Dr Shuang Qiu

Shuang Qiu

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Teaching Associate

Contact details

Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Shuang Qiu joined the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology as a Teaching Associate in 2021. She is currently editing her monograph based on her PhD thesis for publication with Palgrave Macmillan as part of its Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences series.

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  • PhD in Women's Studies, University of York, 2020
  • MA in Media and Public Relations, Newcastle University, 2015


Shuang was awarded her PhD in Women's Studies in 2020 at the University of York, where her doctoral research focuses on the gendered lived experience of LAT people in constructing their families lives and intimate relationships. Prior to this, she read for a BA in Communication and Media and Public Relations at MA level. Before joining the University of Birmingham, she worked as a Seminar Leader, teaching UG core module – Introduction to Sociological Theory.


  • Social Problems and Social Policy: Social Science in Action


Research interests

Shuang's main research interests are in the areas of sociology of the family; gender and heterosexuality; intimate and personal relationships; qualitative research methods, and East Asian studies.

Current projects

Doctoral Research

PhD Title: Living apart together (LAT) relationships: Intimacy, family practices and agency among Chinese women.

Other activities

  • Member of British Sociological Association (BSA)
  • Member of Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR)



Qiu, S. (2022) Gender and Family Practices in China: Living apart together relationships. To be published by Palgrave Macmillan. (Contract signed, writing in progress)

Journal Articles

Qiu, S. (Under Revision) Family practices in non-cohabiting intimate relationships in China: Doing mobile intimacy, emotion, and intergenerational practices. Families, Relationships and Societies.

Qiu, S. (2020), Chinese ‘Study Mothers’ in Living Apart Together (LAT) Relationships: Educational Migration, Family Practices, and Gender Roles. Sociological Research Online, 25(3), 405-420. https://doi.org/10.1177/1360780419871574

Book Chapters

Qiu, S. (Forthcoming, 2022) "Negotiating Intimacy and Identities: Living Apart Together Relationships in China"., In: Quaid, S. and Hugman, C. (eds.) Negotiating Families and Personal Lives in the 21st century: Exploring Diversity, Social Change and Inequalities. Routledge.


Qiu, S. (2019), Living apart together (LAT) relationships: Intimacy, family practices and agency among Chinese women. PhD thesis. University of York. Available from https://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/26779/ [Accessed 14th November 2021].


Qiu, S. (2017), Chinese ‘study mothers’ in living apart together relationships. NCFR Report Magazine, Available from https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-report/focus/families-with-differences [Accessed 14th November 2021].

Qiu, S. (2017), Reflections on researching Chinese couples living apart together and ‘doing’ intimacy’. Discover Society, 42, Available from https://archive.discoversociety.org/2017/03/01/reflections-on-researching-chinese-couples-living-apart-together-and-doing-intimacy/ [Accessed 14th November 2021].