Jihyun Lee

Post-Doctoral Researcher

University of Surrey




I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey. Prior to this, I was a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Geography at University College London where I received my PhD in Human Geography (May 2021).

Research Interests

• International student mobility

• Migration

• Higher education

Key Publications

Lee, J. and Waters, J. 2022. International education ‘here’ and ‘there’: geographies, materialities and differentiated mobilities within UK degrees, Soc. Cult. Geogr. (In press)

Lee, J., 2021a. A future of endless possibilities? Institutional habitus and international students’ post-study aspirations and transitions. Br. J. Sociol. Educ. 42, 404–418. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2021.1886907

Lee, J., 2021b. When the world is your oyster: international students in the UK and their aspirations for onward mobility after graduation. Glob. Soc. Educ. 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1080/14767724.2021.1904209


I am currently involved in a joint international project that examines the experiences of international students in the UK and Singapore during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the European Research Council-funded ‘Eurostudents’ project on higher education students across six European countries.