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Celebrating 10 years of CRiVA: Lihan Miao

The Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) was launched in 2013 and has since been designing and enhancing research-led education, policy and practice in the field of violence and abuse.

Lihan Miao has been part of CRiVA since joining in 2022 during her PhD at the Department of Sociology.

Read on to find out more about Lihan, her role and passion and why CRiVA is so important.

Lihan Miao, CRiVA member
Lihan Miao, CRiVA member
How did you become involved with the work in the Centre?

My research primarily delves into the representation and responses to domestic violence on social media platforms in China. By analysing these responses, we can gain critical insights into societal perceptions and attitudes. These findings are crucial as they can inform interventions, policy changes, and awareness campaigns tailored to the cultural and societal nuances of the region. The potential impact of this research extends beyond the academic community. It has the real potential to bring about tangible, positive change in society, challenging stereotypes, and reshaping narratives.

Why are you so passionate about the Centre and the work they do?

From the moment I joined, the welcoming and enthusiastic environment of CRiVA deeply resonated with me, especially as an international student far from home. The Centre’s vibrant community, comprising of scholars from various backgrounds, has been a source of constant learning. Each member brings their unique perspectives and expertise to the table, creating a melting pot of ideas and knowledge.

I’ve been particularly fortunate to learn from these diverse members. Their insights have been invaluable, helping me refine my own research and approach. The Centre’s unwavering dedication to addressing pressing societal issues, especially in the realm of domestic violence, has been a significant source of inspiration. It has further fuelled my passion and commitment to my work.

Being a part of CRiVA has been a transformative experience. It has opened doors to numerous opportunities, including participating in enriching academic seminars and engaging in meaningful peer interactions. I’ve also had the privilege to collaborate on research projects specifically related to family violence, further deepening my understanding of the subject. These experiences have not only enriched my academic journey but have also provided me with a holistic and broader perspective on the multifaceted issue of domestic violence.”

What opportunities did you have working as part of CRiVA?

My time as a Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) in the Department of Sociology has been one of the most cherished and memorable experiences of my life. The academic atmosphere here encouraged me to delve deep, question, and innovate, with every day filled with new learnings and discoveries. Collaborating with top-notch professors, I received invaluable advice and guidance, and their passion and expertise profoundly influenced me. Moreover, interacting with peers from all over the world, I not only broadened my academic horizons but also forged deep friendships. The beautiful campus and historic buildings of Durham added a rich cultural dimension to my academic journey. Looking back at my days in Durham, I feel incredibly fortunate and content, cherishing those memories forever.

Find out more

  • Lihan Miao is a Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) in the Department of Sociology. Visit her profile
  • The Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) is dedicated to improving knowledge about interpersonal violence and abuse, and professional and societal responses to it. Find out more
  • CRiVA’s research has received international acclaim and led to ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ impact ratings. Discover more
  • Our Department of Sociology is ranked 1st in the UK for Criminology and 3rd in the UK for Sociology in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024. Feeling inspired? Visit our Sociology webpages to learn more about studying with us.
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