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Research Profile

Dr Sin Yi Cheung 

    • Research Funding and External Grants

    • Nuffield Foundation /ESRC Q-Step Centre for Excellence in Quantitative Methods Training in UK Social Sciences £1.3 million (Co-investigator)
    • ESRC Festival of Social Science Grant 2013 “Getting on in the UK: Social Networks, Class and Culture” £2,000 (PI: Jenny Phillimore. CIs: Sin Yi Cheung, A. McCabe) (Ref: 066).
    • Nuffield Foundation. “Children, Young People and Families using Social Work Services in four UK Cohort Studies”. 2013-2015. PI: Jonathan Scourfield. CIs: Sin Yi Cheung, L. Sloan and E. Sharland. £132,798. CPF/41218.
    • International Baccalaureate Office, The Hague. Training Workshop and Online training materials for Survey Research and Questionnaire Design. 2012-2013. Principal Investigator. £8,000.
    • Nuffield Foundation. “The Role of Social Capital in Refugee Integration”. 2012. £19,598. Co-PI: Jenny Phillimore)
    • ESRC Quantitative Methods Undergraduate Teaching Initiative – Curriculum Innovation 2012. £80,000 (PI: Malcolm Williams, CIs: Sin Yi Cheung, C Sutton and L Sloan) ES/J011843/1.
    • ESRC Quantitative Methods Undergraduate Teaching Initiative – Researcher Development Initiative (RDI) 2012. £80,000 (PI: Sin Yi Cheung, CIs: M Williams and L Sloan) ES/J011851/1.
    • ESRC Festival of Social Science Grant 2011 “From Local to Global Citizens – Being Quantitative Social Scientists” (Principal Investigator) (RES-622-26-368) £2,000.
    • External Faculty Fellowship, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University (2010-11).
    • Department for Work and Pensions. ‘Training, skills and labour market progression’, 2008-09. (Co-PI: Stephen McKay) £50,000.
    • ESRC Training Grant, Nottingham University Methods and Data Institute (Research Development Initiative) 2008. £4,000.
    • ESRC Open-Competition “Youth unemployment in rural area in Britain’. (ESRC 1+3 PhD Studentship, Sociology) Principal Applicant and main supervisor: Sin Yi Cheung. 2008-12.
    • Leverhulme Trust, Study Abroad Research Fellowship. 2005-6. £21,000.
    • ‘Ethnic Penalties in the Labour Market: Employers and Discrimination’, Department for Work and Pensions (Co-PI: Anthony Heath). 2004. £65,000.
    • British Academy Large Research Grant. ‘Occupational and Income Inequalities in Britain and Hong Kong’. 2001. £15,000.
    • British Academy Award on ‘The employability and occupational attainment of humanities and social sciences graduates’ 2001. £5500
    • International Joint Research Project Grant, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, on ‘A UK-HK comparison of women’s occupational success’. £1100
    • Oxford City Council. ‘Equity in the use of local services’ Oxford City Council, 1999. £4500.
    • Oxford City Council. ‘City Household Survey’ Oxford City Council. 1998. £5000.
    • The Role of Social Capital in Refugees Integration

      • This collaborative research with Dr. Jenny Phillimore at University of Birmingham was funded by Nuffield Foundation. It utilises data from in a longitudinal survey of refugee integration commissioned by the Home Office: the Survey of New Refugees (undertaken between 2005 and 2009 with 5,600 refugees), to ask what impact do familial and social networks have on refugees' ability to integrate. 
      • This study plugs the gap in knowledge about the role of social capital in refugee integration. We aim to increase understanding about the impact of social capital, emerging from social and familial networks, on refugee integration and to disseminate the findings to policy makers and practitioners at local, regional and national level through our existing policy networks and a seminar/workshop. Read our report and press release here:

    • Training and Progression in the Labour Market  (funded by the Department for Work and Pensions)



      •  This research reviews recent trends on training, and examines the link between work-related training and changes in employment characteristics. Specifically, it examines the relationships between undertaking training and labour market progress in obtaining, retaining and advancing in employment. Using various modelling techniques including econometric and fixed effects models, the findings show that work-related training only has a small effect on wage gain, but it increases the rate of job retention and the chance of transition from unemployment into paid work. However, the incidence of training appears to be falling over time, except for older workers. This may reflect the downward economic cycle and higher unemployment towards the end of the observation period in 2008.

          • Unequal Chances
    • Ethnic Minorities Disadvantage in the Labour Market



      • The first major cross-national study of ethnic minority disadvantage in the labour market published by the British Academy:
        Unequal Chances: Ethnic Minorities in Western Labour Markets
      • On 25 October 2007, the British Academy published the first major cross-national study of ethnic minority disadvantage in the labour market. Unequal Chances focuses on the experiences of the 'second generation', that is of the children of immigrants, in a range of affluent western countries (western Europe, north America, Australia, Israel). 
        The editors of the volume, Dr Sin Yi Cheung and Professor Anthony Heath FBA, highlight the conclusions of the study and the implications for policy makers.
        See the British Academy links for further materials: Immigrants' children: how do they fare in western labour markets?