Rebecca Ye

Bitr. Universitetslektor

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Arbetar vid Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik
Telefon 08-120 763 71
Besöksadress Frescativägen 54
Postadress Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik 106 91 Stockholm

Om mig

I am a sociologist of education and work. My research takes place at the intersection of education and labour markets, and pays special attention to vocations, trajectories and temporality. In recent years, my research projects have examined elite institutions, higher vocational education, and transnational education strategies. These studies have allowed me to analyse education-to-work pathways that are institutionalised as well as pathways that are emerging and anticipatory. I have research fieldwork experience in Singapore, the United Kingdom and Sweden. More on ongoing research projects and publications can be read here.

Presently, I am an Assistant Professor (biträdande universitetslektor) at the Department of Education, Stockholm University. In previous years, I have been a visiting academic at the Nanyang Technological University and the UCL Institute of Education. 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 earned my PhD in Sociology at Stockholm University and Master of Science in Sociology at the University of Oxford.

Current projects: Together with Margarita Chudnovskaya and Erik Nylander, I am working on an in-depth, mixed methods project on the higher vocational education system in Sweden, funded by the Swedish Research Council. In a second area of research, I  am 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.


At the Department of Education at Stockholm University, I have been involved in the International and Comparative Education Masters programme, teaching courses such as Theory of Science and Educational Planning. I have also been teaching on the cross-departmental masters programme in Human Relations, on Sociological Perspectives on Organization. At the Department of Sociology previously, I taught on Qualitative Analysis and Methods courses, as well as on Sociological Theory.



Selected publications 

Ye, Rebecca. Schooling for government: institutionalised sponsored mobility and trajectories of public service scholarship recipients in Singapore (1979-2018), Journal of Education and Work, forthcoming

Ye, Rebecca. (2021). Rituals of vocational socialisation: faith-building in higher vocational education for weak-form occupational pathways. Vocations and Learning, Online first 

Ye, Rebecca and Erik Nylander. (2020). Deservedness, humbleness and chance: conceptualisations of luck and academic success among Singaporean elite students. International Studies in Sociology of Education, Online first.

Ye, Rebecca. (2020). Reality tests: navigating education to work transitions into weak-form occupations. Journal of Education and Work, 33(3), 242–253.

Ye, Rebecca. (2016). Transnational Higher Education Strategies into and out of Singapore: Commodification and Consecration. Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia 4(1): 85-108.

Ye, Rebecca, and Erik Nylander. (2015). The transnational track: state sponsorship and Singapore’s Oxbridge elite. British Journal of Sociology of Education 36(1): 11-33.  This article was awarded best paper (early career researcher category) and has been included as a chapter in the following books: Elites in Education: Major Themes in Education, edited by Agnes van Zaten (2018) and New Sociologies of Elite Schooling, edited by Jane Kenway and Aaron Koh (2017)


Senast uppdaterad: 29 mars 2021

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