Shichong Li

Shichong Li


I achieved my Master’s in  Curriculum and Instruction at Southwest University in China. During my stay, I had three journal publications, one conference presentation experience, and two academic exchanges, respectively, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA and National Chung Hsing University (NCHU), Taiwan. I also participated in three research projects in China by collecting data, structuring literature reviews and writing reports. 

Currently, I am pursuing my PhD at the University of Leeds, researching children’s agency in peer relations in the Chinese context. My participants are the Left-behind Children (LBC) in China whose parents are migrant workers of China’s ongoing internal migration under economic boost. From my perspective, weaving theories from the sociology of childhood with a focus on LBC’s daily life would raise people’s awareness of what children care about and their living conditions from children’s perspective. I mainly use debates on children’s agency to navigate my research regarding LBC’s peer relations in family and school contexts. 

Research interests

  • Sociology of childhood
  • Children’s agency in the Chinese context
  • Family relations in contemporary China
  • Research ethics in practice
  • Ethical dilemmas of childhood studies in the Chinese context
  • Cross-cultural perspectives
  • Migration (internal and external) studies
  • Migrant parents


  • MA in Curriculum and Instruction at Southwest University (China)
  • BA in English Teaching at Sichuan University of Science and Engineering
  • Student Assistant and Student Ambassador at the Faculty of Education, Southwest University (China)
  • Certificate of the Exchange Program at National Chung Hsing University
  • Teacher's Certificate of the PRC in High School English Teaching

Research groups and institutes

  • ICY: Inclusion, Childhood & Youth Research Centre