Mr Simon Malyon

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I have received a BSc in Human Geography from the University of Reading and Masters degrees in Practicing Sustainable Development from Royal Holloway, University of London and Social Policy from the Zhou Enlai School of Government at Nankai University conducted in Chinese. I have spent a year as a language assistant on a British Council programme based in Tianjin, China and a year learning Chinese in Nanjing, China. Alongside my studies I have also worked on a project on child rights with Save the Children in Beijing and as an intern at the Rights Practice in London. My studies and research have been supported through funding from various organisations including an ESRC studentship, the Great Britain-China Educational Trust, a Chinese Government scholarship, the Confucius Institute and a Santander travel award.

I started PhD studies in Human Geography funded by the ESRC in 2016 and my research focuses on processes of rural-urban migration and social welfare provision to migrants in China.

Academic Presentations:

‘Precarity’ as a framework to study contemporary work forms – researching Beijing’s courier delivery drivers. Paper presented at Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University, December 2017

“Socio-economic mobility and precarious work of male migrant workers in Beijing”. Paper presented at The Age of Sustainability? Opportunities, Challenges and Critiques: The 8th SIID PGR Conference, Sheffield Institute for International Development, Sheffield University. May, 2017

“Citizens All? Citizens Some! Conceptualising Citizenship of Rural Migrant Workers in China”. Paper presented at RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference, Cardiff University. April, 2017

Segmented labour markets and ethnicity: A comparative case study of male Han and Uyghur workers in the services sector in Xinjiang, China. Royal Holloway, Department of Geography. April 2016


I have been awarded a Newton Fund PhD placement grant where I will be based in the School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University for the period Autumn 2017-Spring 2018. 

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