gender, race/ethnicity, nationality, and migration. Yang’s first book Chinese-British Intermarriage examines how men and women negotiate, (re)construct and make sense of their intersecting gender and ethnic identities in Chinese-British inter-ethnic families in the UK. The book was nominated for the 2017 British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Prize. Yang has also published on the formation of transnational marital orientations, and the mobility of Chinese international students. 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 is currently editing (with D. Nehring) a journal special issue of the outputs from this event (with D. Nehring).

(Changing) work-family, gender and sexual relations and values in regional and cross-national contexts

The second strand of Yang’s research focuses on the region-specific dynamics pertaining to family, gender and sexuality over the life course in regional (China and the UK) and cross-national contexts. Published topics include: cross-national variations in domestic gender inequalities, family and gender values in China, ideational impact of migration, social change and geographical variations in sex ideologies, intergenerational reproduction of gender inequalities, intergenerational marital mobility, life-course trajectories of marital disruption and remarriage, living space and mental health, and new forms of intimate relationships such as living apart together. At Lancaster, Yang co-founded and co-convenes (with J. Fledderjohann) the LAARG (Lancaster Asia Area Research Group).

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

At Lancaster, Yang is also affiliated with:

DSI : BIAS: Responsible AI for Labour Market Equality
01/02/2020 → 31/01/2023

DSI: SafePod
26/08/2019 → 30/09/2021

  • CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research
  • Centre for Child and Family Justice Research
  • Centre for Gender and Women's Studies
  • DSI - Society
  • Migrancy Research Group