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 Cunqiang Shi

Cunqiang Shi

Research student,

Overview

Cunqiang is a Chinese PhD researcher who is interested in disability studies, especailly the employment issues of disabled people. He has completed his MSc. human Resource Managment and MSc. Social Science Research Method at Cardiff University. As a disabled person himself, he has gained first hand empircal experience in the Chinese and UK context. This gives him an opportunity to compare and analyse the appraoches of advocatiing equal rights taken by the two nations.


Cunqiang welcomes all enquries and suggestions regarding his current PhD project which focuses on the social-ecnomic transition in China and its impact on disabled people's work and employment. In particular, he is inclined to adopt the historical materilist appraoch to explain the ecnomic changes from the planned state dominate economy to market economy.  

Research

Research interests

Cunqiang's research topic is about disabled people’s employment experience in the territories of China. It is fascinating to see how disabled people’s employment are different in terms of their residence areas. For example, a disabled person who lives in a urban city in the east coast may experience significantly differently from a disabled person who lives in a rural cottage in the west mountains. This social-economic and potentially ideological difference makes China an interesting country to be investigated in terms of disability issues, and other social-political topics.


Cunqiang is specially intrigued to look at Marxist historical materialism which greatly influenced the foundation of the social model of disability. When the material base of the society has changed (ie. from a agriculture based mode of production to industrialised capitalist mode of production), it is important to investigate how its subsequent industrail relations have followed suit. 

Teaching

Have been postgraduate research tutor on following modules:


First year undergraduate business management students 


People in Organisations (BS1529) 


Second year undergraduate business management students 


Challenges in Managing and Leading Organizations (BS2002) 


Ethics and Morality of Business (BS3728) 


Third year undergraduate business management students 


Japanese & Asian Management Systems (BS3743)



PhD tutor at the Brilliant Club - a charity organises PhD researchers to share their knowledge with 9-14 years old pupils. 


 


Thesis

Being left behind? An investigation of the impact of economic and social change on disabled people's employment in regions within China

My research topic is about disabled people’s employment experience in the territories of China. I found it is fascinating to see how disabled people’s employment are different in terms of their residence areas. For example, a disabled person who lives in a urban city in the east coast may experience significantly differently from a disabled person who lives in a rural cottage in the west mountains. This social-economic and potentially ideological difference makes China an interesting country to be investigated in terms of disability issues, and other social-political topics.


My research will be drawn on the works done by disability scholars in the past three decades, namely the medical/individual model of disability, social model of disability, critical disability studies, etc. I will also explore the ancient and current philosophical underpin of Chinese people and look into how Chinese citizens regard disability.

Supervisors

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Professor Deborah Foster

Professor of Employment Relations and Diversity

Jonathan Morris

Professor Jonathan Morris

Professor of Organisational Analysis