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Ning Tang

Dr Ning Tang BA, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer In Sociology


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.

  • About

    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.

  • Teaching

    Social Sciences and Humanities


  • Research

    • 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'.

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    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', project report submitted to UKCISA.

    Bennett, C. and Tang, N. (2008) 'Tough at the Top: women's career progression an example in the local government sector', in Policy for a change: local labour markets and gender equality (ed.) Yeandle, S., Bristol: Policy Press.

    Tang, N. and Nollent, A. (2007) 'The UK-China-Hong Kong Trans-national Education Project Report', launched 5 July 2007, London, the British Council.

    Tang, N. and Cousins, C (2005) 'Working Time, Gender and Family: An East-West European Comparison', Gender, Work and Organisation, Vol. 12(6): 527-550.

    Cousins, C. and Tang, N. (2004) 'Working time and work and family conflict in the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK', Work, Employment and Society, Volume 18(3): 531-549.

    Tang, N. (2002) 'Interviewer and Interviewee Relationships between Women', Sociology, Volume 36(3): 703-721.

  • Other activities

    • 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

  • Postgraduate supervision

    • 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.

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