Dr Jingyi Li

Senior Lecturer in International and Comparative Education/ Senior Tutor (PGT)


I joined the University of Edinburgh in 2015. Prior to this, I worked in a local NGO in Scotland with ethnic minority children and their families. My research interests lie in international education, education policy, curriculum development and citizenship education. 


PhD in Education (University of Edinburgh, 2012) 

MSc in Childhood Studies (University of Edinburgh, 2006)

MA in Social Policy and Administration (University of Nottingham, 2005) 

Postgraduate teaching


  • The Curriculum: Context, Change and Development

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

  • Globlisation and education policy
  • International education development

Current PhD students supervised

- Teacher Development in Refugee Contexts (Sarah Austin) 

- Closing the Broch: Applicant to returnee, an ethnographic study of a group of Chinese students complete Scottish education journey to investigate how they make adjustments emotionally, cognitively and behaviourally that may influence their educational, sociocultural and employment success (Chen Zhang)

Past PhD students supervised

- The United Nations' relationship with civil society: development of the 2nd Charter 'The united peoples' and the United Nations' principled decision-making policy through the Naber model  (Dorothea Vicent)

Research summary

  • Education Policy
  • International Education and Development 
  • Curriculum Development
  • Globalisation
  • Citizneship Education 

Affiliated research centres

Project activity

- “A global education policy review on 21st century skills and competences”, Collaborative project with Beijing Normal University, Commissioned by Qatar Foundation (2015-16)

- “21st century core skills for Chinese students”, Collaborative project with Beijing Normal University, Funded by Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) and SKT Education and Beyond  (2017-19)

Current project grants

April 2023 –now: Student employability enhancement programme development, funded by the Learning and Teaching Fund (£1824.28)
May 2023- now: Move and Learn: 5K per day challenge, funded by the Learning and Teaching Fund (£1480)

Past project grants

- We connect the classroom with the world: co-create our hybrid curriculum (£4750)- Student Experience Grant, 2021-2023
- Pedagogical approaches in hybrid classrooms in MHSES (£1050)-Learning and Teaching Fund, July 2021
- Multilingual STEM programme for primary school pupils and parents in Edinburgh (£2204) - Student Experience Grant, May 2019 – Apr 2020
- The educational impact of conducting Model UN Conferences in Scottish Schools (£797) - Seedcorn Research Grant, Feb 2019- Aug 2020
- British Council Leadership Development Grant (£6000) - Exchange programme between MHSES and the Pavlo Tychyna Uman State Pedagogical University in Ukraine, November 2018.

View all 8 publications on Research Explorer

Conference details

- “Creating global citizens: a comparative analysis of citizenship education discourses in Scotland and China”, Panel, 2019 East Asian Studies Conference, 2-4 September 2019, University of Edinburgh

- “China in a global education policy field: the case of the national framework of core skills”, Paper presented at the BAICE 2018 Conference, 12-14 September 2018, University of York 

- “Raising my child (ren) in Scotland – Perspectives of Chinese new immigrant parents”, Invited presentation at the North Edinburgh Community Conference 2018, 30 June 2018, Edinburgh

- “Globalising citizenship education: a comparative analysis of citizenship education discourses in Scotland and China”, Paper presented at the UKFIET Conference 2017, 5-7 September 2017, University of Oxford

- “Parental involvement of ethnic minority families in Scotland: A Chinese Perspective”, Paper presented at the British Association of International and Comparative Education 2016 Conference, 12-14 September 2016, University of Nottingham

- “The role of key players in educational policy making – the case of Chinese Primary Education”, Paper presented at the British Association for Chinese Studies Annual Conference, 3-5 September 2012, Oxford

- “The role of intellectuals in Chinese educational policy making”, Paper presented at the China Postgraduate Network Annual Conference, 18-19 June 2012, Edinburgh

- "The transmission of cultural values in the production of EFL textbooks for the Chinese primary curriculum.”, Paper presented at the International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, 15-17 November 2010, Madrid

- "A research study on the development of English textbooks as medium for the transmission of cultural values- the case of English textbooks in Chinese primary schools.", Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 1-4 September 2010, University of Warwick

- “How textbooks speak to us? --- A study of the production of English textbooks for primary education as a cultural value transmission channel in the People's Republic of China", Poster presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, 1-4 September 2010, University of Warwick

- "Studying elites: eight interviews in the educational field in China", Paper presented in British Association of International and Comparative Education Student Conference, 15 January 2010, University of Sussex

Invited speaker

- Invited panellist at the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting, the Human Library Panel Session: Conversations on Global and Local Educational Topics.

- Invited seminar speaker at the staff development seminar “Globalisation and Education Policy – the Case of Scotland”, organised by the Normal University in Beijing, 16th April 2015