Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

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Dr Li Sun

Lecturer in Sociology & Social Policy

I am a lecturer in Sociology & Social Policy. Originally from China, I have been living and working in the UK, the Netherlands, the US, and Germany since 2007. I received my PhD in sociology with magna cum laude from Bielefeld University in 2012. Besides academic positions, I have been serving as a consultant to the UN, World Bank, and OECD, as well as various government offices in China, UK and the Netherlands. 

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the interrelated issues of urbanization in global south including rural-urban migration, land, housing, social welfare, and inequality. My research approaches are interdisciplinary, combining sociology, public policy, geography, urban studies, and development studies. While my primary research area is China, I have worked on research projects in Kenya, India, and Colombia.


I contribute to the new MPA programme. Specifically, I teach two modules: (i) Public Administration in a Globalised World, and (ii) Policy, Planning and Development.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising students on the topics of urbanization and development in the Global South, with a particular interest in migrant workers, social policies, and housing issues in contemporary China.

Key Publications

Journal articles

Media Contact Areas

  • Sustainable and Inclusive Urbanization in China
  • Rural-Urban Migration in China
  • Land, Housing and Urban Expansion in China
  • Urban Inequality and Justice in China
  • Social Protection and Citizen’s Welfare in China
  • Globalization and Policy Diffusion to China

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