Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy
After working and studying in China and Finland for about ten years, I joined Aston in January 2017. My research interests focus on human rights, civil society transformations and disability rights advocacy in East Asia, with particular attention to how citizens use the law and media to promote sociopolitical change and to redress injustice for individuals/groups who are excluded.
Another strand of my research examines the emerging movement around a Universal Basic Income (UBI) in Europe and East Asia from a comparative perspective.
I completed in 2016 a PhD dissertation titled “Liu Xiaobo’s Human Rights Struggle. A Contextual Analysis from a Historical Perspective” which is soon coming out as a book.