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 an Associate 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

  • Co Editor - Families, Relationships and Societies, Bristol University Press
  • Editorial Board Member - Diversity & Inclusion Research, Wiley 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
  • Emerging Researcher Award, Waikato Institute of Technology, New Zealand
  • Dean’s List of Exceptional Doctoral Theses, Massey University, 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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Liu, L.S., 'Chinese Transnational Migration in the Age of Global Modernity: The Case of Oceania', Routledge Studies in Asian Diasporas, Migrations and Mobilities. Routledge: Abingdon and New York, 2018, 307 pp. ISBN: 978‐1‐315‐43852‐8

Journal Article
Ran, G. J. (2020)
Liu, L.S., 'Chinese Transnational Migration in the Age of Global Modernity: The Case of Oceania', Routledge Studies in Asian Diasporas, Migrations and Mobilities. Routledge: Abingdon and New York, 2018, 307 pp. ISBN: 978‐1‐315‐43852‐8. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 61(3), 577-578. https://doi.org/10.1111/apv.12262
No abstract is available for this article.

Influence of family hosting on refugee integration and its implication on social work practice: the French case

Journal Article
Ran, G. J., & Join-Lambert, H. (2020)
Influence of family hosting on refugee integration and its implication on social work practice: the French case. European Journal of Social Work, 23(3), 461-474. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2019.1706450
In addition to existing institutional barriers in European societies, refugee settlement and integration also faces numerous social challenges, such as discrimination and stig...

Navigating transnational migrant family: A multi-generational perspective

Presentation / Conference
Ran, G. J. (2019, October)
Navigating transnational migrant family: A multi-generational perspective. Paper presented at RC06 (Research Committee of Family, International Sociological Association) - VSA (Vietnam Sociological Association) International Conference: The Family in Modern and Global Societies: Persistence and Change, Hanoi, Vietnam

Floating families? New Chinese migrants in New Zealand and their multi-generational families — A Research Gap Identified

Presentation / Conference
Liu, L. S., & Ran, G. J. (2018, June)
Floating families? New Chinese migrants in New Zealand and their multi-generational families — A Research Gap Identified. Paper presented at Global Encounters: Transnational Mobility Within and Beyond China International Conference, Beijing

New Chinese Immigrant Community in Bangkok

Presentation / Conference
Ran, G. J. (2015, July)
New Chinese Immigrant Community in Bangkok. Paper presented at 4th International Conference on International Relations and Development (ICRID 2015), Bangkok

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • 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: 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: 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