Yuchen Wang


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Personal Statement

I am currently working at the School of Education as a Chancellor’s Fellow. My research interests include inclusive education, children and young people' voices and participation, sustainable development and technology.  I completed my PhD research ‘Imagining Inclusive Schooling’ at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, which explored the experiences of disabled children and their teachers in Chinese mainstream schools through an ethnographic approach. Following that, I was awarded the ESRC GCRF Postdoctoral Fellowship ‘Counting Every Child In’ to engage key stakeholders to promote disabled children’s access to inclusive and quality education in China. Before joining Strathclyde, I worked as a Research Associate at the Centre for Research in Digital Education and developed funded projects to critically examine the relationships between inclusive education and technologies. One of the projects resulted in the publishing of a co-edited book ‘Artificial intelligence and inclusive education: speculative futures and emerging practices’, which won the 2020 Springer Nature New China Development award and is now being translated into Arabic. Recently, I led a NERC 'discipline hopping' networking project and established Strathclyde's Children and Young People Sustainablity Network. I was also a core member of the writing group which produced the 3rd version of Scotland's 'National Framework for Inclusion'.

I am the course co-coordinator for PGCert Inclusive Education (GTCS professional recognition certificate: Additional Support Needs 3-18) and the module co-leader of Inclusive Pedagogy. I regularly deliver professional development programmes for practitioners to build their capacity in inclusive practice. I am also a member of committees and groups including the Scottish Universities Inclusion Group, School of Education’s Global Engagement working group and the Strathclyde Early Years Hub.

I welcome prospective students who are interested in inclusion and diversity issues, international perspectives of inclusive educational development and student/child-led approaches to get in touch regarding supervision opportunities. Below is a list of on-going projects supervised by colleagues and myself in Strathclyde:

Xunrou Shen. PhD. Rethinking Parental Engagement under the Covid-19 crisis through a Froebelian lens: Bringing Young Children’s Voices to the Front.

Kerrie Highcock. EdD. Autistic children's views of support in England.

Jingyi Yang. PhD. Understadning anti-racist pedagogy in Scottish early childhood education.

Jennifer McNicol. EdD. Places of belonging for learners with additional support needs.

Jiayu Shi. PhD. Exploring the discourse space for male teachers in early education: gender flexibility and gender diversity in China.

Noor Ul Ain. PhD. The making of human-centred AI-Technologies for Inclusive Education.

Research Interests

  • Inclusion and diversity in education
  • Student voice
  • Sustainable development
  • Technology
  • Research engagement and impact

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, Applied Psychology, East China Normal University

Master of Education, Special Education, East China Normal University

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh


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