Meet the Author

In this ‘Meet the Author’ podcast programme, we interview authors who have researched and/or published in different areas of Chinese education mobilities. Apart from learning about their key research findings, we will also explore the scenes and stories behind the publications. We will invite authors to tell anecdotes, reveal the surprises and challenges when conducting fieldwork and how they tackle the often arduous publication processes. This way, we hope that our Network members will have an opportunity to get to know the authors in greater depth.

Episode 1: Jamie Coates–Chinese students in Japan

University of Sheffield, UK

In this episode, Dr Jamie Coates discusses the key findings of his documentary film ‘Tokyo Pengyou‘ and his recent journal article ‘The Cruel Optimism of Mobility‘ in positions journal. He reveals anecdotes and key challenges in making the film and publishing the article. He also looks forward to his book and grant application based on this research project.

Episode 2: Shuning Liu — New ‘Elite’ Schooling in China

Shuning Liu – Ball State University, USA

In this episode, Dr Shuning Liu (Ball State University, US) discusses key findings, empirical experiences and future plans about her latest book ‘Neoliberalism, Globalization, and “Elite” Education in China’. She also reveals anecdotes when conducting her fieldwork in a public high school in China, relating to her insider/outsider positionality and her habit of wearing a back pack. Shuning also looks forward to her upcoming articles and a second book based on follow-up research conducted in relation to this research project. 

Read the summary of this podcast. Read an introduction to the book.

Episode 3: Yeow-Tong Chia and Zhenzhou Zhao: Citizenship and Education in China

Dr Yeow-Tong Chia, University of Sydney
Dr Zhenzhou Zhao, Education University of Hong Kong

In this episode, guest editors Dr Yeow-Tong Chia (University of Sydney) and Dr Zhenzhou Zhao (Education University of Hong Kong) discuss their new special issue on ‘Citizenship and Education in China‘ published in Chinese Education & Society. They discuss how they conceived of this special issue, invited authors to contribute and reviewers to peer-review the submitted manuscripts. They note the gaps in literature on Civic Education in and of China and thank the contributors and peer reviewers for making great contribution to scholarship.

Episode 4: Ben Mulvey: International student mobility between Africa and China

Ben Mulvey, Education University of Hong Kong

In this episode, Ben discusses his latest research on international student mobility between Africa and China. This is based on his two latest articles published in Higher Education Policy and Higher Education. Ben discusses his motivation for conducting research in this area, based on his previous experiences of studying and working in various parts of China. He also reveals some tips for publishing as a PhD candidate and reflects on the ‘publish or perish’ cultural context in Hong Kong. Ben also shares the challenges and strategies of conducting fieldwork under COVID-19. He looks forward to completing his PhD project. You can access Ben’s articles here and here. Read a summary of Ben’s interview here

Episode 5: Jinting Wu–Rural ethnic and disability education in China

Dr Jinting Wu, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

In this episode, Jinting revealed her journey to conducting and writing her award-winning PhD research and monograph ‘Fabricating an Educational Miracle‘ (SUNY Press) as well as her recent article ‘From Researcher to Human Being: Fieldwork as Moral Laboratories‘ and chapter ‘Erasure and Renewal in (Post)socialist China: My Mother’s Long Journey‘. Jinting shared fascinating anecdotes during her fieldwork in China’s Southwestern Guizhou Province. She also provided helpful tips on how the publication process of turning a PhD thesis into a monograph. To read a summary of this episode, click here. To read introductions to Jinting’s articles, click here, and here.

Episode 6: Cross-boundary Schooling by Professor Johanna Waters and Dr Maggi Leung

Professor Johanna Waters, University College London
Dr Maggi Leung, Utrecht University

In Episode 6, Prof Johanna Waters and Dr Maggi Leung shared their latest research findings based on their recent articles published in Population, Space and Place and in Geography. Jo and Maggi discussed their motivations for researching everyday cross-border mobilities of younger children across the Shenzhen-Hong Kong border, their main findings about the flows and rhythms and familial dynamics within these cross-boundary school children’s daily routines and in their families. They animated an interview with a former cross-boundary schooling student which shaped the conception of their Population, Space and Place article. They also disclosed the ‘secrets’ to their admirable long-term collaborations: seeing eye to eye with and having trust in each other. Jo and Maggi are working on a few more articles based on this piece of research and they welcome suggestions about how to develop this project further. Jo can be contacted via E-mail: & Twitter: @johannalwaters and Maggi can be contacted via Email:

Episode 7: Meritocracy and the Gaokao in China by Dr Zachary Howlett

Dr Zachary Howlett (Yale NUS College)

In Episode 7, Dr Zachary Howlett (Yale-NUS College) shared his latest research published in his recent Cornell University Press book Meritocracy and Its Discontents: Anxiety and the National College Entrance Exam in China. He introduces main findings of his book, and shared intriguing anecdotes about his two-year-long fieldwork in three different high schools in Fujian Province. He also disclosed valuable tips for turning a PhD thesis into a book, such as organising book workshops to gain feedback from experts in the field and strengthen the book manuscript before sending it out for peer review. Zach also provided a sneak preview into his new research project the marriage patterns of educated rural-to-urban migrant women. Buy Zach’s book by applying the following promotion code to save 30%. Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, & Papua New Guinea–Use code CSV21MID at; United States–Use code 09FLYER at or call 800 848 6224; Canada–Email or call 1-800-565-9523.

Episode 8: The Children of China’s Great Migration: Interview with Prof Rachel Murphy (Oxford University)

Professor Rachel Murphy, Oxford University

In Episode 8, Professor Rachel Murphy (Oxford University) about her latest book (Cambridge University Press) ‘The Children of China’s Great Migration‘. Rachel shared her motivation for conducting this longitudinal research on left-behind children in rural China, the key findings of her book, and shared fascinating anecdotes when she conducted her fieldwork. Rachel also spoke about how she proposed her book to Cambridge University Press, and provided tips on applying for research funding as well as advice on fostering and sustaining long-term research collaborations. Rachel briefly discussed her future research projects based on this book. You can watch this interview and read an introduction to Rachel’s book. 

Episode 9: International School Teachers’ Lived Experiences: Interview with Dr Adam Poole

Dr Adam Poole, Beijing Foreign Studies University

In this episode, the NRCEM spoke with Dr Adam Poole, Director of Research in the Institute of Impact Studies in Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), China. Adam introduced his newly published book: ‘International Teachers’ Lived Experiences‘ with Palgrave Macmillan. Adam also shared anecdotes during his fieldwork and his tips for publishing both (many) peer-reviewed journal articles and a monograph based on his doctoral work. He provided a sneak preview into his newer research projects.  Watch a lecture by Adam on the same topic and read an introduction to one of his articles. Watch the video of this interview.

Episode 10: Fragile Elite: The Dilemmas of China’s Top University Students_Interview with Dr Susanne Bregnbæk

Dr Susanne Bregnbæk, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

In this episode, the NRCEM (co-hosts Dr Cora Xu and Miss Zhiyun Lisa Bian) spoke with Dr Susanne Bregnbæk about her impactful book: Fragile Elite: The Dilemmas of China’s Top University Students’ published by Stanford University Press. Susanne introduced her destined ‘fate’ to research China and how she chanced upon this important research topic when she was in China. She also shared deeply emotional anecdotes during her fieldwork and the incredible impacts of her book on contemporary Chinese young people which she discovered by chance.

Episode 11: Educational Hopes and Ambitions of Left-Behind Children in Rural China_Interview with Dr Yang HONG

Dr Yang HONG, Shaanxi Normal University, China

In this episode, the NRCEM interviewed Dr Yang HONG (Shaanxi Normal University, China) about her latest book on The Educational Hopes and Ambitions of Left-Behind Children in Rural China (2021, Routledge). Yang shares important research insights into this book’s main findings and intriguing anecdotes during her fieldwork, as well as useful advice about responding to reviewer comments during the book review process.  You can find the introduction to this book here. Watch this interview on YouTube here