Xingyi Li

Xingyi Li


I am originally from China. I completed my bachelor’s degree in journalism at the Yan’an University in China. During my BA degree, I studied in media and communication and worked at TikTok after graduating.

During 2021-2022, I completed my MA Society, Culture and media at the University of Leeds. In this time, I had the opportunity to learn about sociology and combined media theory with sociological theory. My master dissertation was understanding a woman’s journey of becoming using The Queen’s Gambit through the lens of feminism. This research established my interest in sociology and gender study.

In October 2022, I started my PhD at the University of Leeds with Professor Ruth Holliday and Dr Li Sun.


Research interests

My research focuses on population and fertility policy in China. I would like to explore why Chinese fertility is declining and what it means to live in a low-fertility culture. Following the child policy change in China, I would like to discuss how the young generation thinks about marriage and childbirth.


  • MA Society Culture and media (Distinction), University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • BA Journalism, Yan'an University, China