Dr Yizhang Zhao


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Yizhang is a Lecturer in Social Statistics. Her broad research interests include social stratification and mobility, social determinants of inequalities in health and well-being, and the interaction between individual life and social changes. Particularly, she is interested in examining how different dimensions of social inequality affect people’s life chances and their welfare, and how the influence changes over time and across space in different social contexts. 

Prior to this, Yizhang was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. She participated in two research projects at Oxford: ‘Intergenerational Health Inequalities in Morbidity and Mortality’ and ‘Primary and Secondary Effects of Social Origins on Educational Attainment’. In the former project, she and her colleagues examined how parents’ and children’s educational attainment shape their health behaviours and health outcomes. In the latter project,she and her colleagues examined how different dimensions of individuals’ family background affect their educational performance and educational choices and what policies might be most effective to reduce inequalities in relation to social origins.

External positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, Oxford University

1 May 2018 → …

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2018 - PhD in Social Statistics, The University of Manchester (2014 - 2018)
  • 2014 - MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics, The University of Manchester (2013 - 2014)
  • 2013 - MA in Sociology, Tsinghua University (2011 - 2013)
  • 2011 - BA in Sociology, Renmin University (2007 - 2011)

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