Shichong Li

Shichong Li


I achieved my MA in Curriculum and Instruction at Southwest University in 2019, China. During my stay, I had three journal publications, one conference presentation experience, and two academic exchanges at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA in 2017 and National Chung Hsing University (NCHU), Taiwan in 2018. I also participated in research projects (at the local and national levels) 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.

From my perspective, weaving theories from the Sociology of Childhood with the LBCs’ daily life would raise people’s awareness of what children care about and how their lives would be from their own perspectives. Massive quantitative studies assumed and proved that LBCs have mental or physical health problems. However, I argue that LBCs are not always “problematic kids”. Growing up differently would not always end up with irreversible trauma. On the contrary, they are believed (in some research) that they have the agency (competence or capacity to take the initiative) to deal with multiple issues in their lives. Only giving voices to the LBC would benefit the system built up to help them. Meanwhile, I firmly believe that peers also play an essential role in LBCs’ development of the relational agency. 


Li, S. and Tsay, W. 2019. The Implementation Status Quo of “Buddy Program”: Taking NCHU as an Example. NPUST Humanities and Social Sciences Research: Pedagogy. 13(4), pp.83–114. (in traditional Chinese)

Li, S. 2019. A Bibliometric Analysis on the Studies of Teacher Education Policy in China. Education Science Forum. 26(10), pp.76–80. (in simplified Chinese)

Li, S. 2018. The Basic Principles of the Cultivation on Developing Literacy of Chinese Students. Education Science Forum. 25(23), pp.65–68. (in simplified Chinese)


31/08/2022, The British Association for Chinese Studies Conference, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK, presentation on “Experiencing the incompatibility and compatibility of ethical requirements in the UK for UK-based Chinese research in Social Science”

21/06/2022, China in the Social Sciences: Emerging Research from the North of England (ChiNESS), White Rose DTP, University of Sheffield, UK, presentation on “Children’s agency in peer relations: taking Chinese Left-behind children as an example”

17/11/2018, Academic Forum on Teacher’s Professional Development, Center of Teacher Education, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan, presentation on “A study on the Curriculum Structure of Field Trip in Elementary Schools in Chinese Mainland”

Research projects participated


“Investigation of Present Implementation of ‘Rural Teacher Supporting Program (2015-2020)’ in China” (national level)


“The Professional Development Model of Primary and Secondary School Teachers in Chongqing in the Process of Urban-rural Integration Construction” (local level at Chongqing, China)

Guest speaker

EDUC TESOL Form, School of Education, the University of Leeds, on the 27th and 29th of April 2022, linked the contents of the children’s agency practically with the TESOL area


Inclusion, Childhood and Youth Research Centre (ICY) since October, 2020

Centre for Research on Families, Life Course and Generations (FLaG) since October, 2020

British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (BPCS) since June, 2022

British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) since June, 2022

British Sociological Association (BSA) since July, 2022

British Educational Research Association (BERA) since September, 2022

British International Studies Association (BISA) since September, 2022

Social Media

Twitter: @shichong_li


Research interests

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


  • 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 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