Personal profile

Overview

I am a PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant in Human Geography at The University of Manchester. I am supervised by Dr Saskia Warren , Dr Amy Yueming Zhang and Professor Alison Browne.

PhD Research Topic:
The title of my doctoral research is "Child, Place, and Art in Urban Villages: Exploring the Impact of Participatory Artistic Practices for Rural-Urban Migrant Children’s Sense of Belonging and Place Attachment in China’s Urban Villages in Guangzhou." This work is an academic journey into the emotional and spatial narratives of children navigating the complexities of urbanization.

Fieldwork Overview:
The fieldwork unfolded in the vibrant backdrop of Xinqiao Village, Guangzhou, where I engaged with 30 rural-to-urban migrant children aged 7–12. Through a series of participatory art activities such as map-making, collage, and architectural design, coupled with pre- and post-activity interviews, I captured the children's perspectives on migration, urban living, and community involvement.

Current Status and Ambitions:
Currently based in Manchester, I am analysing my field data and am enthusiastic about opportunities for academic collaboration and dialogue. My research underscores the need for child-inclusive urban planning and policy-making, aiming to inform strategies that cultivate child-friendly urban spaces.

I welcome discussions, collaborative ventures, or any inquiries about my research. Please feel free to reach out to me via email for any further engagement.

Research interests

My research interests are centred on the exploration of participatory artistic practices and their impact on the sense of belonging and place attachment among rural-urban migrant children, specifically within the transformative settings of China's urban villages. I delve into the potential of creative methods as a channel for these children to articulate their lived experiences, perceptions, and future aspirations concerning their urban habitats. My aim is to unravel the intricate ties between children's geographies, urban studies, and participatory art, and to understand how these spheres collectively shape the spatial experiences and identity development of young inhabitants.

Methodological knowledge

My research adopts a qualitative approach, emphasizing participatory artistic engagement and semi-structured interviews. I focuse on how participatory art can empower children to communicate their narratives, fostering a deeper comprehension of their emotional geographies.

Qualifications

MEng, Architecture, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, June 2021

BArch, Architectural Design, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, June 2017

Teaching

I was a visiting critic on April 18, 2024, in the experimental 3rd year BA Architecture studio led by Dr John Zhang and Professor David Porter at the University of Westminster.

I was a teaching assistant in Human Geography at the Univeristy of Manchester, from Feb 2022 to Feb 2023. I contributed to teaching in the following course units:

  • 2022/23 1st Semester GEOG20101 Economic Geography: Understanding the economy creating economic spaces
  • 2022/23 1st Semester GEOG20621 Skills for Geographers
  • 2022/23 1st Semester GEOG10101 Geographies of Globalisation
  • 2022/23 1st Semester GEOG 31041 & 61041 Green Planet: Plant Ecology and Global Change
  • 2021/22 2nd Semester GEOG12012 Tutorials and Profile of a Research Geographer

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Associate Fellow, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

Graduate Member, American Association of Geographers

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Engineering, Architecture, China Central Academy of Fine Arts

Award Date: 21 Jun 2021

Bachelor of Architecture, Architectral Design, China Central Academy of Fine Arts

Award Date: 20 Jun 2017

Areas of expertise

  • G Geography (General)
  • Human Geography
  • Children in China
  • Participatory methods and community engagement
  • Urban space
  • Immigration
  • Community Participation
  • Artistic practice

Keywords

  • Human Geography
  • Participatory Research
  • Art and Migration
  • Children and Childhood
  • Urban Villages
  • Community Engagement

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