Yang Hu (胡扬, he/him/his) is Professor of Global Sociology at Lancaster University, UK.
Yang pursues two broad lines of research:
Family, work, and work-family inequalities in a global context, including the implications of AI (artificial intelligence) and digitalisation for work and family lives. Yang takes two approaches to the 'global' in his research – the first features a cross-national comparative scope, and the second focuses on transnational mobilities.
Intersectional inequalities in crises (e.g. COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters). Crises arise from and heighten multiple forms of interlocking social inequalities. Yang's research has examined, for example, the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for racial, migrant, age, and gender inequalities, as well as older people's intersectional needs in natural disasters.
Yang's research contributes to advancing work-family equity and justice. It advances our understanding 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 research has been funded by the UKRI/ESRC (UK), SSHRC (Canada), British Academy (UK), HEFCE (UK), and Nuffield Foundation (UK).
At Lancaster, he is also 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.
Yang also (co-)convenes the Lancaster Asia Asia Research Group (LAARG). Yang serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Marriage and Family (2020–), and formerly Sociology (2020–2022) and Sociology Compass (2020–2022).
Yang was an early career fellow at the Work and Family Researchers Network, USA (2018–2019). He obtained his MPhil and PhD (without correction) in Sociology as a Gates Scholar from the University of Cambridge (Queens’ College, October 2015), and his B.A. from Zhejiang University, China (2010).