Dr Siqi Zhang
Teaching Fellow (MSc Education)
Dr. Siqi Zhang received her PhD degree in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh in 2019. She is based at the Institute of Education, Community and Society in Moray House School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD research explores the ways in which gender and cultural capital are closely linked with international students’ transnational educational choices and their transnational study experiences during their stay in a Scottish university. Her research interests include sociology of education, gender, cultural capital, transnational educational mobility, social inequality in education and student experience in international higher education.
PhD in Sociology, University of Edinburgh
Msc in Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science
Responsibilities & affiliations
A Member of British Sociological Association;
A Member of British Association for Chinese Studies;
A Member of Network for Research Into Chinese Education Mobilities;
A Member of Comparative Education and International Development Research Group
A Member of Higher Education Research Group
Peer Reviewer for Journal:
Cambridge Journal of Education;
Studies in Continuing Education;
Comparative Education Review;
Postgraduate Supervision and Tutoring:
Postgraduate student dissertation supervisor (successfully supervised 10 Master students, completed and awarded in year 2019-2020)
Co-coordinator for the CEID postgraduate virtual mentoring programme
Qualitative Data Research (Course Organisor)
Education Policy and the Politics of Education
Compararive Education and International Development
Source of Knowledge
Conceptualising Research: Foundations, assumptions and praxis
The Nature of Inquiry
Areas of interest for supervision
Siqi welcomes to discuss topics in areas of sociology of education; social inequality in higher education; gender/cultural identity; cultural capital; transnational mobilities; transnational higher education; Qualitative methodologies: participant observation, interviews and desk-based studies.
Gender, Cultural Capital and Transnational Mobility: Chinese Female International Students' Transnational Aspirations and Transnational Lives in the UK .
2020-2021.07, In a research team, for Asia-Pacific research project at University of Edinburgh
Honour and Awards:
2021 University of Edinburgh EUSA Teaching Award Nominee;
2018 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad;
2018 Travel Grant of Young Scholar Forum Organised by East China University of Political Science and Law;
2017 ‘Annual Outstanding International Students of the Year Award', awarded by Nouvelles D' Europe
(Ranked as the top 3 student among the ten awarded outstanding students in vote in final round of competition)
2016-2017 University of Edinburgh SSPS Research Fund
Zhang, S. (2021) 'Conducting Observation for Qualitative Research', Student Experience Project Training Session, Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Ediburgh. 3rd of May, 2021.
Zhang, S. and Xu, C. L. (2021) Invited Lecture Presentation, 'The Making of Transnational Distinction: an Emobodied Cultural Capital Perspective on Chinese Women Students' Mobility' to the Ontario Institute Studies in Education, University of Toronto. 17th of April, 2021.
Zhang, S. (2019) 'Chinese International Students’ Social Networks in a Transnational Context: A Qualitative Study on the Chinese International Students', School of Foreign Languages, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, June, 2019.
Zhang, S. (2018) 'Gender and Education: Challenges of Women students and staff in STEM subjects', Department of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, December, 2018.
Zhang, S. (2017) ‘The Changing Dressing Style of Female Student Migrants: A Case Study on Chinese International Students in Edinburgh’, Conference Proceedings, Age Agency Ambiguity - Gender and Generation in Times of Change: The Sixth Women and Gender Studies Annual International Conference, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, 27-30th of July, 2017.
Zhang, S. (2017) ‘Identity Negotiation of Student Migrants in the Intercultural Education: A Study for Female Chinese International Students Studying in the UK’, Conference Proceedings, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 5th April 2017.
Zhang, S. (2016) ‘The Different Consequences of Divorce to Men, Women and Children from a Global Perspective’, Conference Proceedings, Chinese Sociological Annual Conference,Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China, 17th July 2016.
Zhang, S. (2016) ‘Cultural Exchange in Higher Education: The Study on the Experiences of Chinese International Students in the UK’, Conference Proceedings, Conference of British Association for Chinese Studies, PG Network for Chinese Studies, KCL, London, UK, 24th June 2016.
Zhang, S. (2015) ‘The Transformational Effect of Higher Education to International Chinese Students Studying in the UK’, Conference Proceedings, New Direction Conference, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, 29th March 2015.
Zhang, S. (in progross) ‘Constructing Global Citizenship Identity through Accumulating Cultural Capital: Chinese International Students’ Experiences in UK Higher Education System.’ Social Transformation in Chinese Societies.
Zhang, S. and Xu, Y. (in progress). 'Female international students' subjectivity and their understanding of cultural norms.'
Zhang, S. (in progress). ‘Intersecting Narratives of International Students with Gender', in Mittelmeier, J., Lomer, S., & Unkule, K. (Eds), Research with International Students.
Wang, C., Zhang, S. & Zhang, T. (in progress) ‘Transnational Education for Future Architects: Reflections from Sino-Italian Joint Studio', International Journal of Art and Design Education.
Grek, S., Zhang, S., Sabeti, S. & Gallagher, M. (2021)'Complex and Intersecting Barriers to Access: Some Concluding Thoughts', In Smith, W., Viogt, A. & Zhang, Y. (Eds), Barriers to Secondary Education in the Asia Pacific Region: A Scoping Review of Four Countries. Final report of the Scotland Funding Council GCRF project Universal Secondary Education in the Asia Pacific Region. Edinburgh, UK: University of Edinburgh. https://www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/mh-ceid-ap-full-report.pdf
Zhang , S. & Tang. X (2021). 'Cultural Capital as Class Strength and Gendered Educational Choices of Chinese Female Students in the United Kingdom', Frontiers in Psychology, vol: 11, p.1-12. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.584360
Zhang, S. & Xu, C. L. (2020). 'The Making of Transnational Distinction: an Embodied Cultural Capital Perspective on Chinese Women Students’ Mobility', British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol: 41, no.8: 1251-1267. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2020.1804836
Zhang, S. (2018), ‘Power, Social Construction and Globalization: Media as Social Practice for Audiences’ (in Chinese), Journal of Huazhong Normal University, vol: 58, no. 4: 107-118.
Zhang, S. (2018), ‘Chinese International Students’ Social Networks in a Transnational Context: A Qualitative Study on the Chinese International Students at London School of Economics’ (in Chinese); Jianghan Tribune, no.1: 138-144.
Zhang, S. (2017), ‘An Enquiry of the Different Consequences of Divorce to Men, Women and Children from Western Sociological Perspective’ (in Chinese), Social Science Abroad, no. 2: 107-118.
Zhang, S. (2013) ‘Social Reality and Fairy tale: The Literary Art in the Creation of Harry Potter Novels’ (In Chinese), Hubei Social Science, no. 3: 136-139.