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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Candice Hiu-Yan Yu

Candice Hiu-Yan Yu
Candice Hiu-Yan Yu
Social Anthropology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
UK, Citizenship, Marriage and Intimate Relationships, Social Mobility, employment barriers, highly educated migrants, agency, China, Class and social stratification, Migration studies

PhD Title

Visa, Work and Relationship: How Highly Educated Chinese Temporary Migrants Hope to Stay in the UK

Candice Hiu-Yan Yu is a PhD student in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include migration, social mobility, citizenship, intimacy, and inter-ethnic relations. She is currently undertaking research into Chinese transnational migration to the UK.


Yu, C. (2018) "Permanence pending: How young Chinese temporary migrants hope to stay in the UK", International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, 4(3): 179-195. DOI: 10.1504/IJMBS.2018.10015043.

Yu, C. (2013) Between Constraint and Autonomy: How Young White-Collar Women in Hong Kong Express their Sexuality (M.Phil thesis). Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Yu, C. (2011) "Imagination of the Self and the Other: Inter-ethnic Attitudes between Filipino Domestic Helpers and their Employers after the Manila Hostage Crisis", Hong Kong Anthropologist, Vol. 5. Available to read in full at

Academic Conferences:

18-21 September 2018                         University of Oxford, U.K.

                   Presenter - The Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth’s 2018 conference - Sociality, matter, and the imagination: re-creating Anthropology

2 - 4 July 2018                                           Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

                   Presenter - IMISCOE Europe, Migrations and the Mediterranean: Human Mobilities and Intercultural Challenges

30 October - 1 November 2017          Manchester University, U.K.

                   Presenter - A Migration Lab Conference - Word on the Move: Migration, Societies and Change

5 - 7 July 2017                                           Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

                   Presenter - LOVA International Conference 2017: Ethnographies of Gender and Mobility

28 - 30 June 2017                                    Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

                   Presenter - 14th IMISCOE Annual Conference: Migration, Diversity and the City

20 – 23 July 2016                                     The University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy
                   Presenter – 14th EASA Biennial Conference: Anthropological legacies and human futures

15 – 16 June 2016                                     Malmo University, Malmo, Sweden
                   Presenter – International Conference on Migration, Irregularisation and Activism: Challenging Contemporary Border Regimes, Racism and Subordination

12 November 2015                             School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, U.K.

Presenter – Intimacies Across Asia organised by the Sussex Asia Center

21 – 23 September 2012                        Mansfield College, The University of Oxford, U.K.
                   Presenter – The Second Global Conference, Beauty: Exploring Critical Issues organised by Inter-Disciplinary.Net


Spring 2018                                               University of Edinburgh

                  Tutor - Social Anthropology 1B: Anthropology Matters (Undergraduate course in Social Anthropology)

Academic Presentations:

29 February 2012                                     Hong Kong Museum of History
                  Speaker – Anthropological talk presented on the topic of “The Manila Hostage Crisis and Hong Kong Inter-ethnic Relations”, organised by the Hong Kong Anthropological Society in association with the Hong Kong Museum of History