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Frank Lefeng Lin

Assistant Professor

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I joined Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou in 2020. As a sociologist, my research and teaching interests fall into four major areas: sociology of labor and work, sociology of development and economic change, collective action and social movements, and sociological Marxism. I received a Ph.D. degree from the Sociology of Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019.Currently, I am working on two research projects. I am writing a book about Chinese grassroots labor activism and trade union reform. I also start to collect data for a new research project on the political economy of flexible labor market development in the context of Chinas manufacturing industrial upgrading.I especially welcome and would like to work with Ph.D. applicants who want to study Chinese labor issues across different industrial sectors, such as intelligent manufacturing labor, platform labor, digital labor, and labor dispatch and outsourcing,

Research interests

Sociology of labor and work

Sociology of development and economic change

Collective action and social movements

Sociological Marxism


Assistant Professor, Department of China Studies, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou - September 2022 to present

Lecturer, Department of China Studies, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou - Feburary 2020 to August 2022


CCS104 Chinese Society (module leader)

CCS 308 Understanding China’s Development: Theories and Issues (module leader)

CCS305 China Studies: Final Year Project (co-teach, week 5 Methodology Lecture; Dissertation Supervisor)

CCS 901 Understanding China (co-teach, week 4 Chinese society and education lecture)

CCS107 China: Government and Politics (co-module leader)

CCS302 China: Social Policy (module leader)

CCS404 China’s Welfare and Development (module leader)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison - 2019

External positions

Consulting Editor, The Journal of Chinese Sociology

1 Jan 2020 → …

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