Yang is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Family and Child Justice Research, Centre for Mobilities Research, and the Data Science Institute at Lancaster. He obtained his MPhil (2011) and Ph.D (2015) in Sociology as a Gates Scholar from the University of Cambridge, and his B.A. (2010) from Zhejiang University, China.
Yang’s research focuses on changing work-family, intimate and gender relations, as well as their intersection with population mobility, in a global context. His research contributes to advancing work-family, gender and social equality and understandings of how macro socio-economic, political and institutional developments and cultural changes (re)configure everyday family and intimate lives. His research has been funded by the UKRI/ESRC, SSHRC, British Academy, HEFCE and Nuffield Foundation.
Yang is experienced in working with the media to disseminate findings from his research to the general public. His research has received extensive coverage by over 100 media outlets around the world, including the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph, CNN, ABC, CBS, Global Times, iNews, Yahoo!, Huffington Post, CTV, etc.