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Dr Yuwei Xu


Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom



Dr Yuwei Xu is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he founded the Global Childhoods Research Group (GCRG). Dr Xu is co-editor-in-chief for internationally prestigious journals including Children & Society, British Educational Research Journal, and Pedagogy, Culture and Society.



  • Bhana, D., Xu, Y., & Adriany, V., Eds. (2024). Gendered and Sexual Norms in Global South Early Childhood Education: Understanding Normative Discourses in Post-Colonial Contexts. Routledge.
  • Zhu, Y., Wang, Y., Xu, Y., & Tan, R. (2023). (Re)Constructing equality, diversity, and inclusion in Chinese childhoods: Intersectional perspectives and transdisciplinary approaches. Global Studies of Childhood, 13(2), 95-101.
  • Hoskins, K., Xu, Y., Gao, J., & Zhai, J. (2023). Children and young people’s perspectives on and experiences of COVID-19 in global contexts. Children & Society, 37(1), 1-7.
  • Hoskins, K., Thu, T., Xu, Y., Gao, J., & Zhai, J. (2023). Me, my child and Covid-19: Parents’ reflections on their child’s experiences of lockdown in the UK and China. British Educational Research Journal, 49(3), 455-475.
  • Liu, C., & Xu, Y. (2023). When the UNCRC meets Confucianism: Chinese parents' understanding of children's right to play. Childhood: A journal of global child research, 30(2), 177-193.
  • Sullivan, V., Coles, L., Xu, Y., & Thorpe, K. (2023). Men Times Ten: Does the presence of more men support inclusion of male educators in early childhood education and care?. Gender and Education, 35(1), 18-36.
  • Xu, Y., Schweisfurth, M., & Read, B. (2022). Men’s participation in early childhood education and care (ECEC): Comparative perspectives from Edinburgh, Scotland and Tianjin, China. Comparative Education, 58(3), 345-363.
  • Bhana, D., Moosa, S., Xu, Y., & Emilsen, K. (2022). Men in Early Childhood Education and Care: On navigating a gendered terrain. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 30(4), 543-556.
  • Xu, Y. & Gao, J. (2021). A Systematic Review of Parent-child Reading in Early Childhood (0-6): Effects, Factors, and Interventions. Centre for Teacher and Early Years Education, UCL Institute of Education: London, UK.
  • Tesar, M., Guerrero, M. R., Anttila, E., … Xu, Y., … Malone, K., & Arndt, S. (2021). Infantographies. Educational Philosophy and Theory.
  • Berriman, L., Bhana, D., Crafter, S., Robb, M., & Xu, Y. (2021). Engaging diversities in a changing world: a statement from the new editors of Children & Society. Children & Society, 35(1), 1-2.
  • Toran, M., Sak, R., Xu, Y., ┼×ahin-Sak, ─░.T., & Yu, Y. (2021). Parents and children during the COVID-19 quarantine process: Experiences from Turkey and China. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 19(1), 21-39.
  • Xu, Y. (2020). Does the gender of a practitioner matter in early childhood education and care (ECEC)? Perspectives from Scottish and Chinese young children. Children & Society, 34(5), 354-370.
  • Xu, Y. (2020). Gender-diverse practitioners in early years education and care (EYEC): a cross-cultural study of Scotland, Hong Kong, and Mainland China. Early Years: An International Research Journal, 40(1), 109-124.
  • Xu, Y., Warin, J., & Robb, M. (2020). Beyond gender binaries: pedagogies and practices in early childhood education and care (ECEC). Early Years: An International Research Journal, 40(1), 1-4.
  • Sullivan, V., Coles, L., Xu, Y., Perales, F., & Thorpe, K. (2020). Beliefs and attributions: insider accounts of men’s place in early childhood education and care. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 21(2), 126-137.
  • Xu, Y. and Waniganayake, M. (2018). An exploratory study of gender and male teachers in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) centres in China. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 48(4), 518-534.


Dr Yuwei Xu is a sociologist of (early) childhood, education, and gender; with a PhD awarded by the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He has researched topics such as gender and men in early childhood education, LGBT teachers, child agency, child-centred diversity and quality education, parenting, and women in STEM. His research is cross-cultural and comparative, he has conducted projects in contexts such as the UK, China, Europe, Australia, and South Africa in collaboration with international researchers.
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