Dept. of Sociology and Social Work | Sun Yat-sen University | Guangzhou
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Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (transferred from the LSE)
MPhil/PhD Gender Studies2003-2004
Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K.
MSc Social and Cultural Theory 2002-2003
Department of Sociology, University of Bristol, Bristol, U.K
BA (Hons) (with First Class) English for International Business2001-2002
Faculty of Cultural, Legal and Social Studies, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, U.K.
Certificate in International Business and Trade 2001
Washington Semester Program, American University, Washington D.C., United States
Gender issues, women’s everyday lives and desires, especially under China’s modernization and globalization, and rural-urban discrepancy
Sex industry and sex workers in China
Feminist social work, marriage and family issues
Social and cultural theories, e.g. popular culture, sexual values and behaviours under social change, gender/sex images in movies, space, everyday life, etc.
Ding, Yu. (2011) Social Transition and Urban Knowledge Women: Everyday life of female university teachers in Guangzhou. Post-doctoral research. Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou
Ding, Yu. (2008) Transitions and New Possibilities of Sex Work: Xiaojies’ Perceptions of Work and Way of Life in the Pearl River Delta Area. PhD thesis. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Excellent rating for the PhD thesis. Recommended for a University of Hong Kong thesis prize.)
Ding, Yu. (2003) Female Representation in the Post-1949 Chinese Cinema. MSc dissertation. University of Bristol, U.K.
Ding, Yu. (2002) A Comparative Study in the Management Styles of the Xinhua Bookstore in China and the Barnes & Noble in the U.S. BA (Hons) dissertation. University of Central Lancashire, U.K.
Ding, Yu (2014) ‘Migration, Prostitution, and Human Trafficking: The Voice of Chinese Women’ . Crime, Law and Social Change. DOI:10.1007/s10611-014-9523-9
Ding, Yu (2014) ‘Everyday Life as a New Theoretical Framework in Women’s Studies – Using Female College/University Teachers as an Example’ (in Chinese). Funv Yanjiu Luncong (Collection of Women’s Studies). 123 (3): 55-64.
Ding, Yu and Hui, Li (2013) ‘Empowerment through Everyday Life Practices: A Case Study of a Hospitalized Patient with a Mental Disorder in Rehabilitation in Guangzhou’ (in Chinese). She Hui (Chinese Journal of Sociology). 33 (4): 117-146.
Ding, Yu and Sik Ying Ho (2013) ‘Sex Work in China’s Pearl River Delta: Accumulating Sexual Capital as a Life Advancement Strategy’. Sexualities. 16 (1): 43-60.
Ding, Yu (2012) ‘Negotiating Intimacies in an Eroticized Environment: Xiaojies in the Nightclubs, Karaoke Houses and Massage Parlours in South China’. International Journal of Business Anthropology. 3 (1): 158-175.
Ding, Yu (2012) ‘Critical reflection and experiential learning in social work field education – Illustrated with the Sun Yat-sen model’ (in Chinese). Zhongguo shehui gongzuo yanjiu (China Social Work Research). 8:192-222.
Ding, Yu (2011) ‘Everyday lives and self practices of rural-to-urban migrant female sex workers in the Pearl River Delta area’ (in Chinese). Nanfang Renkou (South China Population). 26 (5): 43-51.
Ding, Yu and Ming Pang (2010) ‘Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng's China (book review)’. Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Review (Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network (WAGNet) e-Journal, University of Oxford, UK).
Ding, Yu. (2007) ‘Intimate Relations in the Sex Industry: Female Sex Workers in the Pearl River Delta’ (in Chinese). Zhongguo xing yanjiu (Sexuality Research in China). 27 (3): 105-118.
Ding, Yu (manuscript). ‘Ta Shen zhi Yu: Zhusanjiao liudong renkou shequn teshu zhiye yanjiu’ (Desires: Transitions and New Possibilities of Sex Work in the Pearl River Delta Area) (in Chinese). Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press.
Ding Yu (in press) ‘The Pearl River Delta: the global factories’ (in Chinese). in Sik Ying Ho, Yiqian Hu (eds.) Sex, Love and Desire in the Post Socialist Urban China. Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Publishing House.
Ding Yu (in process) ‘Place of desire: the Pearl River Delta’. in Sik Ying Ho (ed) Sex and Desire in China. Singapore: Cengage Learning Asia.
Ding, Yu. (2008). ‘Life of Ah Xia: a sex worker’s confusion’ (in Chinese). Problem Based Learning Casebook for Chinese Social Work Students. Shanghai: Shanghai People’s Publishing House.
Ding, Yu and Sik Ying Ho (2008). ‘Beyond Sex and Work - An analysis of xiaojies’ understandings of work in the Pearl River Delta Area, China’. in Jackson, Stevi, Jieyu, Liu and Woo Juhyun. (eds.) East Asian Sexualities: Modernity, genderand new sexual cultures. London: Zed Books.
Ding, Yu. (2006) ‘Trilogy of the Erotic’ (in Chinese). Fe/male Bodies. Hong Kong: Kubrick Press.
Conferences and academic talks
Ding, Yu and Peter Szto. (Accepted to be presented in July, 2015) ‘Methodological Considerations for Field Research with Sex Workers in China’. The 19th International Symposium of the International Consortium for Social Development. SIM University, Singapore.
Ding, Yu. (Aug, 2013) ‘Female sex workers’ lived experiences and social services delivered in the Pearl River Delta’. The 2013 Annual meeting of China Association of Social Work Education. Guangzhou, China.
Ding, Yu. (May, 2013) ‘Xiaojies and their everyday practices as a self project’. Workshop on Sexuality, trauma and social suffering in East Asia. Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
Peter Szto and Yu, Ding. (Nov, 2012) ‘Sex Workers and Self Image in Omaha and Guangzhou: a visual analysis’. 58th CSWE Annual Program Meeting. Washington, DC, US.
Ding, Yu (Nov, 2012) ‘Transitions and New Possibilities of Sex Work: Xiaojies’ Perceptions of Work and Way of Life in the Pearl River Delta Area’. An academic talk invited by the Grace Abbott School of Social Work, University of Nebraska at Omaha, US.
Ding, Yu. (Sep, 2012) ‘Erotic practices and Sexual Capital of female sex workers in the Pearl River Delta’. 7th Global Conference - The Erotic, University of Oxford, UK.
Ding, Yu. (May, 2012) Co-chair of round table discussion. Symposium on ‘Beyond the East West Divide’ Gender, Intimacy and Modernity. Co-organized by University of Hong Kong and University of York, UK. Hong Kong.
Ding, Yu (Apr, 2012) ‘Sex Work in China’s Pearl River Delta: Accumulating Sexual Capital as a Life Advancement Strategy’ An academic talk invited by the Department of Sociology, Centre of Criminology, HKU.
Ding, Yu (Oct, 2011) ‘Social Transformation and Cosmopolitan Knowledge Women in Guangzhou - Female College/University Teachers’ Self Understandings of Work and Everyday Life’ (in Chinese). An academic luncheon talk invited by Department of Sociology and Social Work, Sun Yat-sen University and Guangdong Harmony Foundation, SYSU, Guangzhou.
Ding, Yu. (Oct, 2011) ‘Sex Work in China’s Pearl River Delta: Accumulating Sexual Capital as a Life Advancement Strategy’. International Symposium on Gender and Sustainable Social Development – Consequences and Public Policies, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an.
Ding, Yu. (June, 2011) ‘Family, Relations and the Self – Women College/University Teachers in Guangzhou’ (in Chinese). Power and Diversity – the Third International Conference on Chinese Sexuality, Renmin University of China, Beijing.
Ding, Yu. (June, 2009) ‘I want to be a golden chicken! – Sexual capital and self practices of the xiaojies’ in the Pearl River Delta’ (in Chinese). Sex and social development – the Second International Conference on Chinese Sexuality, Renmin University of China, Beijing.
Ding, Yu. (May, 2009) ‘Desire – A New Way of Reading Xiaojies’ Perceptions of Work and Way of Life’. Women Writing New Scripts: A Symposium on Asian Sexualities and Erotic Justice, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
Ding, Yu. (July, 2007) ‘Eating the rice bowl of youth: An analysis of the understandings of work by the xiaojies in the Perl River Delta, South China’. Gender 2007, University of York. York, UK.
Ding, Yu. (June, 2007) ‘Intimate Relations in the Sex Industry: Female Sex Workers in the Pearl River Delta’ (in Chinese). The First International Conference on Chinese Sexualities. Renmin University of China, Beijing, China.
Ding, Yu. (Mar, 2007) ‘Negotiating Intimacies in an Eroticized Environment: Xiaojies in the Nightclubs, Karaoke Houses and Massage Parlours in South China’. 1st Global Conference on Persons, Intimacy and Love: Probing the Boundaries. Salzburg, Austria.
Ding, Yu. (Apr, 2005) ‘Hooker and Lover? Contradictions in Xiaojies’ lived experiences’. University of Hong Kong Faculty of Social Sciences Research Postgraduate Conference. Hong Kong, China.
research projects and fundings
2014-2017 Co-PI, ‘Gender and Sex Education in Social Work in China’, Ford Foundation.
2013-2017 PI, ‘Research on Purchase of Service Contracting in Guangdong’, Humanity and Social Science Youth Foundation of Ministry of Education of China.
2012-2014 PI, ‘Marriage and family of contemporary urban women and family service development in Guangdong’, Sun Yat-sen University Basic Research Funds.
2011-2013 Co-PI, ‘Sex and Social Work: an MSW textbook, and safe and healthy sex promotion in China’, Ford Foundation.
2009-2011 PI, ‘Social transition and the lived experience of female university and college teachers – cases in Guangzhou’, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation.
2009 PI, ‘Work and family: lived experience of female university and college teachers in Guangzhou’, Sun Yat-sen University Starting Funds for Young Teachers.
2009 Production Assistant and Translator, ‘The Second Spring – Middle-aged Hong Kong housewives’, University of Hong Kong, Research Grants Council funded.
Teaching and supervision
2010: Xiao Reng, Sun Meng, Li Hui, Wang Fangfang
2011: Zhong Yuanfang, Qi Qun, Kong Xianfen, Wang Cui, Mei Xiaojun
Courses teaching include: ‘Social Group Work’, ‘Qualitative Research Methods’, ‘Social Work Theories’ and ‘Social Work Research Methods’
Member of Gender Education Forum at Sun Yat-sen University, participate in its general course teaching and academic activities
Director of Social Work Field Education, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Sun Yat-sen University
Certificate for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education issued by CAUT (Centre for Advancement for University Teaching, University of Hong Kong)
Teaching Assistant to Human Sexualities: Elective for BSW and MSW students and bachelor students from other departments, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong
University of Hong Kong Teaching Development Grant application (HK$ 400,000) and course design for ‘Love and Marriage in China’
Teaching Assistant to The Methods of Social Research: Strategies and Practices Multi-disciplinary core course for research post-graduates, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong
Teaching Assistant to Qualitative Research Methods, Elective for research post-graduates, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong
Teaching Assistant to Sexing Culture and Identity Core course for Media & Cultural Studies Multi-disciplinary majors and minors, University of Hong Kong
Organizer of ‘Sex, Emotion and Love’ workshop for undergraduate students, University of Shantou, Guangdong, China
Social servicEs and Academic Honours
Field supervisor for Guangzhou Beijing Street Integrated Family Service Centre, Foshan Chancheng District Women’s Federation, Lvgeng Rural-urban Mutual Help Centre, Guangzhou Social Assistance and Management Institute, Guangzhou Jinguang Women’s Health Service Centre