Marie Bellot

Researcher and Chief Editor of China Perspectives


Email: [email protected]

Research fields

Graduate youth, Sociology of youth in China, socialisation, social movements



2012-2019: PhD in sociology, University Lyon 2. Defended in February 2019
2006-2011: MA in social sciences « Contemporary East Asia » (University Lyon 2 – ENS de Lyon) and MA in political science (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon – Institute of Political Sciences)


2019-2021: Independent researcher, associated to Triangle – UMR 5206 (ENS Lyon)

Part-time Lecturer

2023-2024: CUHK – Social Issues and Problems in Contemporary China

2022-2023: CUHK – Urban China

2018-2019: EM Lyon Business School
2014-2019: INSA Lyon
2015-2016: University Lyon 2

Research Assistant
2019-2022: « Migratory flows, multipolar economies and stratified globalizations from Yiwu »
2016-2018: «Young workers, economic marginalization and urban skills in Lyon, Shanghai and Milano »
2015-2018: « Forced mobilities, urban government and right to city in Europe and China»
2012-2015: «Qualified young migrants, globalized work and migratory skills in China and France”,


Articles in peer-reviewed journal

2024. (with Justine Rochot) “China Perspectives, 30 Years of Academic Publication  on Contemporary China” – China Perspectives 136: 5-10. (https://journals.openedition.org/chinaperspectives/16723)
2020. « Public Space and Affect. Political Sensibilities, Biographical Narratives and Emotional Framing in China » . Civilisations vol. 69|2020 – Public Spaces in Socialist East Asia. (https://journals.openedition.org/civilisations/5750?lang=en)
2019. « Figures temporaires de citoyenneté en contexte chinois » (Temporary figures of citizenship in Chinese context), Sciences de la société, 104

Book and book’s chapters
2021. « Social organizations and state institutions: multiple, labile, and situated cooperations. The case of the education of migrant children in Shanghai», In. Sociology of migration and Post-western theory (Laurence Roulleau-Berger and Liu Yuzhao eds.) ENS Editions.
2020. « Migration. Jeunesse qualifiée en migration. Contraintes et inégalités », (« Migration. Migrant young graduates. Constraints and inequalities ») Le capital dans la cité. Une encyclopédie critique de la ville (M. Adam and E. Comby eds.), Editions Amsterdam.

Book review
2020. « Isabelle Thireau, « Des lieux en commun. Une ethnographie des rassemblements publics en Chine» (« Common places. An ethnography of public gatherings in China »), Lectures [En ligne], Les comptes rendus (https://journals.openedition.org/lectures/46657)

Conferences and Symposium

« Public space and affect. Political sensibilities, biographical narratives and emotional framing in China », Public spaces in socialist East Asia, GENEsYs Final Conference «East Asian Youth in Public Spaces». Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). 26 May 2021.

« 工作与移民。以在法国的中国毕业生为例 » (Work and Migration. The case of Graduate Chinese in France). Conference for the Institut of Economic Sociology and Multinationals. Shanghai University (online), 27 November 2020

« Stepping aside from public space. “Youth spaces” as spaces of political reshaping », International Convention of Asian Scholars – ICAS -, Leiden (Netherlands), 19 July 2019

« Qualified young people, resistance toward “success” norms and persistence of social inequalities in contemporary China », International Workshop «Alternative Youth in China», Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), 25 June 2019

« Qualified young people, collective housing and emotional solidarities », International IAL workshop « Inequalities and solidarities », School of sociology and political science, Shanghai University, 21 March 2019

« Civil society or “citizen’s society – 公民社会” ? », Inaugural Congress of the East Asian Sociological Association, RN «Social movements and civil society», Tokyo, 8 March 2019

« Public space and political participation in China », « Anthropology of East Asian societies», Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), 26 February 2019

Synthesis of the session «Collective action and struggle for justice», Workshop Inequalities, mobilization and citizenship, ENS Lyon, 6 February 2017

« Youth and collective action in China », Doing Fieldwork and crossed practices in Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, 19 September 2016

« Cultural, cosmopolitan aspirations and the production of symbolical, social and physical spaces », ENS/CASS Congress «Urban Communities and “Right to the City” », ENS Lyon, 18 July 2016

« From ruralities to urbanities. Plurality in Urbanities’ regime of young Chinese graduates » Workshop: Doing fieldwork in today’s China. IEDES, Paris, 10 December 2015

« Facing uncertainties: organizations and social capital of young graduates », Modes of political organization and participation of Youth in East Asia, 5th Asia and Pacific Congress, GIS Asie, Paris, 10 September 2015

« The concept of intermediate space on a Chinese fieldwork », Sino-French Center (CFC), Qinghua University, 2 December 2014

«Between discussions and the construction of a public sphere, careers of young Chinese in a “youth space”», New European research on contemporary China conference, Beijing, 2 July 2014