Liu Yiran received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Tsinghua University. A Beijing native, she received her B.A. in both English Literature and International Journalism and Communication from Beijing Foreign Studies University. She pursued graduate study at the University of Oxford and received her M.Sc. degree in Sociology. Her main research interests focus on the urbanization process in China and the problems brought by it. Her current research centers on the unique characteristics of Chinese social movements and how the movements are influenced by people’s cognition and the Chinese culture behind it.