Miss Yunting (Tina) Qi

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I am a human geographer with specific interest on skilled migration, student mobilities, everyday geographies and emotional geographies. My PhD research is titled as “Everyday Life and Emotions: Overseas Returned Students to Shanghai, China”, which is supervised by Prof. Katie Willis and advised by Prof. Katherine Brickell. The project is funded by China Government Scholarship.Based on data collected from ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Shanghai from August 2018 to August 2019, this research explores overseas returned students’ post-study everyday lives and emotions from the perspectives of daily experience of work, non-work life and intimate relationships. I have made empirical discussion in this research via the lenses of materiality, temporality and relationality. Further, the thesis sheds light on the conceptualisation of return migration.


My research interest on migration was stimulated in my Masters study. I have received a Master of Social Sciences from National University of Singapore (NUS). For my Master’s degree, I have investigated skilled migrants from Mainland China, who came to Singapore after 1990. My Master’s thesis with the title of “Negotiating Sense of Belonging through a Gender Lens: Skilled P.R.Chinese (Im)migrants in Singapore” has paid particular attention to migrants’ sense of belonging and provided an original insight on study on sense of belonging through introducing gender identity inside. Before that, I have received a Bachelor of Science from East China Normal University (ECNU).


My studies have been supported by funding from various organisations including China Scholarship Council, RHUL, NUS, ECNU and Ministry of Education of China. My awards include but do not limit within Outstanding Graduate of Shanghai (2014) and Outstanding Student of ECNU (2013).


Email: Yunting.Qi.2017@live.rhul.ac.uk; tinaqi.qyt@gmail.com

Twitter: @YuntingQi

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