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Yr Athro Sin Yi Cheung BSoc Sc. M.Phil. D.Phil. (Oxon)

Yr Athro Sin Yi Cheung

BSoc Sc. M.Phil. D.Phil. (Oxon)

Reader in Sociology, Director for International and Engagement

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I hold a D. Phil in Sociology from the University of Oxford. My research addresses different forms of social inequalities in Britain and in comparative perspectives. I have published on the changing inequalities in higher education, ethnic penalties in the labour market, lone parents on benefits, claimants, children in care, and refugee integration. I have secured numerous research grants from the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, as well as central government departments and local authorities. I have held visiting positions at Wisconsin-Madison, UCLA, and Stanford University. During my research leave (2017-18), I am taking up a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Invitation Fellowship to visit the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo, as well as spending six months at New York University as a visiting professor.


Sin Yi was a Swire scholar at St Antony's College, Oxford, where she obtained her D.Phil. in sociology. During her doctoral study, she also worked as a research officer at the Social Disadvantage Research Centre, Department of Social Policy at Oxford University. Before becoming a full-time academic, she spent two years working in the Chief Executive Department at Oxford City Council where she led a team promoting the use of evidence-based research in policy decisions in local government. Sin Yi$acirc; s research addresses different forms of social inequalities, primarily in Britain but also in comparative perspectives. She has published on changing inequalities in higher education, ethnic disadvantage in the labour market, lone parents on benefits, claimants$acirc; dynamics, children in care, refugee integration and ethnic and racial inequalities. Over the years she has received numerous research funding from the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, as well as central government departments (Department for Work and Pensions) and local authorities (Oxford City Council).

Internationally, Sin Yi has been invited to many universities as a visiting faculty including Wisconsin-Madison, UCLA, and Stanford University. In addition to regular invitations within the UK, she has given invited seminars in many universities abroad such as Aarhus University, Brno University, University of Illinois Chicago, Stanford University, ECOMER (The European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations, Utrecht University) and Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Sin Yi sits on many international funding panels and is a regular assessor and rapporteur for grant applications for Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO), European Science Foundation (European Collaborative Research Programme), and Hong Kong Research Grants Council.

Nationally, she also gets invited to give research evidence on ethnic inequalities in the labour market to government departments including the Social Exclusion Unit, the Cabinet Office and the Office for Deputy Prime Minister. She is currently a member of the ESRC$acirc; s Peer Review College. Before joining Cardiff, she taught sociology at Oxford Brookes University, and University of Birmingham where she was the Director of the MA in Social Research/doctoral training programme in the College of Social Sciences, prior to Birmingham gaining the Doctoral Training Centre status.

Twitter: Follow me @drsinyicheung

International Profile and External Activities

Member of the ESRC Peer Review College
Editorial Board Sociology of Education, American Sociological Association
Editorial Board, Sociology, British Sociological Association
External Faculty Fellow, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, USA (2010-11)
Visiting Fellow, European University Institute (EUI), Fiesole, Italy (Summer 2008)
Honorary Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA 2005-06.
Visiting Scholar, California Center for Population Research (CCPR) and the Department of Sociology, University of California Los Angeles. USA. 2005-06.
Research Group: WELM

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Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society
American Sociological Association
British Sociological Association
European Sociological Association, Research Network on Quantitative Methods (RN21)
International Sociology Association (ISA): Research Committee on Social Stratification and Social Mobility (RC28)

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Sin Yi has supervised research students through to completion on a wide range of topics including social capital and cross-class families, youth unemployment, second-generation ethnic minorities in Britain. Current PhD students' research range from 'looked after' children in local authority care, the place of quantitative methods in British sociology, social participation and mid-life, vocational education and apprenticeship. Prospective PhD students in the areas on ethnic inequalities, immigrant and refugee integration, educational and labour market inequalities, the sociology of education, work and employment are welcome to contact me at cheungsy@cardiff.ac.uk. At the undergraduate and masters level, I also teach Migration, Race and Ethnic Relations and Quantitative Research Methods.

My current research continues to examine issues around migration and refugee integration, cross-national comparison of health services usage in superdiverse neighbourhoods (funded by NORFACE) human capital and labour market inequalities and outcomes of social work intervention among vulnerable families. Recently research projects include an innovative equal pay project using secondary data analysis to study women's pay penalty in Wales (WAVE: Women Adding Value to the Economy) funded by the European Social Fund; horizontal stratification in higher education (in collaboration with Prof T Gerber at University of Wisconsin-Madison); and two Nuffield Foundation funded research projects: Social Work Over Time investigating the effect of social work intervention using longitudinal data and cohort studies; Social Networks, Social Capital and Refugee integrations (with Prof J Phillimore, University of Birmingham)


Past projects