Dr Youcao Ren


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I trained as an urban historian at the University of Sheffield where I obtained PhD in landscape study. My research interest in urban transition blends ethnographic and historical perspectives and has primarily focused on the rapidly urbanising east China.

I joined the University of Manchester in 2019 to work with the international research project ‘A Systems Approach to Sustainable Sanitation Challenges in Urbanising China’ (SASSI) as a research associate. My recent study has adapted a gendered lens in exploring everyday sanitation access among migrant women.


  • Human-infrastructure interaction, infrastructure transition, urban ethnography, urban history

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2019 - Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sheffield
  • 2013 - Master of Arts, The University of Sheffield
  • 2011 - Bachelor of Arts, Zhejiang University of Technology

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