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Description of research and teaching

YUAN, Yi (袁毅) is currently a doctoral student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. He is interested in international student migration/mobility (ISM); migration/mobility intentions; migration/migrant/mobile individuals lived experiences; liminality and precarity/precariousness; intersectionality of ethnic, racial, gender and national identifications; sense of belonging; inclusion/exclusion, racism and discrimination; decolonialism; qualitative and quantitative research methods, etc.

Yuan Yi’s research is supervised by Dr. Markku Sippola, Faculty of Social Sciences (Social policy and migration studies) and Dr. Mari Toivanen, Swedish School of Social Science (Migration studies). 

Research interests:

  • International student migration/mobility (ISM)
  • Migration/mobility intentions
  • Migration/migrant/mobile individuals lived experiences (micro-, meso-, and macro-)
  • Liminality and precarity/precariousness
  • Self and identity (re)negotiation in liminality and transition
  • Intersectionality of ethnicity, 'race’, gender and nationhood
  • Sense of belonging
  • Administrative bordering 
  • Social inclusion and exclusion, racism and discrimination
  • Marginality and ambivalence
  • Cosmopolitanism, multiculturalism, and transnationalism
  • Coloniality, decoloniality and decolonization 
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods

Current Research:

Doctoral research project title:

Being and becoming in liminality: lived experiences, identity negotiation, administrative bordering and Chinese international students’ mobility intentions upon graduation in Finland

Education background:

MSSc in Human Geography, 2009, Umeå University, Sweden

Bachelor's degree of Management, 2000, Lanzhou University, China

Professional Experience:

YUAN,Yi has 15 years professioal experience across industries between degrees both in Europe and China before commencing his doctoral research in Finland. He speaks Chinese as mother tongue, English and some Swedish.

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • International student migration, migration intentions, identity