Fengshu Liu

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Academic Interests

Young people’s identity construction in contemporary societies; gender studies; generational studies; China’s only-child generation, including the long-term consequences of the one-child policy; the Internet in socio-cultural contexts and youth and the Internet; international comparative studies in sociology, education and youth culture; the impact of China’s higher education reform on young people’s life chances; rural education in China; gender and education; postgraduate supervision from an international and comparative perspective

Teaching contributions

  • Youth in modern societiy
  • Sociology of gender
  • Qualitative methodology and methods
  • Higher education in developing countries
  • Academic writing
  • Comparative and international education
  • Education policies and planning
  • English as second language

Higher education and employment history

 Higher Education

  • Ph.D. in Educational Studies, University of Oslo, Norway (2006).
  • M.Phil. in International and Comparative Education, University of Oslo, Norway (2002).
  • M.A. in English Literature, Hebei University, China (1993).
  • B.A. in English, Hebei Teachers’ University, China (1990).


  • Professor, Department of Education, University of Oslo (September 2012-present)
  • Associate Professor, Institute of Educational Research, University of Oslo. (July 2012-September 2012)
  • Senior lecturer, Institute of Educational Research, University of Oslo. (July 2010- June 2012).
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Educational Research, University of Oslo, Norway (2007-2009).
  • Dean of English Department, Chengde Teachers’ College for the National Ethnic Minorities. China (1999-2000).
  • Lecturer at the English Department, Chengde Teachers’ College for the National Ethnic Minorities, China (1988-1990; 1993-1999).
  • Lecturer for the English Class, Pingquan Normal School, China (1987-1988).

Completed projects

Selected awards

  • Winner of the "George Bereday Annual Best Article Award" for the article The rise of the “priceless” child in China. Comparative Education Review. (2016)


Tags: China, Global South, Gender, Modern childhood, Education


  • Lauglo, Jon & Liu, Fengshu (2019). The Reverse Gender Gap in Adolescents’ Expectation of Higher Education: Analysis of 50 Education Systems. Comparative Education Review.  ISSN 0010-4086.  63(1), s 28- 57 . doi: 10.1086/701231
  • Liu, Fengshu (2017). An expressive turn with a Chinese twist: Other-sex relations in three generations. Sociology.  ISSN 0038-0385.  s 1- 16 . doi: 10.1177/0038038517702601
  • Liu, Fengshu (2017). Chinese young men’s construction of exemplary masculinity: The hegemony of chenggong. Men and Masculinities.  ISSN 1097-184X.  22(2), s 294- 316 . doi: 10.1177/1097184X17696911
  • Liu, Fengshu (2016). The rise of the “priceless” child in China. Comparative Education Review.  ISSN 0010-4086.  60(1), s 105- 130 Show summary
  • Liu, Fengshu (2015). Wangba and Heterotopian Experiences - Urban Chinese Young People and Their Use of Internet Cafè, In Peter Kelly & Annelies Kamp (ed.),  A Critical Youth Studies for the 21st Century.  Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 978-90-04-24375-0.  Chapter 16.  s 284 - 298
  • Liu, Fengshu (2014). From degendering to (re)gendering the self: Chinese youth negotiating modern womanhood. Gender and Education.  ISSN 0954-0253.  26(1), s 18- 34 . doi: 10.1080/09540253.2013.860432
  • Liu, Fengshu (2013). Kultivering av det relasjonelle selv: Konfusiansk Xiushen, I:  Danningens filosofihistorie.  Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 9788205444218.  chapter 2.  s 55 - 66
  • Liu, Fengshu (2012). 'Politically indifferent' nationalists? Chinese youth negotiating political identity in the internet age. European Journal of Cultural Studies.  ISSN 1367-5494.  15(1), s 53- 69 . doi: 10.1177/1367549411424950
  • Liu, Fengshu & Ngwana, Terfot (2012). Internationalization and globalization: Implications for higher education learning and teaching, In Trevor Kerry (ed.),  international perspectives on higher education: Challenging values and practice.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-4411-0203-4.  chapter 5.  s 106 - 126
  • Fengshu, Liu (2011). The Norm of the ‘Good’ Netizen and the Construction of the Proper Wired Self: The Case of Chinese Urban Youth. New Media & Society.  ISSN 1461-4448.  13(1), s 7- 22 . doi: 10.1177/1461444809360701
  • Liu, Fengshu (2011). Wired for fun Narratives by members of China's E-generation. Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research.  ISSN 1103-3088.  19(1), s 69- 89 . doi: 10.1177/110330881001900105
  • Fengshu, Liu (2010). The Internet in the Everyday Lifeworld: A Comparison between High School Students in China and Norway. Comparative Education.  ISSN 0305-0068.  46(4), s 527- 550
  • Fengshu, Liu (2009). It is not merely about life on the screen: urban Chinese youth and the Internet cafe. Journal of Youth Studies.  ISSN 1367-6261.  12(2), s 167- 184 . doi: 10.1080/13676260802590386
  • Fengshu, Liu (2008). Constructing the autonomous middle-class self in today's China: the case of young-adult only-children university students. Journal of Youth Studies.  ISSN 1367-6261.  11(2), s 193- 212 . doi: 10.1080/13676260701800746
  • Fengshu, Liu (2008). Negotiating the filial self: Young-adult only-children and intergenerational relationships in China. Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research.  ISSN 1103-3088.  16(4), s 409- 430
  • Fengshu, Liu (2006). Boys as Only-Children and Girls as Only-Children—Parental Gendered Expectations of the Only-Child in the Nuclear Chinese Family in Present-day China. Gender and Education.  ISSN 0954-0253.  18(5), s 491- 506
  • Fengshu, Liu (2006). School Culture and Gender, In  The Sage Handbook of Gender and Education.  Sage Publications.  ISBN 1-4129-0792-6.  Kapitel 31.  s 425 - 438
  • Fengshu, Liu (2004). Basic Education in China’s Rural Areas: A legal Obligation or an Individual Choice?. International Journal of Educational Development.  ISSN 0738-0593.  24(1), s 5- 21

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  • Fengshu, Liu (2011). Urban Youth in China: Modernity, the Internet and the Self. Routledge.  ISBN 978-0-415-87486-1.  240 s.
  • Skelton, Christine & Fengshu, Liu (2006). The Sage Handbook of Gender and Education. Sage Publications.  ISBN 1-4129-0792-6.  512 s.

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  • Fengshu, Liu (2009). Postgraduate Supervision as Lived Experiences: An International and Comparative Perspective.
  • Fengshu, Liu (2008). The norm of the ‘good’ netizen and the construction of the proper wired self: the case of Chinese urban youth.
  • Fengshu, Liu (2008). Where else can one go? Urban Chinese youth and the Net café as a third place.
  • Fengshu, Liu (2007). Identity Construction of University Students: The Case of First-Generation of Young-Adult Only-Children.
  • Fengshu, Liu (2006). Modernization as Lived Experiences: Identity Construction of Young Adult Only-Children in Present-Day China.
  • Fengshu, Liu (2005). Reflexive Modernization and Identity Construction: the Case of China.
  • Fengshu, Liu (2004). Parental Academic Aspirations vis-à-vis Parental Gender-Specific Expectations in the Only-Child Family.

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