Xinyi Zhao

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Xinyi Zhao

DPhil in Sociology (PRS)

Thesis: 'Bibliometric analysis on gender inequality in academia: Opportunities or challenges in the era of globalization and digitalization?'

SupervisorRidhi Kashyap and Emilio Zagheni (MPIDR)

I am a first-year DPhil student in Sociology at the Department of Sociology and the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science. My main research interests include applying digital and computational innovations (e.g. new types of data and methods) in demography and social science, with a particular interest in migration and gender disparity. I am also interested in the methods of scientometric, spatial data analysis, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). My ongoing research relies on large-scale digitized bibliometric data to document and analyze the international migration of researchers, and to examine the gender disparity across disciplines and geographies in academia. I further tend to investigate to what extent female researchers benefit from international migration and to what extent online dissemination (e.g. on Twitter) helps female researchers increase their scientific impact and visibility.

I am also affiliated with the lab of Digital and Computational Demography at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Germany. Prior to my DPhil study, I worked as a research assistant in the Department of Urban planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong. I hold a Master’s degree in Cartography and Geographic Information System from Nanjing University and a Bachelor’s degree in Geographic Information System from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan).

Research Interests: Digital and computational demography, Migration studies, Gender disparities, Spatial data analysis Geographic Information System (GIS)


  1. Zhao, X.Y., Aref, S., Zagheni, E., and Stecklov, G. (2021). “Mapping academic migration of German-affiliated researchers across countries using 8 million Scopus publications from 1996 to 2020“, Abstr. Int. Cartogr. Assoc., 3, 327.
  2. Zhao, X.Y., Aref, S., Zagheni, E., and Stecklov, G. (2021). “International migration in academia and citation performance: an analysis of German-affiliated researchers by gender and discipline using Scopus publications 1996-2020” In: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI 2021), Leuven, Belgium, July 12-15, 2021. Leuven: ISSI.
  3. Pu, Y.X., Zhao, X.Y., Chi, G.Q., Zhao, J., and Kong, F.H. (2019). “A Spatial Dynamic Panel Approach to Modelling the Space-time Dynamic of Interprovincial Migration Flows in China” Demographic Research 41(31): 913-948.
  4. Pu, Y.X., Zhao, X.Y., Chi, G.Q., Zhao, S.H., Wang, J.C., Jin, Z.B and Yin, J.J. (2019). “Design and Implementation of a Parallel Geographically Weighted k- Nearest Neighbor Classifier” Computers and Geosciences 6(127): 111-122
  5. Zhao, X.Y., and Pu, Y.X. (2018). “The Complex System of Interprovincial Migration Flows in China, 1985– 2015” 2018 26th International Conference on Geoinformatics, 2018: 1-6.