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Chengzhi Zhang


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Chengzhi is currently a doctoral research student at the Department of Politics at the University of Manchester. His research project is primarily focused on the lived experience and identity formation of the second generation of immigrants to China, which is a fast-growing but underexplored group resulting from China’s Opening Up movement. Chengzhi is currently also one of the convenors of the Early Career Researcher (ECR) workshop at Manchester China Institute, and a member of the British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS).


Teaching: POLI21041 Asia-Pacific Security (Academic Year 23/24)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Comparative Education, University College London (UCL)

27 Sept 202028 Sept 2021

Award Date: 3 Dec 2021

Bachelor of Science, International Business Management, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

8 Sept 201615 Jul 2020

Award Date: 15 Jul 2020

Areas of expertise

  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester China Institute


  • immigration
  • Chineseness
  • national identity
  • Identity Politics