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Department of Education

Siyu Ma

Doctoral Student / Research Officer

College Affiliation: St Edmund Hall

Siyu Ma is a DPhil student in child development and learning at the Department of Education. Her doctoral research focuses on second-born children under the Chinese two-child policy, especially how siblings play a role in the socio-emotional, language, and early literacy development of these children.

Prior to starting her Dphil, Siyu completed an MSc in Education (Research Design and Methodology) at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Sonali Nag. Her MSc dissertation explored the roles of social background and home literacy environment in the language and literacy development of a Wales subsample from the Millennium Cohort Study and was awarded a High Distinction. She also holds a BSc degree with first-class honours in Psychology from the University of Bath.

Siyu is also a research associate working on TalkTogether, a UKRI GCRF-funded research project based at the Department of Education.

At TalkTogether, Siyu is responsible for designing online surveys and analysing quantitative data from child assessments and parent reports.


Ma, S. (2021). Family background and home literacy environment as predictors of the early literacy development of children in Wales – findings from the Millennium Cohort Study (Master’s thesis, University of Oxford).



Siblingship, Home Environment, and Child Development across SES groups: A Study of Second-born Children under the Chinese Two-child Policy


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