Dr Ning Xiang

Research Fellow

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 334 69304


An experienced researcher with a multi-disciplinary training background, Ning is a Research Fellow in the Education and Disadvantage group at ISSR. Ning has worked on the Student Engagement Research and Analysis Project for the New South Wales Department of Education, as well as a number of other projects funded by the Australian Department of Education, Brisbane Catholic Education, Queensland Department of Education, and NGOs.

Ning has strong expertise in delivering multi-year collaborative research projects, including complex mix-method evaluation projects (e.g., the national evaluation of the Australian Government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme and a follow-up ARC Linkage Project, funded by the Department of Social Services).

Ning has also significantly contributed to a number of projects funded though various research grant schemes, utilising data from LSIC, LSAC, LSAY and HILDA to investigate the impacts of a range of factors (e.g., individual, family, school and community) on disadvantaged students’ outcomes, such as socio-emotional wellbeing, academic achievement, university participation and graduate labour market outcomes.

Ning has specialist expertise in literature review, constructing theoretical framework to guide data analyses, data preparation, management, screening and analysis, which she has applied to great effect in these projects. Ning has a track record of successfully delivering accessible and policy informing documentation. She also specialises in longitudinal data analysis, and has published extensively on school climate, student engagement, and long-term education and labour market outcomes for students from equity groups.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Masters (Coursework) of Science, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Masters (Coursework) of Education, Peking University
  • Bachelor of Economics, Beijing University of Technology


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Book Chapter

  • Tomaszewski, Wojtek, Perales, Francisco, Xiang, Ning and Kubler, Matthias (2022). Differences in higher education access, participation and outcomes by socioeconomic background: a life course perspective. Family dynamics over the life course: foundations, turning points and outcomes. (pp. 133-155) edited by Janeen Baxter, Jack Lam, Jenny Povey, Rennie Lee and Stephen R. Zubrick. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-12224-8_7

  • Tomaszewski, W., Perales, F. and Xiang, N. (2020). Schools and career guidance key to widening university participation. 25 Years of LSAY: Research from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. (pp. 64-68) edited by Cameron Forrest and Charlotte Scobie. Adelaide, SA, Australia: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Grants (Administered at UQ)