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Tingting Yuan

Personal statement

I am a senior lecturer in International Education at Bath Spa University.

I was a lecturer in Education at Liverpool Hope University from 2012 to 2016 after I gained a PhD in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol. My doctoral research was on ‘Donor Logic of Chinese Educational Aid to Africa’, which included fieldwork undertaken in Tanzania and China. I was awarded a BA in Educational Administration and an MA in Comparative Education at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China.

My broader research interests include globalisation, public goods and education, international aid of education, China-Africa educational cooperation, British doctoral training policy and other educational issues particularly in higher education within the complexities of global political economy. I have presented papers on ‘donor logic’ and the political economy of Chinese educational aid at a number of international conferences in Europe, the USA and Asia, such as the World Congress of Comparative Education held by the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), the annual conference by the American Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and the UK Forum for International Education and Training (UKFIET) on Education and Development.

I am also an ordinary member of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE) executive committee, member of the Development Studies Association (DSA), the American Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and the Network for Policy Research, Review and Advice on Education and Training (NORRAG). At Bath Spa University I am the award leader of MA International Education.

Professional qualifications

  • PhD, University of Bristol
  • MA, Beijing Normal University
  • BA, Beijing Normal University
  • FHEA.

Areas of expertise

  • Education and development
  • Comparative education.

Invited talks/guest lectures:

  • ‘Revisiting China's educational promise to Africa: towards a global convergence of development in post-2015 era?’, guest seminar at Bath University, Bath, 12 April 2016

Projects

  • PGR training policy in the UK (funded by Liverpool Hope University).

Research supervision

Tingting is interested in supervising students in international education, higher education, particularly topics in relation to educational aid, education and development, education and neoliberal globalisation. 

Research and academic outputs

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The rising ‘China Model’ of educational cooperation with Africa
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Yuan, T (2013) 'The rising ‘China Model’ of educational cooperation with Africa.' In: Majhanovich, S and Geo-JaJa, M.A, eds. Economics, aid and education: implications for development. SensePublishers, Rotterdam, pp. 183-198. ISBN 9789462093652


Revisiting China’s Africa policies and educational promises: towards a global convergence of development in the post-2015 era?
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Yuan, T (2019) 'Revisiting China’s Africa policies and educational promises: towards a global convergence of development in the post-2015 era?' Globalisation, Societies and Education. ISSN 1476-7724


Teaching to fish’ rather than ‘giving a fish’: is China contributing to the global sustainable futures?
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Yuan, T (2015) 'Teaching to fish’ rather than ‘giving a fish’: is China contributing to the global sustainable futures?' Academics in China, 12. pp. 257-266. ISSN 1002-1698


Diploma serves diplomacy: China's 'donor logic' in educational aid
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Yuan, T (2014) 'Diploma serves diplomacy: China's 'donor logic' in educational aid.' China: An International Journal, 12 (2). pp. 87-109. ISSN 0219-7472


Does Western ‘aid’ work? Changing discourses and logics
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Yuan, T (2012) 'Does Western ‘aid’ work? Changing discourses and logics.' Academics in China, 2. pp. 257-275. ISSN 1002-1698


‘Diploma’ serves ‘diplomacy’? Politics of Chinese government scholarships in Tanzania
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Yuan, T (2011) '‘Diploma’ serves ‘diplomacy’? Politics of Chinese government scholarships in Tanzania.' NORRAG News, 45. pp. 126-127.


China’s aid logic to HRD in Tanzania: give a fish, teaching to fish, and sharing the fish
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Yuan, T (2010) 'China’s aid logic to HRD in Tanzania: give a fish, teaching to fish, and sharing the fish.' NORRAG News, 44. pp. 56-58.


Beyond equal access: China Scholarship Council and the position of non-DAC donors in higher education provision towards SDG 4
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Yuan, T (2018) Beyond equal access: China Scholarship Council and the position of non-DAC donors in higher education provision towards SDG 4. In: BAICE Conference: Comparative Education and Development Alternatives, 12 - 14 September 2018, York, UK.


Revisiting China's educational promise to Africa: Towards a global convergence of development in post-2015 era?
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Yuan, T (2018) Revisiting China's educational promise to Africa: Towards a global convergence of development in post-2015 era? In: 62nd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) - Re-Mapping Global Education: South-North Dialogue, 25 - 29 March 2018, Mexico City, Mexico.


‘Teaching to fish’ rather than ‘giving a fish’: is China contributing to the global sustainable futures?
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Yuan, T (2015) ‘Teaching to fish’ rather than ‘giving a fish’: is China contributing to the global sustainable futures? In: 13th UKFIET International Conference on Education and Development, 15 - 17 September 2015, Oxford, UK.


‘Diploma’ serves ‘diplomacy’- a different donor logic by China?
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Yuan, T (2012) ‘Diploma’ serves ‘diplomacy’- a different donor logic by China? In: International Conference on the Re-emerging China and Its Impact on Asia and the United States, 12 - 13 January 2012, Hong Kong.


‘Diploma’ serves ‘diplomacy’- a different donor logic by China?
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Yuan, T (2011) ‘Diploma’ serves ‘diplomacy’- a different donor logic by China? In: 11th UKFIET International Conference on Education and Development, 13 - 15 September 2011, Oxford, UK.


China’s aid modalities of human resource development in Africa and an exploration in Tanzania: differences and recognitions
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Yuan, T (2011) China’s aid modalities of human resource development in Africa and an exploration in Tanzania: differences and recognitions. In: EADI / DSA Conference: Rethinking Development in an Age of Scarcity and Uncertainty, 19 - 22 September 2011, University of York, York, UK.


The rising ‘China model’ of educational cooperation with Africa: features, perceptions and discourses
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Yuan, T (2010) The rising ‘China model’ of educational cooperation with Africa: features, perceptions and discourses. In: WCCES 14th World Congress: Bordering, Re-Bordering and New Possibilities for Change in Education and Society, 13 - 18 June 2010, Istanbul, Turkey.


Aid under global political economy: a Chinese model and an investigation in Tanzania
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Yuan, T (2008) Aid under global political economy: a Chinese model and an investigation in Tanzania. In: 3rd Worldwide Forum for Comparative Education on Educational Globalisation: Harmonisation, Divergence and Symbiosis, 12 - 14 October 2008, International and Comparative Education Research Institute, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.


Educational aid under globalisation and a China-Africa model: features, dynamics and mechanisms
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Yuan, T (2008) Educational aid under globalisation and a China-Africa model: features, dynamics and mechanisms. In: China in the World: Postgraduate Research Summer School, 14 - 18 July 2008, Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Bristol, UK.


Comparing the conceptions of ‘aid’ and exploring a different model
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Yuan, T (2008) Comparing the conceptions of ‘aid’ and exploring a different model. In: 2nd Bristol Postgraduate Network for East Asian Studies Conference on Challenges for East Asia: The Past, Present & Future, 7 - 8 July 2008, Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Bristol, UK.


International aid to education: promoting global equity or processing political economy
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Yuan, T (2008) International aid to education: promoting global equity or processing political economy. In: Comparative and International Education Society 52nd Annual Meeting: Gaining Educational Equality around the World, 17 - 21 March 2008, New York, USA.


Educational aid under globalisation: a view from the Sino-African pattern
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Yuan, T (2007) Educational aid under globalisation: a view from the Sino-African pattern. In: 13th WCCES World Congress of Comparative Education on Living Together, Education and Intercultural Dialogue, 3 -7 September 2007, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


The DTC effect: ESRC Doctoral Training Centres and the UK social science doctoral training landscape
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Budd, R, O’Connel, C, Yuan, T and Verver, O (2018) The DTC effect: ESRC Doctoral Training Centres and the UK social science doctoral training landscape. Liverpool Hope University Press, Liverpool. ISBN ​9781898749189


Teaching the disciplines in Education Studies
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Bignold, W, Bamber, P, Guilherme, A, Rao, N, Su, F and Yuan, T (2013) Teaching the disciplines in Education Studies. The Higher Education Academy, York.


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