Chinese Social Policy Stream

The 2019 Chinese Social Policy Stream will present recent research on developments in Chinese social policy. Its aim is to increase the capacity of Chinese and Australian researchers to collaborate in areas of joint policy research interest by building on their record of cooperative social policy research relations.

The stream will discuss broad topics regarding social policies in China, including:

  • urbanisation and migration
  • governance and community development
  • social integration
  • social policy and innovation
  • poverty
  • social security
  • ageing
  • disability
  • child welfare and protection

All presentations will be in English. 

Chinese, Australian and other international researchers and government and non-government officials engaged in current research in China or with an interest in developing that research agenda are welcome to attend the stream. The stream will strengthen networks of academics, postgraduate students and officials, and support discussion of research findings and their implications for policy development.

On Tuesday 10 September, SPRC will host light refreshments for delegates from the Chinese social policy stream, followed by a panel discussion. Please join us at 6pm in rooms 221 and 223 John Goodsell Building (next to Scientia).

Presenters in the Chinese social policy stream are invited to submit a paper to a special issue of the China Economic Review. For more information, please see the Call for Papers on the journal website

Opening Keynote Address

Dorothy Solinger is Professor Emerita of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. She has authored six books, including Contesting Citizenship in Urban China (1999) (winner of the 2001 Joseph R. Levenson prize of the Association for Asian Studies for the best book on 20th century China), States' Gains, Labor’s Losses (2009) and Chinese Business Under Socialism (1984). She has also edited or co-edited another six books, including (co-edited with Nina Bandelj), Socialism Vanquished, Socialism Challenged: Eastern Europe and China, 1989-2009 (2012) ,and published nearly 100 articles and book chapters. Her most recent publication is her edited book, Polarized Cities: Portraits of Rich and Poor in Urban China (2019). She has been Visiting Lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Visiting Research Professor, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. She has held fellowships from the Center for Chinese Studies at UC Berkeley and at the University of Michigan, from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Hoover Institution, the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation of the ACLS, and the Smith Richardson Foundation. Her current work is on the urban poor and the assistance program for its members.