Mengwei completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent, and she worked as a Lecturer in Sociology for five years in China before returning to the UK for her senior lectureship at Swansea University.
Mengwei’s research focuses on international migration, specifically on two streams: first, she looks at international student cohorts both from China and to China and investigates their post-study career and migration trajectories; second, she explores the familial side of highly skilled migration by conducting qualitative longitudinal research on transnational families between China and the UK. Her academic career across China and the UK has enabled her to carry out empirical research in both countries, thus develop a transnational and comparative lens to her research subjects.
Mengwei is the author of book "Education, migration, and family relations between China and the UK" (Emerald, 2018). She also leads a funded project "Student/graduate from Belt-Road countries in China: migration networks and career trajectory” (2018-2023).
She is an editorial board member for Sociology. She is also an editorial board member for the British Journal of Sociology of Education.