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

  • Emerging Researcher Award, Waikato Institute of Technology, New Zealand
  • Dean’s List of Exceptional Doctoral Theses, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Diversity and Inclusion 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 Ethnic and Migration Studies
  • Journal reviewer: Journal of International Migration and Integration
  • Journal reviewer: European Journal of Social Work
  • Journal reviewer: BMC Public Health
  • 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 cross-sectional online survey of depression symptoms among New Zealand’s Asian community in the first 10 months of the COVID-19 pandemic

Journal Article
Siegert, R. J., Zhu, A., Jia, X., Ran, G. J., French, N., Johnston, D., …Liu, L. S. (in press)
A cross-sectional online survey of depression symptoms among New Zealand’s Asian community in the first 10 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, https://doi.org/10.1080/03036758.2023.2251900
The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated levels of distress and resulted in anti-Asian discrimination in many countries. We aimed to determine the 10-month prevalence of depression ...

Multigenerational Dynamics and Neoliberal Family Immigration Policy Regimes: The Case of New Chinese Immigrant Families in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Book Chapter
Ran, G. J. (2023)
Multigenerational Dynamics and Neoliberal Family Immigration Policy Regimes: The Case of New Chinese Immigrant Families in Aotearoa/New Zealand. In Transforming the Politics of Mobility and Migration in Aotearoa New Zealand (101-118). London: Anthem Press

Stigmatising and Racialising COVID-19: Asian People’s Experience in New Zealand

Journal Article
Liu, L. S., Jia, X., Zhu, A., Ran, G. J., Siegert, R., French, N., & Johnston, D. (2023)
Stigmatising and Racialising COVID-19: Asian People’s Experience in New Zealand. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 10, 2704-2717. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-022-01448-7
The Asian community — the second largest non-European ethnic community in New Zealand — plays an important role in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, evidenced by their active ...

New Zealand border restrictions amidst COVID-19 and their impacts on temporary migrant workers

Journal Article
Liu, L. S., Ran, G. J., & Jia, X. (2022)
New Zealand border restrictions amidst COVID-19 and their impacts on temporary migrant workers. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 31(3), 312-323. https://doi.org/10.1177/01171968221126206
In September 2021, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) announced the offer of a one-off residence visa category – the 2021 Resident Visa, to over 165,000 temporary migrant workers a...

Contemporary family sponsorship and older parent reunification immigration under New Zealand’s neoliberal immigration regime

Journal Article
Liu, L. S., & Ran, G. J. (2022)
Contemporary family sponsorship and older parent reunification immigration under New Zealand’s neoliberal immigration regime. Journal of Population Research, 39(1), 73-95. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12546-022-09279-3
A neoliberal immigration regime often takes an “economic” lens to frame and reframe immigration regulation based on a rational cost–benefit analysis of what immigration might ...

Re-constructing reverse family remittances: the case of new Chinese immigrant families in New Zealand

Journal Article
Ran, G. J., & Liu, L. S. (in press)
Re-constructing reverse family remittances: the case of new Chinese immigrant families in New Zealand. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183x.2021.1999221
Transnational family remittances normally indicate the transfer of money from immigrants to their left-behind families in the country of origin. However, a significant remitta...

New Chinese Immigrants in New Zealand: Floating families?

Book
Liu, L. S., & Ran, G. J. (2021)
New Chinese Immigrants in New Zealand: Floating families?. London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003168218

Understanding the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system in Aotearoa/New Zealand under the COVID-19 pandemic: A guest perspective

Presentation / Conference
Ran, G. J., & Liu, L. S. (2021, November)
Understanding the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system in Aotearoa/New Zealand under the COVID-19 pandemic: A guest perspective. Paper presented at Social response to COVID-19 in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Obligations and stigmatisation, Wellington

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

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