2020 applicants

Tong Pei

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Government
 Tong Pei


Ask me about
  • China study
  • Experience of smoking
  • E-cigarettes use
  • Global tobacco control policy
  • Qualitative research methods


I was born in Tianjin, a coastal city in the northeast China. After four years undergraduate study in law in China, I chose to study abroad. I did my master at the University of York, UK. My master thesis looks at cigarette smuggling in China. This interest led me to continue my research and to explore tobacco use from both macro and micro level. My present research looks at Chinese young adults cigarette smoking trajectory and their attitudes towards the effectiveness of tobacco control policy in China. In particular, I focus on the history of tobacco use and reasons behind the huge gender gap in smoking prevalence in China. I also look at young adults experience and understanding of e-cigarettes use. Conference paper: 2018 'Cigarette as a social currency: young mens smoking experience in China', presented in British Sociological Association 50th Anniversary Medical Sociology Annual Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 12-14 September 2018 Chinese Sociological Conference, Nanjing University, China, 15-17 July 2018 'Smoking and young women in China: how does "socially unacceptable behaviour of smoking cigarettes" influence smoking choice?', presented in 31th Graduate Conference, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, UK, Southend-On-Sea, England, 25-26 April 2017 'A qualitative study of how Chinese young people understand smoking behaviour in gender', presented in 112th American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, 14 August 2016 The experiences of young smokers and non-smokers: motivation and attitudes towards tobacco control policy in China, presented in 11 Asia-Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health, Beijing, China, 15 September 2016 'Tobacco or health: smoking prevalence in Mainland China and global tobacco control strategies', presented in 28th Graduate Conference, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, UK, Southend-On-Sea, England, 18 February Publication: 2019 Pei, Tong, book review: Yang, Jie. Mental Health in China: Psychologization and Therapeutic Governance, Cambridge, UK; Malden, MA: Polity 2017. 262pp £50 (hbk) ISBN-13: 978-1-5095-0295-0', Sociology of Health & Illness, 41(2), 449-450.


  • M.A. in Comparative and International Social Policy University of York, UK (2015)

  • B.A. in Law Hunan University, China (2013)

Research and professional activities


Young peoples Perceptions of Smoking and Tobacco Control in China: A Qualitative Study

Supervisor: Professor Joan Busfield




Colchester Campus

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Office: 6. 342