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

Professor Sin Yi Cheung

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

Professor of Sociology

School of Social Sciences

+44(0) 29 2087 5446
2.07, Glamorgan Building
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My research addresses different forms of social inequalities in contemporary societies. I have published on the changing inequalities in higher education, ethno-religious penalties in the labour market, lone parents on benefits, claimants' dynamics, children in care, and refugee integration. My research has received funding from the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, as well as central government departments such as the Department for Work and Pensions, and local authorities. Over the years I have held visiting professorships and positions at Wisconsin-Madison, UCLA, and Stanford University, and more recently at the University of Tokyo, New York University and Keio University.  

Professor Sin Yi Cheung joined Cardiff University in 2011 having previously taught sociology at the University of Birmingham and Oxford Brookes University. Before completing her D.Phil. at St. Anthony's College, Oxford, Sin Yi also worked as a research officer in the Social Disadvantage Research Group, the Department of Applied Social Studies and Social Research, Oxford which has now become Department Social Policy and Intervention.

Honours and awards

Celebrating Excellence Awards 2017 Finalist: Outstanding Contribution to the University's International Activities.

JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Invitation Fellowship at the University of Tokyo (2017)

Global Guest Professorship, Keio University (2019)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society
  • American Sociological Association
  • British Sociological Association
  • European Sociological Association. Board member of Research Network on Quantitative Methods (RN21) 2013-2015
  • International Sociology Association (ISA): Research Committee on Social Stratification and Social Mobility (RC28)

Speaking engagements

  • Takenoshita, H. and Cheung, S.Y. 2019. "Cross-border Marriage and Immigrant Integration in Japan", New and Old Diversity Exchange UK-Japan Symposium. Waseda University, December 2019.
  • Cheung, S. Y. 2019. "Perceived Discrimination in Healthcare: evidence from four European Countries". JSPS Research Symopsium, Cardiff University, August, 2019.
  • Cheung, S. Y. 2014. Migration statistics: What can the data tell us? Presented at: getstats in Parliament: Migration Statistics what the data tell us?, Houses of Parliament, 4 December 2014.
  • Cheung, S. Y. and Henderson, M. 2014. Outcomes of Educational Welfare Officer contact with teenagers in England. Presented at: Research Seminar, Institute for Economic and Social Research, University of Essex, UK, 17 November 2014.

Committees and reviewing

  • International Academic Liaison Steering Group, AHSS. (2014-2017)
  • Race Equality Mark Staff Working Group.



















Undergraduate level - Migration, 'Race' and Ethnic Relations, Equality and Diversity in Education and Work, Secondary Data Analysis. 

Master's level - Research Methods and Techniques in Context.

Sin Yi welcomes PhD applications on topics related to any areas of her research interests.

Sin Yi's current research examines 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 (with Ted Gerber at the 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 (with Jonathan Scourfield et al); and Social Networks, Social Capital and Refugee integration (with Jenny Phillimore, University of Birmingham).

Sin Yi welcomes PhD applications on topics related to any of her research interests.