Selected Awards, Grants and Fellowships

2020–2022: UKRI/ESRC Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative (Co-I)
2019–2023: Nuffield Family Justice Observatory Data Services (Named Expert Advisor)
2019–2020: ESRC SafePod Network at Lancaster (Co-I & Application Coordinator)
2019–2020: HEFCE N8 AgriFood Project Resource / Seedcorn Fund (Co-I)
2019: Lancaster Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Early Career Researcher of the Year
2018–2019: Work Family Researchers Network (USA) Early Career Fellow
2018: The Sociological Review Foundation Conference Grant
2017–2019: Nuffield Foundation Research Grant (Co-I)
2017–2019: Shanghai Humanities and Social Science and Research Council (Co-PI)
2017: The Sociological Review Foundation Seminar Series (PI)
2016–2017: British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant (Co-I)
2015–2016: Pro-Vice Chancellor Seedcorn Fund, University of Essex (Co-I)
2015–2016: Proficio New Course Development Funds, University of Essex
2011–2015: Gates Cambridge Scholarship, University of Cambridge
2012–2014: Queens’ College Travel Grant, University of Cambridge
2012–2013: Doctoral Research Grant, University of Cambridge
2010: Chukochen Honours Scholarship, Zhejiang University, China
2007–2010: National Scholarship, Ministry of Education, China
2006–2010: Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Zhejiang University, China
2010: Research and Innovation Award, Zhejiang University, China
2010: Best Debater Grant, National English Debating Competition, China
2009: First-Prize Winner, ‘Challenge Cup’ National Research Contest, China
2009: National Innovation and Invention Award, Ministry of Education, China

Editorial board membership

2020–: Sociology
2020–: Journal of Marriage and Family
2020–: Sociology Compass

Ad-hoc Reviewer

American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Asian Population StudiesChildren and Youth Services Review, The China Quarterly, Chinese Sociological Review, European Sociological ReviewFamilies, Relationships and Societies, Information, Communication & Society, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, International MigrationJournal of Child and Family Studies, Journal of Chinese Sociology, Journal of Comparative Family StudiesJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Family and Economic IssuesJournal of Gerontology: Series B,  Journal of Marriage and FamilyLeisure StudiesMethodological Innovations, Modern China, Population Research and Policy Review, Psychology of Women QuarterlyQualitative Social WorkResearch in Social Stratification and MobilitySageSociologySocial Science Research, Sociological Forum.

Writer, Commentator and Reporter

Yang is author of the preface to the Chinese translation of Ian McEwan’s novel Enduring Love (爱无可忍). His media interviews and social commentaries have appeared in major media outlets (United Press, Time Magazine, Quartz, Xinhua News, Sina News, Fenghuang News,, etc.). He was the former editor of Mouse (子鼠), the only multilingual poetry magazine in China..


Yang holds an Advanced Certificate for Chinese-English Interpretation in China. He has conducted conference interpretation for international organisations including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Public Speaker and Debater

Yang is an award-winning public speaker and debater. He has won the award of National Best English Debater of China in 2009. He is also the First-place Winner at ‘21 Century Cup’ National English Speech Contest, Zhejiang Province, China, 2009. He has served as an adjudicator at China’s National English Debating Competition in 2010. He was co-trainer of the China Youth Team at World School Debate Championships in 2009..

Professional Affiliation

2013 to date: British Sociological Association
2013 to date: Marriage and Migration Network
2014 to date: American Sociological Association
2016 to date: British Society for Population Studies
2017 to date: IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion)
2017 to date: European Sociological Association
2017 to date: International Sociological Association RC21
2018 to date: Work Family Researchers Network, USA