Jason Ran
jason ran

Dr Jason Ran

Lecturer

Biography

I joined Edinburgh Napier University as a lecturer in sociology within the social science programme in November 2022. Prior to that, I was a lecturer and the academic lead of the social work programme at Waikato Institute of Technology, New Zealand.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (South-Central University for Nationalities, China), a Masters in International Development Studies (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand), a MASTER de Sciences Humaines et Sociales mention sciences de l’education (Université Paris Nanterre, France) funded by the Erasmus Mundus scholarship from European Commission, and a PhD in Social Policy (Massey University, New Zealand) fully funded by a Royal Society New Zealand funded research project.

I am currently also serving as the Co-Editor for the journal Families, Relationships and Societies published by Bristol University Press, and the Book Review Editor for New Zealand Sociology published by Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand.

My scholarship lies in the field of sociology of migration. More specifically, my research employs diverse theoretical perspectives to interrogate the intricate interactions between transnational migration regimes – including immigration policies, communication and transportation technologies, and the broader socioeconomic and political developments across the globe, to name a few – and the individual agencies of immigrants and their immediate social systems, for instance their families and ethnoracial communities. As a qualitative researcher, I often utilise narrative and ethnographic approaches to examine both the convergence and divergence of those interactions, and accordingly their influences on the immigrant population as well as the broader society. My current research focuses on understanding the correlation between the transnational migration experience and the family change within the new Chinese immigrant group in Australasia and Europe.

Apart from my main research interest in migration studies, I am also broadly interested in scholarly inquiries into social care provision and evaluation, critical social policy, social work education and practice, as well as family studies concerning inter-generational and multi-generational dynamics.

I am keen to supervise PhD students on those or related topics, and any expressions of interest from prospective candidates are welcome.

Esteem

Conference Organising Activity

  • Research panel chair: Giving effects to Te Tiriti o Waitangi in social work education in Aotearoa New Zealand, in 2022 Sustainable Futures Symposium, Hamilton, New Zealand, October 2022
  • Symposium co-organiser: Social response to COVID-19 in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Obligations and stigmatization, Wellington, New Zealand, November 2021
  • Research panel chair: Impacts of the pandemic on workplace, in Symposium Social response to COVID-19 in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Obligations and stigmatization, Wellington, New Zealand, November 2021
  • Symposium Chair: Te Tiriti o Waitangi informed social work education in Aotearoa New Zealand: Practices and reflections, in New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) 2021 Annual Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, November 2021

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member - Diversity & Inclusion Research, Wiley Press
  • Co Editor - Families, Relationships and Societies, Bristol University Press
  • Associate Editor - Families, Relationships and Societies, Bristol University Press
  • Book Review Editor - New Zealand Sociology, Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Diversity and Inclusion Award, Waikato Institute of Technology, New Zealand
  • Dean’s List of Exceptional Doctoral Theses, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Emerging Researcher Award, Waikato Institute of Technology, New Zealand
  • PhD Scholarship, NZ$ 106,500, New Zealand Royal Society Marsden Fund funded research project “Floating families? New Chinese migrants in New Zealand and their multi-generational families”, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree scholarship, € 47,000, European Commission

 

Invited Speaker

  • Public lecture: Navigating qualitative data collection for social science research, Public lecture presented at the Autumn Academic Month lecture series of College of Arts, Xi’an University of Finance and Economics, China, October 2019
  • Public lecture: Qualitative research design for social science research, Public lecture presented at the Visiting scholar seminar, Shaanxi Normal University, China, November 2019

 

Media Activity

  • Newspaper articles: New book looks at experiences of Chinese immigrant families in New Zealand, Massey News, 2022
  • Newspaper articles: Chinese immigrants protect intergenerational family bonds from a distance, Hauora Research, 2021

 

Reviewing

  • Journal reviewer: Ethnicities
  • Journal reviewer: Social and Cultural Geography
  • Journal reviewer: Journal of International Migration and Integration
  • Journal reviewer: European Journal of Social Work
  • Journal reviewer: BMC Public Health
  • Journal reviewer: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
  • Journal reviewer: Journal of Intercultural Education

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Scholar: October-November 2019, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China

 

Date


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A conceptual framework studying transnational immigrant family experiences: The phenomenon of Chinese seasonal parents/grandparents in New Zealand

Journal Article
Liu, L. S., & Ran, G. J. (2022)
A conceptual framework studying transnational immigrant family experiences: The phenomenon of Chinese seasonal parents/grandparents in New Zealand. Population, Space and Place, 28(4), Article e2527. https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2527
Despite heightened scholarly attention paid to transnational immigrant families since the 1990s, a systematic analysis framework explaining the formation of these family exper...

Bold Words, a Hero or a Traitor? Fang Fang’s Diaries of the Wuhan Lockdown on Chinese Social Media

Book Chapter
Liu, L. S., Ran, G. J., & Wang, Y. (2021)
Bold Words, a Hero or a Traitor? Fang Fang’s Diaries of the Wuhan Lockdown on Chinese Social Media. In . B. Doucet, P. Filion, & R. van Melik (Eds.), Volume 2: Housing and Home (97-108). Bristol: Bristol University Press

Family finds a way: experiences of multigenerational transnational new Chinese immigrant families in New Zealand

Thesis
Ran, G. (2021)
Family finds a way: experiences of multigenerational transnational new Chinese immigrant families in New Zealand. (Thesis). Massey University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2974489
The Immigration Act 1987 fundamentally transformed New Zealand’s immigration policy from one that was race-based to one based on economic needs of New Zealand society. It open...

Seasonal Parents/Grandparents: The Shifting Transnational Family Strategy of Care Circulation in New Chinese Migrant Families in New Zealand

Presentation / Conference
Liu, L. S., & Ran, G. J. (2021, February)
Seasonal Parents/Grandparents: The Shifting Transnational Family Strategy of Care Circulation in New Chinese Migrant Families in New Zealand. Paper presented at IV ISA Forum of Sociology, Porto Alegre, Brazil

CaDDANZ Brief: Ageing And Wellbeing In Northcote

Report
Irvine, J., Ran, G. J., Terruhn, T., & Cain, T. (2020)
CaDDANZ Brief: Ageing And Wellbeing In Northcote. Hamilton, New Zealand: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), New Zealand Government

CaDDANZ Brief: Urban Regeneration And Community Building In Northcote

Report
Terruhn, J., Irvine, J., Cain, T., & Ran, G. J. (2020)
CaDDANZ Brief: Urban Regeneration And Community Building In Northcote. Hamilton, New Zealand: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), New Zealand Government

CaDDANZ Brief: Living With Diversity Negotiating Difference In Northcote

Report
Cain, T., Terruhn, J., Ran, G. J., & Irvine, J. (2020)
CaDDANZ Brief: Living With Diversity Negotiating Difference In Northcote. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), New Zealand Government

CaDDANZ Brief: Meanings And Experiences Of Community Among Older Adult Residents Of Northcote

Report
Ran, G. J., Cain, T., Irvine, J., & Terruhn, J. (2020)
CaDDANZ Brief: Meanings And Experiences Of Community Among Older Adult Residents Of Northcote. Hamilton, New Zealand: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), New Zealand Government

Asian community’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand: Risk perceptions, government measures and ethnic boundaries

Presentation / Conference
Liu, L. S., & Ran, G. J. (2020, September)
Asian community’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand: Risk perceptions, government measures and ethnic boundaries. Paper presented at Aotearoa Migration Research Network Symposium: Migration in uncertain times: Im/mobilities, belonging and identities in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Hamilton

‘Forced’ family separation and inter-generational dynamics: multi-generational new Chinese immigrant families in New Zealand

Journal Article
Ran, G. J., & Liu, L. S. (2021)
‘Forced’ family separation and inter-generational dynamics: multi-generational new Chinese immigrant families in New Zealand. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 16(1), 148-167. https://doi.org/10.1080/1177083x.2020.1801772
In New Zealand (NZ), due to the immigration policy change against family reunifications, many ‘forced’ transnational immigrant families emerged between NZ and other immigratio...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Research Grant: Waikato Institute of Technology Contestable Funding, NZ$ 4,600, Research Lead, Te Tiriti o Waitangi informed social work education: Practices and reflections from Wintec Bachelor of Social Work Programme, Waikato Institute of Technology, 2022
  • Research Grant: Waikato Institute of Technology Te Pae-haumako Pūtea Rangahau Funding, NZ$ 5,000, Co-investigator, Manawa: Manawa tîna, Manawa toka - Tiriti informed practice, Waikato Institute of Technology, 2022
  • Research Grant: Health Research Council of New Zealand, NZ$ 350,325, Named Co-investigator, Social response to COVID-19 in New Zealand: Obligations and stigmatisation, HRC ref:20/985, Massey University, 2020