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Cheng Yang

Biography:

Cheng completed his MPhil in economic and social history between 2014 and 2015. He is now a PhD student supervised by Dr. Leigh Shaw-Taylor, Prof. Hans Van de Ven and Prof. Sir Tony Wrigley. He is also a member of Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. Trained as a cultural heritage conservationist and preservation architect, he was drawn to the debate on Great Divergence and the study of industrial revolution. His main interest is the investigation into the economic development in 18th -19th centuries China from the perspective of living standard and occupation structure based on gazetteer books and criminal records. Among the many kings and queens he once served to conserve their afterlife living room (tombs), Nefertari at Valley of the Queens, Luxor, Egypt is his favourite.

Thesis Title: “Occupational Structure of Late Imperial China, 1738 – 1899”

Qualifications:

2014-15 – MPhil in Economic and Social History, University of Cambridge

2008-11 – Master of Historic Preservation, University of Southern California

2008-10 – Graduate Certificate in urbanism and Architecture, University of Southern California

2004-08 – BA in History (Classical Architecture), Peking University

Research Interests

Thesis Title: “Occupational Structure of Late Imperial China, 1738 – 1899”

Modern Economic and Social History

Research Supervision

Supervisor: Dr Leigh Shaw-Taylor

Secondary Supervisors: Prof. Hans Van de Ven and Prof. Sir Tony Wrigley 

Other Professional Activities

Member of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure

Co-convener of the Graduate Workshop in Economic and Social History