I have a cross cultural and interdisciplinary academic background. I was a lecturer in English in China before I moved to the UK. After completing a MA study in the University of Leicester and my PhD project on academic work and motherhood in China and the UK in the University of Aberdeen, I started a Postdoctoral Research Fellow job in the University of Hertfordshire working on an EU project 'Household, Work and Flexibility', which was a comparative study of 8 European countries.
My research career continued when I moved to Sheffield Hallam University in 2004 working on research projects of gender and labour markets in English local authorities. Prior to the start of my academic post in sociology, I was a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research and co/directed a number of research projects in the areas of trans-national education and international student mobility commissioned by external funding sources. I have been a researcher as well as a practitioner in internationalisation of higher education since 2006.
Specialist areas of interest
Work, Employment and Globalisation
Families and Kinship: a global perspective
MRes Philosophies of Research
MRes Qualitative Research Methods
PhD supervision in the areas of gender and higher education, and women and work in international contexts
I welcome PhD applications in research areas of international mobility and transnational education, women and work, women in Higher Education, gender, education and employment in an international and/or comparative context.
Social Sciences and Humanities
- Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies
- Family and Kinship: A Global Perspective (a book proposal to Routledge).
- Internationalisation of Higher Education (a book proposal to Emerald).
- 03/2006 The British Council: 'The UK-China-Hong Kong Trans-National Education Research Project'.
- 04/2006 The British Council: 'Trans-National Education - UK Higher Education Institutions response to increase global demand'.
- 10/2007 Faculty of Development & Society. Sheffield Hallam University: 'UK Student International Mobility at Sheffield Hallam University'
- 10/2008 The UK Council for International Student Affairs: 'Linking outward and inward mobility: how raising the international horizons of UK students enhances the international student experience on the UK Campus'.
- 11/2009 PM12 Connect: 'International Mobility of UK Student Grant'.
- 12/2010 PM12 Connect: 'International Student Mobility Grant'.
Tang, N. (2011). Women, men, work and family in Europe. JOURNAL OF GENDER STUDIES, 20 (1), 94-95.
Tang, N. (2011). Book Review: Women, men, work and family in EuropeROSEMARY CROMPTON, SUZAN LEWIS and CLARE LYONETTE, eds, 2007. Journal of Gender Studies, 20 (1), 89-102. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2011.542025
Stiell, B., Tang, N., Bennett, C., & Price, C. (2006). Building Policy/Research Relationships: Using Innovative Methodologies to Engage Ethnic Minority Women. Local Economy, 21 (2), 211-218. http://doi.org/10.1080/02690940600679219
Tang, N. (2005). Book review: Mothers’ Employment and Childcare Use in Britain. By G.PAULL and J. TAYLOR with A. DUNCAN. Economica, 733-734. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2005.00441_7.x/epdf
Tang, N., & Cousins, C. (2005). Working Time, Gender and Family: An East-West European Comparison. Gender, Work and Organization, 12 (6), 527-550. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2005.00287.x
Tang, N. (2005). Mothers' employment and childcare use in Britain. ECONOMICA, 72 (288), 733-734. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2005.00441_7.x
Cousins, C.R., & Tang, N. (2004). Working time and work and family conflict in the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK. Work, employment and society, 18 (3), 531-549. http://doi.org/10.1177/0950017004045549
Tang, N. (2002). Interviewer and Interviewee RelationshipsBetween Women. Sociology, 36 (3), 703-721. http://doi.org/10.1177/0038038502036003011
Bennett, C., & Tang, N. (2008). Tough at the top: women's career progression, an example in the local government sector. In Yeandle, S. (Ed.) Policy for a Change: Local Labour Market Analysis and Gender Equality. Bristol: Policy Press: https://policypress.co.uk/policy-for-a-change
Tang, N., Nollent, A., Barley, R., & Wolstenholme, C. (2009). Linking outward and inward mobility : how raising the international horizons of UK students enhances the international student experience on the UK campus. Sheffield Hallam University.
Tang, N., & Nollent, A. (2007). UK transnational education in China and Hong Kong. British Council. https://www.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/uk-transnational-education-in-china-and-hong-kong.pdf
- I have been a referee for ESRC research grants.
- I have also been a referee for academic journals such as European Societies; Gender, Work and Organisation; Current Anthropology and Leisure Studies etc.
- Executive Editor for Journal of China in Comparative Perspective, Comparative Chinese Perspective Network.
- Member of the selection panel and advisory group for an Equality Challenge Unit project looking at the reasons why minority ethnic academics move overseas to further their careers (2014)
- Member of the British Sociological Association
- Transitional Education in China
- An Early Years Leader and a Parent - the Career Ambitions and Experiences of Those 'Living a Double Life'
I welcome PhD applications in research areas of international mobility, transnational education, women and work, women in Higer Education, gender, education and employment in an International and/or comparative context.
- Saudi female University students' perspectives and expectations for future employment.
- Sociological Exploration of Female Entrepreneurship in Pakistan.
- Perspectives on curriculum and pedagogy in a private kindergarten in China.