Dr Heather Xiaoquan Zhang [张小泉]

Director of Postgraduate Studies
Director of Research (Social Change and Transition in East Asia cluster)
+44 (0)113 343 3497
Areas of Expertise
  • Socio-economic and human development in China and Southeast Asia (Vietnam)
  • Global-local linkages and the impact of globalisation on local development
  • Gender, intra-household, intergenerational relations
  • The socio-economic consequences of HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing
  • Livelihood analysis, rural-urban migration
  • Social policy research, especially on poverty, inequality, social exclusion, health
  • Qualitative research methodology

MA Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; MSc Edinburgh; PhD Strathclyde.

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Books and Book Contributions

  • (2007) (eds.) (with Wu, B. and Sanders, R.) Marginalisation in China : Perspectives on Transition and Globalisation, as part of the series Marginal Regions (in association with International Geographical Union – Dynamics of Marginal and Critical Regions), Aldershot : Ashgate.
  • (2007) (with Sander, R.) Introduction: Marginalisation and Globalisation in Transitional China, in Zhang, Wu, and Sanders (eds.) Marginalisation in China, pp. 1-11, Ashgate.
  • (2007) Conceptualising the Links: Migration, Health and Sustainable Livelihoods in China, in Zhang, Wu, and Sanders (eds.) Marginalisation in China, pp. 195-214, Ashgate.
  • (2004) Gender Difference in Inheritance Rights: Observations from a Chinese Village, in Ho, Peter; Eyferth, Jacob and Vermeer, Eduard B. (eds.) Rural Development in Transitional China : the new agriculture, pp. 252-77, London : Frank Cass.
  • (2003) (with Kelly et al.) Migration in a transitional economy: beyond the planned and spontaneous dichotomy in Vietnam, Third International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS3) Abstracts of Papers, pp. 85, Singapore : National University of Singapore, 19-22 August.
  • (1999) Understanding Changes in Women's Status in the Context of the Recent Rural Reform in China, in West, Jackie, Zhao, Minghua, Chang, Xiangqun and Cheng, Yuan (eds.) Women of China: Economic and Social Transformation, pp. 45-66, London: Macmillan.

Journal Articles and Papers

  • (2009) Guest Editor of Special Issue: Transforming Rural China: Beyond the Urban Bias? Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Vol. 38 No. 4.
  • (2006) (with Kelly, et al.) Migration in a transitional economy: beyond the planned and spontaneous dichotomy in Vietnam, Geoforum, Vol. 37, No. 6, pp. 1066-1081.
  • (2004) The Gathering Storm: AIDS Policy in China, Journal of International Development, Vol. 16, No. 8, pp. 1155-1168.
  • (2004) (with Locke, C.) Interpreting Reproductive Rights: Institutional Responses to the Agenda in the 1990s, Public Administration and Development. Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 41-50.
  • (2003) Gender Difference in Inheritance Rights: Observations from a Chinese Village, The Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 30, Nos 3-4, April/July, pp. 252-77.
  • (2003) (with Lin, G.) Tackling the AIDS Challenge, China - Britain Trade Review, January, pp. 21-22.
  • (2002) (with Locke, C.) Contextualising Reproductive Rights Challenges: the Vietnam Situation, Women's Studies International Forum, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 443-453.
  • (2002) (with Lin, G.) Facing Up to the AIDS Challenge, China Review, No. 23, pp. 11-13.
  • (2000) (with Locke, C.) Social Analysis and Selective Inclusions in Rights-Based Approaches to Reproductive Health, Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford, Vol. XXXI, No. 1, pp. 85-100.
  • (1999), Female Migration and Urban Labour Markets in Tianjin, Development and Change, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 21-41.
  • (1997), State Policy and Women's Autonomy in Rural China, Issues & Studies, Vol. 33, No. 5, pp. 80-101.

Working papers, research reports and other publications in the public domain

  • (2009) (with Locke, C.) Missing Links between Migration and Reproduction in Vietnam and China, Working Paper No. 14, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK
  • (2009) (with Christiansen, F.) The Political Economy of Rural Development in China: Reflections on Current Rural Policy, Duisburg Working Papers on East Asian Studies No. 81, Institute of East Asian Studies, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • (2009) "Social Policy Programs: Overview", Encyclopedia of Modern China, Detroit, MI.: Charles Scribner's Sons, pp. 430-32
  • (2009) "Rural Development since 1978: Three Rural Issues", Encyclopedia of Modern China, Detroit, MI.: Charles Scribner's Sons, pp.316-18
  • (2008) Health and social protection for rural-urban migrants: Chinese experiences and lessons for Vietnam, Proceedings of the International Conference, Trends of Urbanisation and Suburbanisation in Southeast Asia, Vol. 1, Ho Chi Minh City: Centre for Urban and Development Studies.
  • (2008) China Urbanizes: Consequences, Strategies and Policies, Edited by Shahid Yusuf and Tony Saich, Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2008. Book review, The China Quarterly, 195: 696–698.
  • (2005) Migration, Health and Sustainable Livelihood in China, Leeds East Asia Papers, No. 68. Leeds: Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds.
  • (2005) Changing China: A Geographical Appraisal, Edited by Chiao-min Hsieh and Max Lu, 2004, Boulder : Westview Press, China Information, 19(1): 138-40 (book review).
  • (2001) (with Locke, C.) Implementing Reproductive Rights: Population Debates and Institutional Responses to the New Agenda, Research Report, Social Policy Research Programme, School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia.
  • (2001) (with Kelly, et al.) Structure and Implications of Migration in a Transitional Economy: Beyond the Planned and Spontaneous Dichotomy in Vietnam, Centre for Social and Economic Research on Global Environment (CSERGE) Working Paper, No. GEC 01-01, University of East Anglia and University College London.
  • (1997) Making a Difference in Their Own Lives: Rural Women in the Urban Labour Market in North China, Leeds East Asia Papers, No. 50, University of Leeds.
  • (1995) Progress or Retrogression for Chinese Women?: The Cultural Revolution (1966-76) Revisited, Strathclyde Papers on Government and Politics, No. 104, University of Strathclyde.