Dr Yang HuLecturer in Sociology and Data Science
Yang Hu’s research focuses on the intersection between (changing) family and gender relations and mobilities in East Asia and in a transnational context. His research contributes to advancing gender equality and social 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).
 Methodological developments in the study of family relations
Robust empirical research is not possible without rigorous and innovative research methodologies. Yang uses an eclectic range of both quantitative (e.g., survey design, statistical modelling, and data mining) and qualitative (e.g., ethnography, in-depth interview, and focus group) methods in his research. He is keen to combine the strengths of both quantitative and qualitative approaches in mixed methods research design. Yang co-led a British Academy funded project exploring the use of ‘big data analytics’ in understanding the internationalisation of higher education. He is also experienced in survey design and is currently leading (as co-investigator) the development of the first nationally representative survey of parents in the UK family law system as part of the Nuffield-funded project on fathers in care proceedings.
At Lancaster, Yang is also affiliated with:
BA (Zhejiang University); MPhil & PhD (Cambridge, as Gates Scholar)
Yang Hu is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University. He also holds an early career fellowship at the Work Family Researchers Network, USA. Yang obtained his MPhil and Ph.D in Sociology as a Gates Scholar from the University of Cambridge, and his B.A. from Zhejiang University, China. He has 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. He is author of the book Chinese-British Intermarriage—Disentangling Gender and Ethnicity. His research has appeared in Journal of Marriage and Family, European Sociological Review, Environment and Planning A, Journal of Sex Research, Demographic Research, Journal of Family Issues and so on. His social commentaries have been published in major media outlets, such as the United Press, Time Magazine, Quartz, Xinhua News, 163.com, etc.
- GWS.101 Femininity and masculinity in East Asia and in a transnational context
- SWK.116 Family changes and family diversity
- SOCL.248 Global families and intimacy
- SWK. 227/433 Focus groups and qualitative interviews
PhD Supervision Interests
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.
Migration premium?: The economic returns to youth inter-province migration in post-reform China
Zhao, M., Hu, Y. 18/02/2019 In: Journal of Youth Studies.
Migration and health in China: Linking sending and host societies
Wang, S., Hu, Y. 14/12/2018 In: Population, Space and Place.
Masculine Compromise: Migration, Family, and Gender in China. Oakland, written by Susanne Y.P. Choi and Yinni Peng, 2016 and Rural Origins, City Lives: Class and Place in Contemporary China, written by Roberta Zavoretti, 2016
Hu, Y. 1/11/2018 In: Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China. 20, 1, 7 p.
Building a Picture of Fathers in Family Justice in England
Philip, G., Bedston, S.J., Hu, Y., Youansamouth, L., Clifton, J., Brandon, M., Broadhurst, K.E. 11/2018 31 p.
Educational and age assortative mating in China: the importance of marriage order
Hu, Y., Qian, Y. 18/09/2018 Princeton Research Network on Contemporary China (PRCC) Working Paper Series, 25 p.
Family Relations and Remarriage Post-Divorce and Post-Widowhood in China
Hu, Y., To, S. 1/06/2018 In: Journal of Family Issues. 39, 8, p. 2286–2310. 25 p.
Patriarchal hierarchy?: Gender, children’s housework time and family structure in post-reform China
Hu, Y. 06/2018 In: Chinese Sociological Review. 50, 3, p. 310-338. 29 p.
The impact of China’s one-child policy on intergenerational and gender relations
Hu, Y., Shi, X. 13/03/2018 In: Contemporary Social Science.
Why study abroad?: Sorting of Chinese students across British universities
Cebolla-Boado, H., Hu, Y., Soysal, Y. 10/03/2018 In: British Journal of Sociology of Education. 39, 3, p. 365-380. 16 p.
What fairness?: Gendered division of housework and family life satisfaction across 30 countries
Hu, Y., Yucel, D. 1/02/2018 In: European Sociological Review. 34, 1, p. 92–105. 14 p.
Attitudes toward transnational intermarriage in China: Testing three theories of transnationalization
Hu, Y. 14/11/2017 In: Demographic Research. 37, p. 1413-1444. 32 p.
Living apart together and cohabitation intentions in Great Britain
Coulter, R., Hu, Y. 16/07/2017 In: Journal of Family Issues. 38, 12, p. 1701-1729. 29 p.
‘Hukou’, and what birthplace can still mean for marriage in China
Hu, Y. 4/04/2017 The Conversation
Living space and psychological well-being in urban China: differentiated relationships across socio-economic gradients
Hu, Y., Coulter, R. 1/04/2017 In: Environment and Planning A. 49, 4, p. 911–929. 19 p.
The dangers of being a bridesmaid in China mean some brides now hire professionals
Hu, Y. 24/10/2016 The Conversation
Marriage of matching doors: marital sorting on parental background in China
Hu, Y. 31/08/2016 In: Demographic Research. 35, p. 557-580. 24 p.
Chinese-British intermarriage: disentangling gender and ethnicity
Hu, Y. 23/07/2016 London : Palgrave Macmillan. 290 p. ISBN: 9783319292809. Electronic ISBN: 9783319292816.
Family and gender values in China: generational, geographic, and gender differences
Hu, Y., Scott, J. 06/2016 In: Journal of Family Issues. 37, 9, p. 1267-1293. 27 p.
Impact of rural-to-urban migration on family and gender values in China
Hu, Y. 13/05/2016 In: Asian Population Studies. 12, 3, p. 251-272. 22 p.
Why rice growers in China are more sexually liberal than wheat growers
Hu, Y. 12/05/2016 The Conversation
Sex ideologies in China: examining interprovince differences
Hu, Y. 17/02/2016 In: Journal of Sex Research. 53, 9, p. 1118-1130. 13 p.
Gender and children's housework time in China: examining behavior modeling in context
Hu, Y. 30/10/2015 In: Journal of Marriage and Family. 77, October, p. 1126–1143. 18 p.