The primary focus of the research programme is the reform period that began at the end of 1978. It has two broad aims: first, to draw together research on contemporary China in various teaching and research units of the School and, second, to fill in gaps. The programme would thus give a discernable profile to the School’s contribution to the research on China and enhance its impact. As outlined below, the programme is multi-disciplinary, policy-oriented (when relevant) and builds on an extensive research record. The programme is structured around the following themes:

  • Economic growth and its correlates
  • Public finances and social security
  • Environmental problems and climate change
  • Anthropological explorations into personal relations

These themes cover a broad range of research topics and are overlapping. The programme will be selective, focused on a few topics under each theme. Each of the themes is based on a substantial record of research by the members of the School associated with the LSE Asia Research Centre (ARC). Under each of the research field, there is a list of School members who are engaged in research in the field or plan to do so in the near future.

A notable feature of the research programme is the emphasis on collaboration with Chinese institutions. Almost all of the research on which the programme is founded has been collaborative; this would continue to hold for future research activities.

The ARC regularly hosts academic visitors from China and holds research seminars and public forums on China related issues.


URBACHINA: Sustainable Urbanisation in China, historical and comparative perspectives|

Funded under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme, URBACHINA is a collaborative project managed by a consortium of 11 leading Chinese and European research institutions.