The Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research
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Professor Yaojun Li
Professor of Sociology


Fax: 0161 275 4762
Email: yaojun.li@manchester.ac.uk

Institute for Social Change

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities
University of Manchester

MANCHESTER , M13 9PL

 

I joined the Institute for Social Change in April 2007. I had worked as a Lecturer in English and Linguistics at Fudan University in Shanghai , China , for five years before coming to Oxford University in 1992 to do firstly an MPhil at St Antony's, and then a DPhil at Nuffield, both in Sociology. Since graduation in 1997, I have worked in various research and teaching positions at Edinburgh , Manchester and Birmingham Universities . I have worked on five research projects funded by the ESRC, one funded by the National Assembly of Wales, and one funded by the DTI. My previous ESRC project on Social Capital with Professors Mike Savage and Andrew Pickles as co-applicants was assessed ‘Outstanding’. My current ESRC project on the labour market position of the minority ethnic groups in Britain with Professor Anthony Heath as co-applicant has attracted considerable academic and media attention. As a quantitative sociologist, my main interest is in social stratification, social capital, ethnicity and cross-national comparisons. I supervise PhD students on a wide range of research themes and would welcome prospective students committed to quantitative sociological research to work with me.

Publications

Li, Y. and Marsh, D. (2007) `New forms of political participation: Searching for Expert Citizens and Everyday Makers', BJPS. (Paper, appendix).
Li, Y. (2006) 'Assessing the information needs and gaps for researching ethnic minority entrepreneurship in Britain ', consultation paper for the ESRC/DTI/CRE/EMDA. (PDF);
Li, Y. and Heath, A. (2007) ‘ Minority ethnic men in British labour market (1972-2005)’, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy .
Li, Y. and Heath, A. (2007) ‘ Period, life-cycle and generational effects on ethnic minority unemployment in Britain (1972-2005) ’, KZfSS .
Li, Y. and Heath, A. (2007) ‘Labour market position of minority ethnic groups in Britain (1972-2005) ’, ESRC: UPTAP Bulletin .
Li, Y. and Heath, A. (2007) ‘ Employment status of 1 st and 2 nd generation minority ethnic groups in Britain : A tale of 35 years’, Britain Today .
Heath, A. and Y. Li . (2007) ‘Measuring the size of the employer contribution to the ethnic minority employment gap’, consultation paper for National Employment Panel. PDF.
O’Leary, R., Lu, X. and Li, Y. (2007) ‘Socio-economic development and individual value orientations in China ’, in A. Day (ed.) Religion and Theology in Interdisciplinary Perspective, Ashgate.
Li, Y. (2006) ‘Social capital, social exclusion and wellbeing’, in A. Scriven and S. Garman (eds), Public Health: Social context and action, London : Sage.
Li, Y. (2006) ‘Using ESDS-supported surveys for sociological analysis’, ESDS Government Newsletter , Issue 7, June 2006.
Savage, M., Li, Y . and Tampubolon, G. (2006) ‘Rethinking the politics of social capital: challenging Tocquevillian perspectives’, in R. Edwards, J. Franklin and J. Holland (eds), Social Capital: Concepts, policy and practice, London : Sage.
O’Leary, R. and Li, Y . (2006) ‘Beyond Unemployment: Further differences in Catholic and Protestant performance in the Northern Ireland labour market’, Belfast : Conference Proceedings on Equality and Social Inclusion , Working Paper 10.
Li, Y. and Pollert, A. (2006) ‘The unorganized worker in WERS 2004: socio-demographic attributes, workplace characteristics and work-life experience’, research paper for the DTI and RSS.
Li, Y. (2005) ‘Social capital, ethnicity and the labour market’, Proceedings of International Conference on Engaging Community , http://engagingcommunities2005.org/abstracts/Li-Yaojun-final.pdf
Li , Y ., Pickles, A. and Savage, M. (2005) ‘Social Capital and Social Trust in Britain ’, European Sociological Review , 21(2): 109-23.
Garrat, D. and Li, Y . (2005) ‘The foundations of experimental/empirical research methods’, in B. Somekh and C. Lewin (eds). Research Methods in the Social Sciences , London : Sage, pp: 198-206.
Li, Y. (2005) ‘Commenting on A Longitudinal Survey of Ethnic Minorities (LSEM)’, for the ESRC, incorporated in Nazroo, J. (2005) ‘A Longitudinal Survey of Ethnic Minorities - Focus and Design: Final Report to the ESRC and ONS’:    http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/opportunities/forthcoming%5Fopportunities/
Anderson , M., Bechhofer, F., Jamieson, L., McCrone, D., Li , Y . and Stewart, R. (2005) ‘Timespans and plans among young adults’, Sociology 39 (1): 139-56.
Li, Y. (2004) ‘Samples of Anonymised Records (SARs) from the UK Censuses: A Unique Source for Social Science Research’, Sociology 38(3): 553-72 .
Li, Y. (2004) ‘Review: A Researcher’s Guide to the National Statistics Socio-economic Classification, by David Rose and David Pevalin’, Sociological Review : 426-8.
Li, Y . and R. O’Leary (2004) ‘Progress in reducing Catholic disadvantages in Northern Ireland’, in Anthony Heath and Sin Yi Cheung (eds), Ethnic Differences across Countries , Oxford: OUP.
Li, Y ., Savage, M. and Pickles, A. (2003) ‘Social Capital and Social Exclusion in England and Wales (1972-1999)’, British Journal of Sociology , 54(4): 497-526.
Li, Y ., Savage, M. and Pickles, A. (2003) ‘Social Change, Friendship and Civic Participation’ , Sociology Research Online http://www.socresonline.org.uk/8/4/li.html
Li, Y ., Savage, M. and Pickles, A (2003) ‘Conceptualising and measuring social capital: a new approach’, Essex University , BHPS conference, http://www.irc.essex.ac.uk/activities/conferences/bhps-2003/docs/pdf/papers/li.pdf
Li, Y ., Savage, M. and Pickles, A (2003) ‘Social Capital and Quality of Life’, International Sociological Association conference on Policy and Politics , Bristol , 24 July, 2003 . http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sps/papers/stream4/li.doc
Jamieson, L., Stewart, R., Li, Y., Anderson , M., Bechhofer, F. and McCrone, D. (2003) ‘ Single 20-Something and Seeking?’ in Allan,G. and Jones, G. (eds) Social Relations and the Life Course , New York : Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 135-54.
Purdam, K. and Li, Y . with Brown, M. and Wathan, J. (2003) A profile of the housing and socio-economic circumstances of black and minority ethnic people in Wales , Cardiff : National Assembly of Wales. http://www.housing.wales.gov.uk/pdf.asp?a=c28
Li , Y . (2002) ‘Falling off the ladder? Professional and managerial career trajectories and unemployment experiences’, European Sociological Review , 18(3): 253-70.
Li , Y ., Bechhofer, F., McCrone, D., Anderson , M. and Stewart, R. (2002) ‘A Divided Working Class? Planning and Career Perception in the Service and Working Classes’, Work, Employment and Society , 16(4): 617-636.
Li, Y ., Savage, M., Tampubolon, G., Warde, A. and Tomlinson, M. (2002) ‘Dynamics of social capital: trends and turnover in associational membership in England and Wales : 1972-1999’, Sociological Research Online , Vol. 7, No. 3. http://www.socresonline.org.uk/7/3/li.html
Anderson, M., Jamieson, L. Bechhofer, F., McCrone, D., Li , Y . and Stewart, R. (2002) ‘Confidence amid uncertainty: ambitions and plans in a sample of young adults’, Sociological Research Online , Vol. 6, No. 4. http://www.socresonline.org.uk/6/4/contents.html
Jamieson, L., Anderson , M., McCrone, D., Bechhofer, F., Stewart, R., Li, Y . (2002) ‘Cohabitation and commitment: partnership plans of young men and women’, Sociological Review , 50(3): 356-77.
Anderson , M., Li , Y ., Bechhofer, F., McCrone, D. and Stewart, R. (2000) ‘Sooner rather than later? Preparing for retirement among younger and middle-aged adults’, Ageing and Society , 20 (4): 445-66.
Li, Y. , Dale, A. and Fieldhouse, E. (2001) ‘Key findings from the SARs’, http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/cmu/findings/KeyFindings.pdf
Li , Y . (1997) The Service Class: Theoretical Debate and Sociological Value , D.Phil Thesis, Nuffield College , Oxford University .

 

Working papers

 

Research Grants

Research projects awarded

•  Class, income, education and equality: a review. EHRC, Principal Investigator, with Professors Fiona Devine and Anthony Heath as co-applicants, £33,500, Dec. 2007 - May 2008.
•  The unorganized worker in WERS 2004: socio-demographic attributes, workplace characteristics and job experience , DTI, with Professor Anna Pollert , London Metropolitan University , £10,230.00. 2006.
•  Socio-economic position and political support of the BMEs in Britain (1971-2004) , ESRC (RES-163-25-0003), £46,748. Principal Investigator, with Anthony Heath as co-applicant. 1 Oct. 2005 – 30 Sept. 2006 .
•  Social capital: developing a measure and assessing its value in social research ESRC (R000223671), £41,761, August, 2001 to July, 2003. Principal Investigator, with Mike Savage and Andrew Pickles as co-applicants. Rated ‘ Outstanding ’ by the ESRC.
•  Cultural Capital and Social Exclusion: A Critical Investigation , ESRC (R000239801), with Tony Bennett, Mike Savage , Alan Warde and Elizabeth Silva, £398,956 (March 2003 - Feb. 2006). I wrote the technical section and helped designed the questionnaire, and was made ‘Designated Research Fellow’ in the Project.
•  A profile of the housing and socio-economic circumstances of black and minority ethnic people in Wales , with Drs Kinsley Purdam, Mark Brown and Jo Wathan, funded by the National Assembly for Wales (NAW), £18,000, March to June, 2002, rated ‘ Excellent ’ by the NAW.
•  Developing census data for academic and policy research: learning from British experiences , with Ed Fieldhouse , British Academy , £7,750, for the Sino-British Workshop on Census and Survey Methods, which took place from 31 st May to 4 th June, 2004 , Shanghai , China.
•  Changing ethnic identities in England and Wales : 1991-2001, Principal Investigator, with D. Marsh and T. O’Toole as co-applicants, (competitive but non-funded) http://www.celsius.lshtm.ac.uk/projects/li.html Project Number: 30015.

 

Conference/Seminar Presentations

‘Ethnicity, social capital and political engagement in Britain ’, presentation at the Social Capital Conference, Hawaii , Nov. 2007
‘Employment gaps between first and second generation minority ethnic groups in Britain (1972-2005)’, School of Geography , Leeds University , 21-23, March, 2007, for the UPTAP programme.
‘Social capital and social trust of faith/ethnic communities in England and Wales (2001-2005)’, seminar presentation at CCSR, Manchester University , 20 th Feb. 2007 .
‘Methodological approaches to social capital research’, seminar presentation at Manchester University , 11 Jan. 2007 .
‘Assessing the information needs and gaps for researching ethnic minority entrepreneurship in Britain ’, key-note presentation on 1 st Feb, 2007 at the workshop organised by the ESRC/DTI/CRE/EMDA.
‘Labour market trajectories of minority ethnic groups in Britain (1972-2005)’, presentation on 28 th Nov. 2006 , at LGA, London , organised by the ESRC/UPTAP, to an audience including Ian Diamond and John Pul ling er.
‘In search of machers and schmoozers: forms of social capital and their impact on social trust and political efficacy in Britain (2001-2005)’, presentation at British Academy on 7 th Nov. 2006 organised by the ESRC/ESDS; at the Department of Sociology, Birmingham University, 5 th Dec. 2006; and at the ISER, Essex University, 17 th Jan. 2007.
‘ Ethnicity, education and earnings: a new analysis using the PSM’, presentation at the Cambridge Conference on Social Stratification 10-12 Sept.
‘Labour market attai nme nt among ethnic groups: evidence from the GHS/LFS (1972-2005)’, presentation at RGS-IBG, 30 th August, 2006 . The presentation was well covered in the British and Irish national media such as the Independent , Daily Telegraph , Ireland Education News , BBC (31 August) and attracted the attention of well-established institutions such as the CBI (1 st Sept), New Delhi Television NDTV (2 Oct. 2006) and the BBC Midlands Today (30/10/2006). http://www.einnews.com/search.php?keywords=%22Dr+Yaojun+Li%22&makesearch=yes, http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article1222828.ece, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/08/31/nsurnames131.xml
‘ Religion in China : Socio-demographic profiles of the religious in China and their value orientations’, with Richard O’Leary, The Sociological Association of Ireland, May, 2006.
‘ Christians in China : 1998 to 2004’, with Richard O’Leary, The British Sociological Association of Ireland , April, 2006.
‘Socio-economic position and political support of the BMEs in Britain (1972-2005), at the workshop organised by the ESRC Programme on Understanding Population Trends and Processes (UPTAP), School of Geography, Leeds University, 30-31, March, 2006.
‘ Beyond Unemployment: Further differences in Catholic and Protestant performance in the Northern Ireland labour market’ (with Dr Richard O’Leary), paper presented at the conference on Equality and Social Inclusion, 1–3 February 2006, Wel ling ton Park Hotel, Belfast.
‘Ethnicity, Education and Class Attai nme nt in Britain (1972-2004)’, presentation at the BSA, 22 April 2006 .
‘Inequalities in Social Capital: class, ethnicity and religion’, presentation at the BSA, 23, April, 2006.
‘Exploring income differentials: a comparison between human and social capital approaches’, invited presentation at Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University , 6, Feb. 2006.
‘Labour market attai nme nt among ethnic groups: evidence from the LFS (1992-2004)’, invited presentation by the ONS and the ESDS on 6 th December 2005 , at Royal Statistical Society, attended by academics, government policy makers and senior analysts.
‘Exploring ethnic identity changes using the LS data (1991-2001)’, ONS/CelSIUS, 11 Nov. 2005 , attended by LS users and senior analysts of social surveys.
‘Exploring income differentials: a comparison between human and social capital approaches’, invited presentation by the ONS and the ESDS on 4 th November 2005, at British Academy, attended by academics, government policy makers and senior analysts. http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/esds/events/2005-11-04/li.doc
‘Conceptual and methodological issues in socio-cultural-political capital research’, seminar given to Department of Geography, University College of Chester, 19 October 2005 .
‘Inequalities in social capital in Britain -- class, ethnicity and religious effects’, invited presentation at the Social Capital and Sustainable Development conference, Fatih University, Turkey, on 16-19 June, 2005 ; Cardiff Conference on Social Stratification, 22 Sept 2005.
‘Social capital, ethnicity and the labour market’, invited presentation at International Conference on Engaging Community , jointly organized by the United Nations and the Gover nme nt of the State of Queensland in Australia, 14-17 August, 2005, published through the UN.
‘New Developments in Socio-Cultural-Political Capital Research’, ‘Research methods for sociological inquiries’, ‘Theory, methods and presentation: writing for top English journals’, ‘Overview of socio-cultural capital research in UK Sociology’, presented in Fudan University, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Tongji University, Shanghai University of Sciences and Technology, Suzhou University, Zhejiang University, 25 March to 15 April 2005.
‘Income differentials and social justice in contemporary China ’, presented at BSA, March 2005.
‘Social Capital and Political Support of Black and Minority Ethnic Groups in the UK in the New Millennium’, presented at BSA, March 2005, with O’Toole and Gail.
‘Class, income and social justice in China ’, Department of Sociology, Oxford University , 7 March, 2005 .
‘Income differentials and social justice in contemporary China ’, Cardiff Social Stratification Conference, 9-10 September, 2004.
‘Class theories and class schemas in British sociological research: implications for Chinese sociological research’, invited seminar, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, 31 st May, 2004 , Shanghai , China .
‘The use of macro and micro data in sociological research: examples from census aggregate tables and the SARs in Britain ’, invited speech, 4 th June, 2004 , Shanghai Statistical Bureau, Shanghai , China .
‘The 2000 Chinese Census and the 2001 British Census in Comparative Research: Issues and Possibilities’, invited speech, 4 th June, 2004 , Shanghai Statistical Bureau, Shanghai , China .
‘Conceptualising and measuring social divisions: a comparison between the Cambridge Scale and the Goldthorpe Class’, paper presented at the BSA, York, 24 th March, 2004 .
‘Social Capital Dimensions, Cross-Class Friendships and Socio-Political Identifications’, invited seminar, Department of Sociology, Leicester University , 26 Nov. 2003 .
‘Social capital and impacts on socio-economic life’, invited seminar, Department of Sociology, Oxford University , 27 Oct. 2003 .
‘Social Capital and Cross-Class Friendships’, invited seminar, ISER, Essex University , 13 Oct. 2003 .
‘Class, Status and Social Capital’, Social Stratification conference , Cardiff , 12, Sept. 2003.
‘Patterns of Intermarriage Between Ethno-Religious Groups in Northern Ireland ’, International Sociological Association conference , 28 July 2003 , Turin , Italy .
‘Social Capital and Quality of Life’, International Sociological Association conference on Policy and Politics , Bristol , paper presentation, 24 July, 2003. http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sps/papers/stream4/li.doc
‘Conceptualising and measuring social capital: a new approach’, BHPS conference , Essex University , 4 July 2003 : http://www.irc.essex.ac.uk/activities/conferences/bhps-2003/docs/pdf/papers/li.pdf
‘Analysing the 1991 and 2001 SARs for Sociological Research’, invited seminar, Department of Sociology, Oxford University , 12 June, 2003 .
‘Conceptualising and Measuring Social Capital: A New Approach’, BSA , York , 12 April, 2003 .
‘SARs for Social Science Research’, BSA , York , 13 April, 2003 .
‘Social capital: debates and measures’, Department of Sociology, Reading University , 23 Jan. 2003 .
‘Social stratification and associational involvement in England and Wales (1972-1999)’, International Sociological Association conference , Brisbane , Australia , 9 July , 2002 .
‘Social Mobility, Social Capital and Civic Participation in England and Wales (1972-1998)’, British Sociological Association , Leicester , 26 March, 2002 .
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