Rebecca Ye

Rebecca Ye

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Works at Department of Education
Telephone 08-120 763 71
Visiting address Frescativägen 54
Postal address Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I research what goes on at the intersection of education and labour markets, paying special attention to vocations, trajectories and temporality. In recent years, I have examined education-to-work pathways that are institutionalised, as well as pathways that are emerging and anticipatory. These projects have permitted me to study elite institutions, vocational education as well as transnational education strategies, and have allowed me to amass fieldwork experience in Singapore, the United Kingdom and Sweden. You can read more about my recent research projects and publications here.

From 2020, I will be leading an in-depth, mixed methods project on the higher vocational education system in Sweden, funded by the Swedish Research Council. I am also working on a project that is concerned with revisiting the notion of "sponsored mobility" by examining a specific type of education to work trajectory: one where students are selected early and sponsored to study abroad in elite universities, with the obligation to return to their home country to take on a vocation in the public service.

Before life in academia, I worked in the foreign service as well as conducted research for policy and practice at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and Institute for Adult Learning in Singapore. I am presently Assistant Professor at the Department of Education, Stockholm University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Nanyang Techological University. I received my PhD in Sociology from Stockholm University and a Master of Science in Sociology from the University of Oxford.


Co-lecturer / seminar leader for the following courses at Stockholm University, Department of Education and Department of Sociology:

  • International Comparative Education, Masters course in Education: Autumn 2019
  • Theory of Science, Masters course in Education: Autumn 2019
  • Sociological Perspectives on Organization and Leadership, Masters course in Human Relations (PAO): Autumn 2019, Autumn 2018
  • Qualitative analysis, Sociologi III: Autumn 2018
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods, Masters course in Sociology: Autumn 2018
  • Sociological Analysis, Sociologi III: Autumn/Spring 2018, Autumn/Spring 2017, Autumn 2016 
  • Sociological Theory, Sociologi III: Spring 2015, Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016



Selected publications

          This work has also been included in the following edited volumes:

Service activities

  • Advisory board, Forum for Asian Studies, Stockholm University
  • Advisory board, Springer Lifelong Learning Book Series
  • Advisory board (Programråd), Master’s Programme in Computational Social Science, Institute for Analytical Sociology, Linköping University
  • Editorial board, Confero Journal: Essays on Education, Philosophy and Politics


Last updated: January 22, 2020

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