School of Education and Sociology


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Dr Yuwei Xu

  • Qualifications: BEd & BA (SXU, China), CertHE (Aston), MA (KCL), PhD (Glasgow)
  • Role Title: Lecturer in Children and Family Studies
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5230
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  • Department: School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr Yuwei Xu joined UoP’s School of Education and Childhood Studies as Lecturer in Children and Family Studies in September 2016. He gained his PhD in gender and early childhood studies in 2018 from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Yuwei is a researcher in early childhood education and care (ECEC) and has particular research interests in gender and men’s participation in ECEC. His PhD project investigates the gender dynamics of teacher-child interactions in ECEC settings in Edinburgh, Hong Kong, and Tianjin, China, using multiple qualitative methods such as observations in 17 classrooms cross-culturally, interviews with both male and female teachers, and pictorial conversations with children aged 3-6 years old.

Yuwei is currently doing three research projects, including:

  • The Life Trajectories of Women PhD Students in STEM: A Comparative Study of China, Serbia, and the UK (2018-2020), principal investigator, funded by University of Portsmouth Theme Research & Innovation Fund
  • Child-centred Diversity in Quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in China (2018-2020), principal investigator, funded by Smart Vision International Kindergarten, Weifang, China
  • An International Research Study on Men’s Career Trajectories in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) (2017-2019), co-investigator

Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate teaching:

  • Equality and Diversity in Practice
  • Health and Wellbeing of the Young Child
  • Global Childhoods
  • Gender, Race, and Education
  • Perspectives of Early Childhood

Postgraduate teaching:

  • Research Methods in Education



  • Gender, Culture and Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Men in Early Childhood
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Social Justice and Equity in Education
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • Higher Education

Research profile

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