Yang Hu

Family and work changes and inequalities

Professor of Global Sociology, Lancaster University, UK

yang.hu [at] lancaster.ac.uk


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Yang Hu (he/him/his) is Professor of Global Sociology (2022–), and previously Associate Professor (2019–2022) and Assistant Professor (2016–2019), at Lancaster University, UK. He is co-director of the Early Career Fellowship Programme at the Work and Family Researchers Network (2023–). He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Marriage and Family (2020–), and formerly Sociology (2020–2022) and Sociology Compass (2020–2022). He is also a member of the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab (2023–).


Yang pursues two broad lines of research:


Yang's research contributes to advancing family and work equity and justice. It advances understandings of how macro socio-economic, political and institutional developments and cultural changes, as well as emergent crises, (re)configure everyday work and family lives. His recent research has been published in journals such as Nature Human Behaviour, Gender & Society, Demography, Journal of Marriage and Family, and European Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, among others. His research has received funding (> £1.5m) from the UKRI/ESRC (UK), SSHRC (Canada), British Academy (UK), HEFCE (UK), and Nuffield Foundation (UK). 


At Lancaster, Yang is affiliated with the Centre for Gender Studies, Centre for Mobilities Research, Migrancy Research Group, Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Centre for Child and Family Justice Research, Centre for Alternatives to Social and Economic Inequalities, Lancaster University China Centre, Data Science Institute, Future Cities Research Institute. He also (co-)convenes the Lancaster Asia Asia Research Group (LAARG). 


Yang was an early career fellow at the Work and Family Researchers Network (2018–2019). He obtained his MPhil and PhD (with no corrections) in Sociology as a Gates Scholar from the University of Cambridge (Queens’ College, October 2015), and his BA from Zhejiang University, China (2010).