Professor Delia Davin

Honorary Fellow
+44 (0)113 343 6774
Areas of Expertise
  • Social and economic development of China
  • Gender issues in China
  • Population control
  • Rural-urban migration in China
  • Life and legacy of Mao Zedong

BA, PhD Leeds.

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Books and Monographs

  • Internal migration in Contemporary China, Macmillan, 1999.
  • Mao Zedong, A Life, Sutton, 1997, reprinted by History Press 2009.
  • Chinese Lives: an Oral History of Contemporary China, New York: Pantheon; London: Macmillan, 1988;
  • Penguin edition, 1989, (co-editor with W. Jenner).
  • China's One Child Family Policy, Macmillan, 1985 (co-editor with E. Croll and P. Kane).

Book Chapters

  • 'Dark Tales of Mao the Merciless' in Greg Benton and Lin Chun (eds) Was Mao really a monster? The Academic Response to Chang and Halliday's Mao: The Unknown Story. London: Routledge June 2009.
  • 'Marriage Migration in China: The enlargement of marriage markets in the era of market reforms' in Rajni Palriwala and Patricia Uberoi (eds) Marriage migration and gender. New Delhi: Sage, 2008.
  • 'Dark Tales of Mao the Merciless' in Greg Benton (ed) Mao Zedong and the Chinese Revolution. London: Routledge, 2007.
  • "Women and Migration in Contemporary China', China Report 41:1 2005, New Delhi: Sage.
  • "The impact of export-oriented manufacturing on the welfare entitlements of Chinese women workers" in Shahra Razavi, Ruth Pearson and Caroline Danloy eds, Globalisation, Export-oriented Employment and Social Policy: Gendered Connections, UNISD/London:Palgrave, 2004.
  • "Country maids in the city: Domestic Service as an Agent of Modernity in China" in Françoise Mengin and Jean-Louis Rocca (eds), Politics in China: Moving Frontiers, London: Palgrave 2002.
  • 'Chinese Women: Media Concerns and Politics of Reform' in Afshar.H. ed Women and Politics in the Third World. London: Routledge, 1996.
  • 'Population Policy and Reform: the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and China' in Shirin Rai et al (eds). Women in the Face of Change: the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and China. London: Routledge, 1992

Articles in Reference Books

  • "China's One-Child Policy" in Vandana Desai and Rob Potter (eds) The Arnold Companion to Development Studies, Edward Arnold, 2000.
  • 'Gladys Yang', in B. Harrison (ed) Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • 'Marriage Law in contemporary China' and 'Gender Issues in contemporary China' in Das Grosse China-Lexikon, Stefan Freidrich and Hans-Wilm Schutte (eds), Darmstadt, Germany: Wissenschaftliche Buchgellschaft and Primus Verlag, 2003.


  • My 1997 book, Mao Zedong, has been translated into Polish and Norwegian.
  • With Li Ruru I translated the essay 'Remembering Yang Bi' by Yang Jiang published in Zhu Hong (ed) A Frolic in the Snow, Shenyang, China :Liaoning Educational Press, China, 2002.