Environmental health is an urgent global issue. Building on her long-term work on experiences of illness, since 2007 Anna began to research the extent to which Chinese villagers regard pollution as a cause of illness and with what consequences. Citizen activism against pollution has attracted the attention of the media and the government alike. Although most environmental suffering takes place far from the purview of journalists, courts and NGOs, the daily grind of “living with pollution” has received scant attention.
Contemporary China Studies
Healthcare provision in rural areas presents an ongoing challenge for the Chinese government. Despite the recent introduction of a cooperative healthcare scheme, many obstacles remain to the even and fair distribution of welfare. In this context, it is vital to understand how Chinese villagers themselves view health, illness and healthcare, how they explain illnesses and where they may seek help.
Sarah Eaton is researching aspects of “state advance” (guojin) in China, a term used to describe the increasing power and wealth of large state-owned enterprises since the global financial crisis of 2008-09. One important conclusion of her research is that guojin is, in fact, a much longer-term and slower-moving process than most observers have realized. She has published results of this research project in The China Journal and Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies and is now completing a book manuscript on the subject.
In a series of presentations and articles, Paul Irwin Crookes puts forward evidence to suggest that a major inhibitor towards achieving a true strategic partnership between the European Union and China is the predominantly values-based paradigm that continues to dominate the EU’s engagement patterns with China.
China is now embracing a number of different foreign policy levers to project its interests into the international space. The country’s use of soft power, and the conceptual differences in interpretation between Chinese and European perspectives on the dynamics of soft power construction, has now become a topic of considerable importance and policy salience. In April 2013, Paul Irwin Crookes presented his latest research on this topic at an international conference organised by the College of Europe and hosted by the EU Committee of the Regions in Brussels.
Workshop held in Oxford in December 2005 sponsored by the ESRC and AHRC and organized by the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies.
In an era of unprecedented globalisation and urbanisation, migration and education have become principal strategies through which rural Chinese families pursue socio-economic mobility. Millions of rural adults now work in China’s cities, and increasingly too in developing countries, while their children stay with grandparents and other relatives and at boarding schools. Whereas in the 1990s parents sought to earn money to secure their families’ futures in the village, in the past decade, increasingly, their main objective has been to secure their children’s off-farm futures.
Owing to many parents’ preference for sons, sex ratios at birth (SRB) in China are imbalanced. During the 2000s SRB fluctuated at around 120 boys to 100 girls.