St Antony's College
President of British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies(BPCS), 2017-2018
DPhil in Oriental Studies (Contemporary Chinese Studies).
Thesis title: Female Entrepreneurs in the Digital Age: Reading E-commerce in Urban China from a Gendered Perspective. Supervised by Dr. Maria Jaschok and Prof. Rachel Murphy (equal supervision).
2014 - Bachelor of Social Science in Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University. First Honour
2016 - Master of Philosophy in Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University.
Thesis: Gendered and Sexualized Guanxi: The use of Erotic Capital in the Workplace in Urban China (Thesis awarded HKSA Best Thesis Award 2016-2018). Supervised by Prof. Jack Barbalet.
Ling is in general interested in the gendered and sexualised dynamics in organisations and business in China. While her MPhil thesis targets the white-collar women workers in Shenzhen, her DPhil research focuses on the female-led E-commerce entrepreneurs.
Ling's MPhil thesis studies the gendered and sexualized guanxi, and critically brings into the discussion the concept of erotic capital. In particular, the thesis explains the ways women navigate the male-centred guanxi practice in organisations.
Based on a one-year ethnography in Shenzhen and Hefei, her DPhil thesis aims to: 1)provide a gender reading of E-commerce in China, 2) disclose the heterogeneity of the business guanxi and intimate guanxi of Chinese female entrepreneurs in the digital age; 3) discuss the development of “new China” within the digital age.
She is passionate about sensory/public ethnography and constantly updates her wechat public account 见树又见林. She is also the drummer, lyricist and supporting vocal of the band 滑倒乐队Slip.
Her DPhil is funded by Wai Seng Senior Research Scholarship at St Antony's College, IJURR Studentship and St Catherine's College.
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