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Social Anthropology:


Candice Hiu-Yan Yu

Candice Hiu-Yan Yu
Candice Hiu-Yan Yu
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

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