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China’s Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower with Dr Linda Yueh. 

This Tuesday 28th February, in Building 02 room 1083 from 17:00 till 19:00, the Southampton Debating Union are running an event entitled: China’s Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower with Dr Linda Yueh.

Dr Linda Yueh is  a broadcaster, author and leading economist, current adjunct professor of economics at the London Business School, and fellow at Oxford Univer sity. She is a TV and Radio presenter and has worked on a variety of BBC programmes. From 2013-15 she was the Chief Business Correspondent and a Contributing Editor for BBC News where she hosted ‘Talking Business with Linda Yueh’ as well as former Economics Editor at Bloomberg Television. She has been an advisor to, among others, the World Economic Forum in Davos, the World Bank, the European Commission, and the Asian Development Bank. She is a published author and her most recent book China’s Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower offers one of the best explanations on a crucial factor for understanding economics in the 21st century.

You can find out more info for the event here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1924256811138752/

Apply Now to Study Abroad in China

If you’re interested in studying in China, the Chinese government is currently taking applications to receive their 2017 scholarship.

All university or higher education students can apply if they would like to study at a Chinese university and/or take a Chinese language course in the next academic year. Each scholarship includes tuition, medical insurance and accommodation, as well as a yearly allowance to help you make the most of your time abroad.

The application deadline is Friday 17 February, and if you’d like to get involved please email the Study Abroad and Exchange team on studyabroad@southampton.ac.uk

For further information about the programme, please visit the SUSSED website.

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New calls have opened for China:

  1. Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowships (closing date: 4pm 14th September 2016)
  2. Academy of Medical Science Advance Fellowship (closing date: 14th September 2016)
  3. Researcher Links Workshop grants (closing date: 4pm 19th September 2016)
  4. UK-China PhD Placement Programme (closing date: 20th September 2016)

Below is a brief overview:

1)      Royal Society Advances Fellowships

This scheme provides established international researchers with an opportunity to develop the research strengths and capabilities of their research group through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in the UK. The skills and knowledge gained should lead to changes in the wellbeing of communities and increased economic benefits.

This award is currently available to international early career group leaders to develop their research by linking them with some of the best research groups in the UK. The aim is to:

  • Support the development of a well-trained research community who can contribute to poverty alleviation by transferring new skills and creating new knowledge which can lead to changes in the wellbeing of communities and increased economic benefits.
  • Strengthen research excellence in partner countries by supporting promising independent, early-career scientists and their research groups and networks to develop their research through training, collaboration, reciprocal visits and the transfer of knowledge and skills from the UK.
  • Establish long-term links between the best research groups (and networks) in partner countries and the UK to ensure that improvements in research capacity are sustainable in the longer term. Such long-term links will also benefit the UK, securing our position with partner countries as the scientific partner of choice.

This scheme is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as part of the Newton Fund and is in partnership with the Academy of Medical Sciences and the British Academy. Applicants in the social sciences and humanities should apply to the British Academy.

For more information please check: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-advanced-fellowships/

 

2)      Academy of Medical Science Advance Fellowship

The Academy of Medical Sciences, in partnership with the Royal Society and the British Academy, is offering Newton Advanced Fellowships to support early to mid-career international researchers from partner countries who have already established, or are well advanced in the process of establishing, a research group or network and a research track record in clinical or patient-oriented research.  The Newton Advanced Fellowships are available through the Newton Fund which is part of the UK’s official development assistance.

These awards of up to three years of support, offer an opportunity for Fellows to develop the strengths and capabilities of their research groups through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with a partner in some of the best research groups in the UK.

*Current round*

Applicants for the current round have to be Chinese researchers supported by the NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) through the Distinguished Young Scholar Programme or Excellent Young Scientist Programme. Please read the scheme notes available to download on this page for more information.

For more information please check: http://www.acmedsci.ac.uk/grants-and-schemes/grant-schemes/newton-advanced-fellowships/

 

3)      Researchers Links Workshop Grant

Researcher Links Workshops bring together early-career researchers from the UK and a partner country to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research. Applications are made on a bi-lateral basis by senior researchers. Once funded, grants are available for early-career researchers in the UK and the country hosting the workshop to attend. These grants are funded under the Newton Fund Opens in a new tab or window., a UK Government initiative funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, together with partner funders from around the world. The Fund aims to promote the economic development and welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the problems of low-income and vulnerable populations.

Please note there is also a separate Researcher Links Workshops call Opens in a new tab or window. outside of the Newton Fund.

Priority areas: Partner countries may specify priority areas and will only accept applications within these. Priority areas are listed in the Guidelines document (Downloads section of the website below).

ODA requirement: All applications under the Newton Fund require applicants to meet the ODA (Official Development Assistance) guidelines and criteria –  see attached.

For more information please check: https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/current-opportunities/workshop-grants-newton-july-2016

 

4)      UK-China PhD Placement Programme

Sponsorships for UK and Chinese PhD students and their supervisors to spend a period of study of three to 12 months (for PhD students) and up to three months (for supervisors) at higher education institutions in China or the UK. The focus is on research areas that reflect the common interests and demands of both countries, including:

  • health and life sciences
  • food and water security
  • environmental technologies
  • energy
  • urbanisation
  • education and creative economy for economic development and social welfare

Please note, applicants must find a host institution in their target country and placements must start between January and December 2017.

For more information please check: https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/current-opportunities/uk-china-phd-placement-programme

For more information, please contact Niki Price (RIS Collaboration Manager) atN.Price@soton.ac.uk.

 

Centre for Research on Ageing / ESRC Centre for Population Change joint seminar

On Thursday 19th May at 3pm in 02/1039 we are delighted that Professor Xiaoting Liu from Zhejiang University will speaking on ‘Long Term Care for older people in China: Need, cost and policy design http://www.cpc.ac.uk/seminars/?link=home.php&id=194

Prof Liu is currently visiting the CRA & CPC from our WUN partner Zhejiang University, working with colleagues on joint research on health, care and ageing in China.

A full abstract of her seminar is provided below. Tea and coffee will be served after the seminar. All are welcome.

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ABSTRACT

China is ageing very rapidly, and by mid-century, it will have ‘caught up’ with many countries in the developed world with respect to population ageing. Long term care (LTC) policy development, therefore, is becoming a priority in China, although it is still in its infancy. This seminar provides an integrated framework of need-and-cost analysis on the basis of ADLs/IADLs disability prevalence and its trends, before putting forward a budget proposal for a public, means-tested system of LTC provision. The dynamics of disability and related social determinants were investigated using three waves of nationally representative longitudinal data (SSAPUR, 2000, 2006 and 2010), applying a Random Effect model and a Generalized Estimating Equation model. Healthy life expectancy was estimated by the Sullivan method. The results indicated that the disability prevalence declined as life expectancy and disability-free life expectancy increased, and the duration of disability changed from compression to expansion. The number of disabled older people in need of LTC was estimated taking key social determinants into account (e.g. socio-economic status, urbanization, health insurance, health-risk behaviours). Results indicate that about 44 million people aged 60 and over (and 27 million persons aged 80+) would be in need of long term care in 2050. Against the background of a critical policy debate on whether to initiate LTC insurance in China, this research proposes a safety net public subsidy policy for the provision of LTC services both for today and into the future. As part of the government’s responsibility, this subsidy policy is more realistic currently, and benefits vulnerable older groups. Using projections in several scenarios, the total LTC cost is projected to be only 0.25% of GDP to begin with (equivalent to about 1.25% of fiscal revenues), and will constitute about 1.42% of GDP in 2050, which is in line with the current average LTC expenditures among OECD countries (1.6% of GDP).

 

The new two-child policy in China: a liberal change or continued control of reproductive rights?

In October 2015, it was announced by the ruling Chinese Communist Party that it’s one-child policy, in place since 1979, was to be lifted with effect from March 2016 and replaced with the two-child policy of ‘one couple, two children’’. This historic U-turn was met with much publicity and is widely considered a step forward for the reproductive rights of the Chinese population.
A commentary article published in the Annals of Human Biology by Sabu Padmadas, Professor of Demography and Global Health at Southampton University, describes the legacy of the one-child policy as including an ageing population, male-dominant sex ratios and impingement on reproductive rights. He questions whether the policy was effective in reducing population numbers or if the fertility transition, which had already taken place during the 1970’s, would have in any event resulted in a declining population.
Prof. Padmadas highlights that attitudes of ‘modern-day’ Chinese women and family systems are very different to those in 1979 and present a more complex context for the new two-child policy. Padmadas is doubtful that the two-child policy will bring about meaningful changes to population numbers and maintains that “it is almost certain that the two-child policy is not liberal in terms of basic human rights and reproductive rights”.


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CALL FOR PAPERS

New European Research on Contemporary China Conference (3rd Edition)
Date: July 4 – 6 , 2016
Venue: Beijing (Delegation of the European Union to China)

This conference aims to bring together doctoral candidates, post-doctoral researchers and recent PhDs based in China, either European nationals or affiliated with European research institutions, in order to produce an overview of the emerging problematics in Chinese studies. The focus of the conference is on contemporary China, in a multi-disciplinary social science perspective.

Funding Opportunity

The Universities’ China Committee in London gives grants:

  • To UK-based scholars at doctoral (normally from the second year of their degree onward), postdoctoral, and faculty level working on, or studying, relevant subjects at UK universities who wish to undertake visits to China for specific research or lecture reasons;
  • To Chinese scholars who seek to make research visits to the UK;
  • For academic conferences and the promotion and teaching of Chinese and other Chinese studies in the UK.

For more information and to download our application form, please visit our website.

Events

China’s Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower with Dr Linda Yueh.

This Tuesday 28th February, in Building 02 room 1083 from 17:00 till 19:00, the Southampton Debating Union are running an event entitled:
China’s Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower with Dr Linda Yueh.

Dr Linda Yueh is a broadcaster, author and leading economist, current adjunct professor of economics at the London Business School, and fellow at Oxford Univer sity. She is a TV and Radio presenter and has worked on a variety of BBC programmes. From 2013-15 she was the Chief Business Correspondent and a Contributing Editor for BBC News where she hosted ‘Talking Business with Linda Yueh’ as well as former Economics Editor at Bloomberg Television. She has been an advisor to, among others, the World Economic Forum in Davos, the World Bank, the European Commission, and the Asian Development Bank. She is a published author and her most recent book China’s Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower offers one of the best explanations on a crucial factor for understanding economics in the 21st century.

You can find out more info for the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1924256811138752/

Centre for Research on Ageing / ESRC Centre for Population Change joint seminar

On Thursday 19th May at 3pm in 02/1039 we are delighted that Professor Xiaoting Liu from Zhejiang University will speaking on ‘Long Term Care for older people in China: Need, cost and policy design http://www.cpc.ac.uk/seminars/?link=home.php&id=194

Prof Liu is currently visiting the CRA & CPC from our WUN partner Zhejiang University, working with colleagues on joint research on health, care and ageing in China.

A full abstract of her seminar is provided below.

Tea and coffee will be served after the seminar. All are welcome.

launch of the China Research Centre

Thursday, November 26, 2015 5.00 – 6.00 pm

Turner Sims, Salisbury Road, Southampton SO17 1BJ

We are excited to announce the launch of the China Research Centre! The
launch event will be held at Turner Sims from 17:00-18:00 on 26th, in
conjunction with Professor Traute Meyer’s two day conference: The
Evolution of Social Protection: China and Europe compared.
Professor Derek McGhee, the Director of the China Research Centre, will
give a short speech at 17:15pm.
Thank you for joining in this effort. Let’s wish CRC a great success in
the coming years.

Wednesday 11 November, 2015

Dr Nana Zhang presented her work on internal migration in China in the ESRC Social Science Festival on Immigration, University of Southampton (organised by Dr Julie Vullnetari Dr Bindi Shah), ‘The Problem With ‘Immigration Street’: Debunking Myths’.

Nana

Calendar

Calendar will be here.